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Weapons Of The Eighth Air Force

Author: Frederick A. Johnsen
ISBN: 9781610607759
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Flying at 25,000 feet, loaded with 6000 pounds of bombs, bristling with thirteen .50 caliber machine guns, and with a highly trained and motivated flight crew, the B-17 Flying Fortress became the physical symbol of America's Mighty Eighth Air Force. Arrayed against the Eighth Air Force was Nazi Germany's veteran, battle tested air armada the Luftwaffa. But the B-17 didn't go to war alone. The Eighth Air Force also deployed some of the most famous aircraft: the rugged B-24 Liberator, the nimble P-38 Lightning, the P-47 Thunderbolt with its four pairs of deadly wing mounted .50 caliber machine guns, and the quick and high flying P-51 Mustang.

Mustang Aces Of The Eighth Air Force

Author: Jerry Scutts
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782006753
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Unquestionably the best American fighter of World War 2, the North American P-51 Mustang served in large numbers with the USAAF's Eighth Air Force from late 1943 until VE Day, and was the mount of most aces in-theatre. Charged with the responsibility of escorting huge formations of B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator bombers on daylight raids deep into Germany, the P-51 pilots of the various fighter groups within the 'Mighty Eighth' went head to head with the cream of the Luftwaffe's fighter squadrons for control of the skies over the Third Reich. Aircraft of the Aces 1, 19 and 24 are also available in a single volume as 'Aces of the Mighty Eighth'.

B 17 Flying Fortress Units Of The Eighth Air Force

Author: Martin Bowman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472800524
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The Boeing B-17, which has come to epitomise the American war effort in Europe, took the fight to Germans from the late summer of 1942 through to VE-Day. Its primary operator in Western Europe was the 'Mighty Eighth', who controlled 27 bomb groups for much of the war. This second of two volumes covers the 14 Bomb Groups of the Third Air Division. First hand accounts, period photography, profile artworks and nose art scrap views bring to life aircraft from each of the groups within the Third Air Division.

Eighth Air Force

Author: Donald L Miller
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
ISBN: 1781311692
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DIV The Bomber War in World War II was waged by two forces: the Lancasters and Halifaxes of the RAF’s Bomber Command, and the Flying fortresses and Liberators of the American Eighth Air Force. Thousands of young Americans flew hundreds of raids over Germany, bombing by day in huge formations, attacking industrial plants, oil refineries and cities. These were desperately dangerous missions from which many would not return. Nonetheless, for the three years between the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the Normandy landings of 1944, fleets of bomber crews were the only way the Allies could take the war directly to Germany in Europe, making every town and factory the frontline. Donald Miller’s magnificent Eighth Air Force has deservedly been praised in the same breath as Patrick Bishop’s modern classic, Bomber Boys. Miller offers a comprehensive history of this crucial phase of the Allies’ military strategy. Across 17 chapters, with 16 pages of photographs, he covers the individual destinies of the American bomber crews; the notorious raids of Schweinfurt-Regensburg and Dresden; the social transformation of sleepy East Anglian villages by a ubiquitous military presence; and the fierce controversy surrounding the ethics of area and terror bombing. /div

Dave Dawson With The Eighth Air Force

Author: Robert Sidney Bowen
Publisher: VM eBooks
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Junk Wings With one eye on the instrument board, and the other on the lookout for other planes in that area of cloud-filled sky over England, Dave Dawson hauled the Lockheed Lightning around to the left at a fast clip, and then deliberately pulled the nose straight up, and let the fighter plane take the bit in its teeth until it stalled. It did just that eventually, and at practically the same time the starboard Allison engine sputtered badly and started to throw black smoke.

B 17 Groups Of The Eighth Air Force

Author: Martin Bowman
Publisher: Red Kite / Air Research
ISBN: 0954620100
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En fotografisk fortælling med tekst om Eigth Air Force Boeing B-17 i dens operative miljø. Tegninger der viser bemaling af flyet er i farver.

B 24 Liberator Units Of The Eighth Air Force

Author: Robert F Dorr
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782008330
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The B-24 Liberator was built in greater numbers than any other US warplane, yet its combat crews live, even today, in the shadow of the less plentiful, but better-known, B-17. Accounts of the 'Mighty Eighth' in Europe, and indeed many of the books and films that emerged from the greatest air campaign in history, often overlook the B-24, even though it was in action for as long as the Flying Fortress, and participated in just as many perilous daylight bombing missions.

My Combat Diary With Eighth Air Force B 17s 390th Bomb Group

Author: Andrew Anzanos
ISBN: 1411698304
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B-17 "Flying Fortress" Combat Diary of Andy Anzanos, 26 missions, credited with destruction of an ME-110 and damaging an ME-109. Many engine failures and massive rocket attack made for a memorable experience. Loss of all room mates and their aircraft "Liberty Bell-e." Soon after completing his combat missions, Andy was shot down by friendly fire. Also writes of other training experiences. Andy is also a major designer and builder of the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson, Arizona dedicated to his bomb group.

The Mighty Eighth At War

Author: Martin W. Bowman
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
ISBN: 9781473822771
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From the beginning of World War Two the RAF's Bomber Command had been the only means of striking Hitler's Reich and its war machine. The entry into the war of the United States and the subsequent arrival in the UK of the Eighth Air Force was to more than double the Allied capability. The Flying Fortress and Liberator heavy bombers were mostly flown across the Atlantic by their young unblooded aircrew and many succumbed en route and never arrived. Flying in north Europe was a different ball game from American skies and it took a considerable time before the crews familiarised themselves with the vagaries of fog, low cloud, rain and snow. The American bombers bristled with defensive armament and elected to fly in close defensive formation during the day leaving the RAF to carry out nightime raids. With the arrival of long-range protective escort fighters the task became a little easier. This book explains, including many first-hand accounts, how the American bomber force helped fight to eventual victory by decimating German industry, transport systems and breaking the Nazi war spirit.

Operations Analysis In The U S Army Eighth Air Force In World War Ii

Author: Charles W. McArthur
Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.
ISBN: 9780821801581
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Operations research grew out of the application of the scientific method to certain problems of war during World War II. This book tells the story of how operations research became an important activity in the Eighth Air Force. The author emphasizes the people involved in these historical events, rather than the technical matters with which they dealt. Focusing on a time of great importance in the history of this century, the book reveals the vital role this group of civilian scientists played in the defeat of Germany.