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The Mighty Eighth at War: USAAF 8th Air Force Bombers Versus the Luftwaffe 1943-1945

The Mighty Eighth at War: USAAF 8th Air Force Bombers Versus the Luftwaffe 1943-1945 [Kindle Edition]

Martin Bowman
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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.

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Martin Bowman is one of Britain's best-known Second World War aviation historians and authors. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the Lancaster, Confounding the Reich, Duxford and the Big Wings, Clash of Eagles, Mosquito: Menacing the Reich and numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series, providing extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market-Garden offensive at Arnhem. He lives in Norwich.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3004 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Aviation (6 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jumps most of 1943 9 Feb 2014
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1943 was mostly covered by the second schweinfurt ball bearing raid. Then it into the latter air battles where the most danger was from from flak.

I prefer reading about the 1943 bombing raids and the early 1944 raids, as there is more fighter V bomber action.

There is a lot on the second Schweinfurt raid in this book, and that section is good reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The B-17s and B-24s Against the Luftwaffe 11 Jan 2011
By Jeffrey T. Munson - Published on
From its infancy in 1942 to its aerial supremacy of 1944-45, this book explores the growth of the American Eighth Air Force and the battles against the German Luftwaffe.

At the outset, the Eighth was a relatively small unit, only able to put up a handful of bombers at a time. But, as time progressed and American manufacturing began to kick in, the Eighth began to grow. Soon, hundreds (and later, thousands) of B-17s and B-24s were participating in raids against many different types of German targets. Schweinfurt, Dresden, Hamburg, Mannheim, Brunswick, Berlin, and Bremen began to feel the wrath of the Mighty Eighth. In addition, new long-range fighters such as the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt had been developed. These fighters could escort the bombers deep into Germany and back again. With the advent of these aircraft, the bomber losses began to get smaller. There was still the ever-present danger from flak, but the German fighters suffered more losses at the hands of the American fighters.

This book describes some of the missions flown against German targets and the author relies heavily on first-person experiences from bomber crew members to tell the story. Schweinfurt, with its all-important ball bearing facilities, was heavily targeted, and the Eighth lost large numbers of planes in raids against it. Berlin, with its heavy concentration of flak batteries, was always a pilot's nightmare. Other cities throughout Germany posed their own sets of challenges, but the Eighth, more often than not, managed to "deliver the goods" against the Germans.

I've read several books about the air war over Germany, and I enjoyed this one. Author Martin Bowman makes good use of first-person accounts of battle, and these stories give the reader a true perspective of what these air battles were actually like. This book doesn't go into as much detail as others I've read ( namely, Gerald Astor's fine "The Mighty Eighth"), but the reader does get a good generalization of what bomber missions entailed. A good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the mighty eight at war 21 Sep 2012
By Thomas Melnichok - Published on
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The book is comprised of short descriptions of missions followed by statments from participants. It does not follow any one person or mission. It quickly became boring because even though actual rememberances are very interesting they only last a page and then its on to another mission which is usually about the same.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 5 May 2013
By Kitchenwizard - Published on
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If you like to read about the B-17 Flying Fortress in WW ll this is a must read book for you. It has interesting stories and lets the reader be involved. When your reading you become a member of the squadron. Gripping
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 12 Jan 2014
By BGen Jeff - Published on
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Give some real insight into day-to-day operations in World War 2 in Europe. Interesting to see the impact of the 24's & B 17 crews. God bless the greatest generation
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! 9 Jan 2012
By ANGELA12 - Published on
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Great!! Item came earlier than expected, great condition and thoroughly wrapped. It was a present so I wanted to make sure it arrived perfect. Would purchase again from this seller.
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