Every Reason to Fail

The Unlikely Story of Miss Montana and the D-Day Squadron

Non-Fiction - Historical
342 Pages
Reviewed on 07/15/2021
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Author Biography

Bryan Douglass was one of the originators of the Miss Montana to Normandy project and one of the pilots who made the entire trip to Europe and back. A private pilot since 2008, he is an engineer for his day job and lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife Dawn and two Labradors.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite

Every Reason to Fail by Bryan Douglass is a mind-blowing, incredible non-fiction book centered around Miss Montana and the D-Day Squadron. Beginning with the creation of N24320 in 1944, this book tells of an exceptional military aircraft that was built too late to serve in World War II but eventually found purpose as part of a flying honor guard, invasion reenactor, and goodwill ambassador on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Written by pilot Bryan Douglass, this story also details the progress made to restore the 75-year-old historic plane in time for the transatlantic journey of the D-Day Squadron's Mighty Fifteen. In a year, the underdog of the D-Day Squadron faced insurmountable odds, constant delays, and a shortage of nearly everything except the determination of its crew.

Aviation, history, suspense, adventure, and teamwork are only a few of the things that make up Every Reason to Fail. Bryan Douglass truly hit the ball out of the park with this incredibly well-written and extraordinary book. By providing pictures of the plane and the crew, my interest in the book was piqued, and I couldn't stop reading. I loved how Bryan focused on the people who made the journey of Miss Montana possible. Bryan was exceptional at covering only the relevant events, making this book fast-paced and action-packed. Not only did he include the enormous support from the people of Missoula, but he also successfully captured the spirit of the Miss Montana crew and the beloved plane. Despite not going to war in 1944, the plane had a long history as a smoke-jumping, firefighting, and backcountry cargo plane in the Rocky Mountains. Reading this book has made me realize that all things are possible if you're determined to work hard for them and refuse to give up despite the obstacles in your way.