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The Mighty Eighth

Author: Gerald Astor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698197127
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Europe has fallen. Pearl Harbor is in flames. Enter: the Eighth. In 1941 the RAF fought a desperate battle of survival against the Luftwaffe over Britain. Then, from across the Atlantic, came a new generation of American pilots, gunners, and bombardiers, a new generation of flying machines called the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator, the P-47 Thunderbolt, and the P-51 Mustang fighter. Soon these brave young men were hurtling themselves and their unproven planes across the Channel and into the teeth of enemy firepower, raining down bombs on the German military machine, and going up against Hitler's best fliers in the sky. This is the dramatic oral history of the Army Air Corps and the newly created Eighth Air Force stationed in Britain, an army of hard-fighting, hard-playing flying men who suffered more fatalities than the entire U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific campaign of World War II. Here, in their own words, are tales of survival and soul-numbing loss, of soldiers who came together to fight a kind of war that had never been fought before--and win it with their courage and their blood. But the road to victory was paved with sacrifice. From its inaugural mission on July 4, 1942, until V-E Day, the Eighth Air Force lost more men than did the entire United States Marine Corps in all its campaigns in the Pacific. The Mighty Eighth chronicles the testimony of the pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners who daily put their lives on the line. Their harrowing accounts recall the excitement and terror of dogfights against Nazi aces, maneuvering explosive-laden aircraft through deadly flak barrages, and fending off waves of enemy fighters while coping with subzero temperatures. Beginning with the opening salvos from a mere dozen planes, crewmen describe the raids on Berlin and Dresden, the fiasco at Ploesti, Romania, and Black Thursday over Schweinfurt. They fell to the terror of seeing aircraft destroyed--helplessly watching as comrades crash and burn, or parachute over enemy territory, where they will attempt to evade enemy capture through the underground. Others tell of mourning downed airmen murdered by vengeful citizens and soldiers, and of those who endured captivity in POW camps. -->

The Mighty Eighth In Wwii

Author: J. Kemp McLaughlin
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813145732
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On an early morning in the fall of 1942, Kemp McLaughlin's group set out for a raid on a French target. Immediately after dropping its bombs, McLaughlin's plane was hit. A huge fire burned a four-foot hole in his wing, his waist gunner bailed out, his radio operator was wounded, the plane lost all oxygen, and his pilot put on a parachute and sat on the escape hatch, waiting for the plane to explode. And this was only McLaughlin's first sortie. McLaughlin went on to pilot the mission command plane on the second raid against Schweinfurt, the largest air raid in history, which resulted in the destruction of 70 percent of German ball bearing production capability. McLaughlin also participated in the bombing of heavy water installations in Norway. The Mighty Eighth in WWII also includes the stories of downed pilots in France and Holland who traveled under the cover of night through the countryside, evading the Nazis who had seen their planes go down. As a group leader, McLaughlin was responsible for the planning and execution of air raids, forced to follow the directives of senior (and sometimes less informed) officers. His position as one of the managers of the massive sky trains allows him to provide unique insight into the work of maintenance and armament crews, preflight briefings, and off-duty activities of the airmen. No other memoir of World War II reveals so much about both the actual bombing runs against Nazi Germany and the management of personnel and material that made those airborne armadas possible.

The Mighty Eighth In Color

Author: Roger A. Freeman
Publisher: Specialty Pr Pub & Wholesalers
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Includes aircraft and crews from every U.S. Eighth Air Force base operational in Britain in WWII. The author is a leading historian.

The Mighty Eighth

Author: John Wayne Goodson
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1617393401
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The Mighty Eighth affirms the elected civilian authority as the arbiter of military rules of engagement while lamenting its consequences. The General McChrystal drama illustrates the selfless sacrifice military leaders will make to achieve combat objectives with minimum loss of life despite shackling political restrictions. During the Vietnam War, it took a regime change and another general shown on the front cover to finally employ the war ending strategy called 'the 11 day war.' Lt. Col. Wayne Goodson, USAF, (Ret.), reveals a long awaited truth about the everyday drama, personal and otherwise, of Anderson AFB, Guam. Goodson exposes the roles of the national media, liberal politicians and academia that led to public distain of the military. Goodson attempts to alter secular, unpatriotic attitudes in honor of the B-52 aircrews of the Strategic Air Command and the role they carried out to end the Vietnam War. 'The Mighty Eighth is a masterful piece that pulls the whole story together from the Azores to Guam. You will find yourself inserted in the personal experiences of Lt. Col. John Wayne Goodson (Ret.), while learning the around the clock happenings on Guam and details of the ongoing B-52/KC-135 operations. ' —Lt. Gen. George H. McKee, USAF, (Ret.)

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.

Iowans Of The Mighty Eighth

Author: Charles Taylor
Publisher: Turner
ISBN: 9781681623771
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During WWII, Iowans of the "Mighty Eighth" Air Force were based in England from 1942 to 1946, a year after the end of WWII. Ground crews labored endlessly to keep aircraft flyable by scavenging and often manufacturing parts until supply lines could be established. Aircrews flew in un-pressurized, unheated, piston-engine airplanes where temperatures inside the aircraft reached sixty degrees below zero. Read the experiences of over three hundred Iowa veterans of the greatest air armada ever assembled, "Iowans of the The Might Eighth".

The Mighty Eighth

Author: Roger Anthony Freeman
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 9781854095312
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The US 8th Air Force was based in the UK from 1942 onwards, spread exclusively across East Anglia and operating from over 40 locations. The remains of some of these sites can still be found and a few are still airfields. The 8th flew intensive bomber and fighter sorties over Europe. Over 2000 aircraft, mostly B-17s, B-26s and P-47s, involving 150,000 men and a vastly sophisticated supply chain, were engaged in a ceaseless war of high-altitude daylight precision bombing that did much to secure eventual Allied success.

The Mighty Eighth In Art

Author: Roger A. Freeman
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9781854094735
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The splendor of the mighty Eighth Squadron's silver birds, and the legends who flew them, come alive on page upon spectacular page. Seventy-five luscious color paintings by talented British and American military artists, accompanied by the commentaries of the leading historian of American aviation, Roger Freeman, capture every aspect of pilot and plane: sleek dives, breathtaking bombing raids, and precious moments of rest. You'll see a fighter's view of a quaint French town marred by steel tanks marching down its streets, yet still flying the flag of its allies, and the return of the Memphis Belle -- that most famous of all Flying Fortress aircraft. And one image graphically captures a dramatic dash in which a desperate German airman deliberately slices into an American plane with his propeller. (The U.S. pilot bailed out safely.) Triumph and tragedy alike axe vividly captured for historians, veterans, and battle buffs to treasure for years to come. Selected by the Military Book Club.