Letters to Lida is an historical account of World War II in the words of B-29 tail-gunner, Staff Sergeant David Lemal. The story is based on 150 letters David wrote to his mother, Lida, during the war and his reflections, as he read those letters to his daughter, nearly seventy years later.

For the first time since 1945, Staff Sergeant David J. Lemal shared details of his World War II experience, including his combat missions over Japan. These compelling war stories missed the letters and history books.

Letters to Lida illustrates the fortitude of a vanishing generation and offers an inside glimpse into the harsh realities of a soldier’s life before, during and after combat. In these pages are secrets many World War II soldiers never shared.

Letters to Lida demonstrates why war lingers in the hearts of soldiers. Those who have served will find themselves here, as will all who have been stung by the tentacles of war.


Letters to Lida illuminates the silent costs of conflict and the power of love to triumph over the indignities of war. It is a story told by a soldier and his daughter.



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