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Mission 85: The U.S. Eighth Air Force's Battle over Holland, August 19, 1943 (Stackpole Military History Series)

Mission 85: The U.S. Eighth Air Force's Battle over Holland, August 19, 1943 (Stackpole Military History Series) [Kindle Edition]

Ivo De Jong
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  • Minute-by-minute chronicle of the U.S. Eighth Air Force's bombing mission against German airfields in Holland
  • Mission came just days after the famous Schweinfurt-Regensburg raid
  • The Americans expected an easy mission, but it proved to be anything but
  • Loaded with firsthand accounts from pilots and crews of bombers and fighters

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 8321 KB
    • Print Length: 240 pages
    • Publisher: Stackpole Books (1 Mar 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CYMZEL2
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #880,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    4.0 out of 5 stars interesting approach 17 Mar 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The joined-up dots of all the elements involved on that day adds substantial interest to a well-written piece of work. Oh, if only my Kindle would show the formation diagrams legibly!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A day in the life. 12 July 2013
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    Nearly 70 years ago our 8th Air Force flew into Nazi occupied Holland on a mission which was labeled a "milk run". Passengers literally lined up to fill openings on bombers so that they could observe the planes in action or earn an Air Medal for their fifth combat flight. The quick in and out attack on airfields and repair facilities should have been routine but things went awry early and never recovered, causing more losses than expected. This book gives insight and perspective from the American and German military sides as well as civilian views. The book is well written and allows the reader to experience air combat WWII style.

    I want to extend my thanks to all the heroes in our Armed Forces who took part in the great struggle which was WWII. Without the selfless sacrifices of everyone who participated, both military and civilian, the Allies might not have beaten back the Nazi and Imperialist Japanese threat, thus plunging our world into chaos and destroying the freedom we hold so dear.

    I give this book a solid 4 1/2 star rating and suggest it to anyone interested in a day in the life of our WWII heroes.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Acccount of a Milk Run That Went Terribly Wrong! 9 July 2013
    By Michael OConnor - Published on
    Several days after the awful bloodletting over Schweinfurt/Regensburg, 8th Air Force brass, determined to show the Luftwaffe that the Mighty Eighth wasn't beaten, attacked airfields in Holland. The 19 August 1943 strike, which most thought would be a milk run, was dogged by mistakes, inept leadership and weather. Dutch historian Ivo De Jong chronicles this snake-bit strike in MISSION 85, a 2013 Stackpole Books release.

    The potential for disaster was in the making even before a single Mission 85 B-17 launched on 19 August. Because of recent severe losses, the formations included inexperienced crews and composite groups cobbled together from different bomb groups. Assembly was a disaster, some units returning to base after failing to form up. Diversionary strikes and fighter sweeps designed to aid the B-17s were ineffective. Fighters and flak downed five B-17s. Not only was bombing very poor but a number of Dutch civilians were killed as well.

    De Jong, author of the superlative MISSION 376, does his usual thorough job of detailing every aspect of the 19 August mission, describing the planning, the mission as flown by the escort, bomber and Luftwaffe units, the experiences of Dutch civilians, POW accounts, etc. The book is well illustrated with dozens of photographs of Allied and Axis aircraft and crewmen, bomb strike pix, crash scenes, etc.

    All in all, MISSION 85 is a comprehensive account of a Mighty Eighth mission gone bad. Recommended.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars U.S. Army Air Force versus The Luftwaffe, Round One 11 May 2013
    By Joe McDaniel - Published on
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    This book provides a very interesting and insightful account of an early bombing mission into occupied Europe by U.S. Army Air Force. The author does an excellent job of blending an overiew of the mission from a command perspective with the personal accounts of those that participated, both Allied and German, in an objective manner.

    I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Air War in Europe.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate 3 Jun 2014
    By Gzimmer3 - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Good read, and factual as compared with other accounts. The author takes one along for a bumpy, informative ride. Dynamic.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bibliography at the back: Please! 1 Aug 2013
    By T. McNett - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I looked forward to this book delivery and launched into it upon arrival. All-in-all, a fine history of the mission and it's prelude. It emerged like a heart-felt biography (though the author is Dutch), as if a son was recounting the stories with autistic detail. Rainman was better.

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