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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

8th Air Force

Author: Gregory Pons
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 9782915239829
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Americas strategy for complete victory over Nazi Germany called for the utter destruction of major its major industrial areas. These raids were carried out as early as 1942 by hundreds of heavy bombers from the US 8th Air Force, based in England. The descriptions of combat missions flown by B-17 crews over occupied Europe and the Reich are illustrated with official and private pictures taken from the personal albums of pilots, crew members, mechanics and Air Force photographers.

Through These Eyes

Author: T/Sgt. James Lee Hutchinson, Ed.S.
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781452052021
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This is the story of Eighth Air Force bombing missions leaving England to blast targets in Hitler's Third Reich in 1944–45. Each clear day, the skies filled with hundreds of B17 Flying Fortress bombers and their escorts crossing the English Channel toward enemy targets protected by anti-aircraft batteries and German fighters waiting to attack the heavy bombers. The skies over the target were filled with black flak appearing to be so thick you could walk on it! The exploding shells filled the space with flying chunks of iron as bombers started their bomb run on the target. We often could hear the flak pelting our plance like a "buckshot" on a tin roof. This flak would often strike a vital part of the plane or wound a member of the crew! Our waist gunner was wounded on our tenth mission!Some missions we could count hundreds of holes in our plane after we landed safely in England! Bombers receiving a direct hit were blown out of the sky and another ten man aircrew was lost. Planes severely damaged had to drop out of formation and face enemy fighters alone unless some of our P-51 or P-47 escort fighters protected them. Bombers disabled or on fire had no choice but to order the crews to bail out. Airmen who survived the parachute jump were captured and placed into German prisoner of war camps (POW). They were classified as "missing in action". Forty-eight photos, some sixty years old are included in this 350 page book to illustrate the story of the author's childhood in the Great Depression through the great air war of World War II. A description of each mission from a sixty year old diary is included. I think you will enjoy the story of a teenage Radio-Gunner's experiences in the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

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 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.

Hit The Target

Author: Bill Yenne
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425274187
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Barely a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Army formed its Eighth Air Force, the first bomber command on either side to commit to strategic daylight bombing, with the goal of defeating the Third Reich from the air. The men of the Eighth paid the price in both lives and blood. Hit the Target introduces readers to those who made the Eighth Air Force the formidable juggernaut it soon became, whose careers paralleled the early history of aviation and who helped to revolutionize airborne warfare and win World War II.

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.


Author: John Alden Clark
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This excellent guide to insect biology may be used as a sole text or as a supplementary work source for students enrolled in a formal entomological course. It lends itself to use by those in need of a review of the "essentials," as well as agriculture and veterinary students, teachers at the elementary and secondary school level and others wishing to avail themselves to the opportunity to study insects.

With Wings As Eagles

Author: Philip Kaplan
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510705155
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A lavishly illustrated tribute to the men and women behind one of the most important Allied offenses of WWII. Beginning in 1942, the Eighth Air Force began precision bombing raids deep into Nazi Germany. Departing from bases in rural England, nearly 350,000 Americans joined their British colleagues for this joint Allied offensive. For many it was a period of great risk, and arguably the greatest adventure of their lives. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of full-color photographs, With Wings As Eagles celebrates the heroics of these pilots and their missions. Exclusive interviews with many of the pilots and crew, as well as research from contemporary diaries, journals, and scrapbooks brings the epic conflict thrillingly alive. Readers relive the days of seemingly endless boredom and fatigue, the loneliness of soaring in an aluminum cocoon four miles over an intended target, and a surprising account of parachuting onto German soil and being captured by women and children. Includes hundreds of full-color and black-and-white photos. “Another fine tribute to those who put their lives on the line for those of us who have come after them.” —New York Journal of Books

Mission 85

Author: Ivo De Jong
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811749851
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Minute-by-minute chronicle of the U.S. Eighth Air Force's bombing mission against German airfields in Holland.