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5.0 out of 5 stars Outsanding book, 7 Nov 2013
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This book is excellent. It's probably one of the best books I've read about an 8th air force raid / operation / and accounts from the people who lived through it. There are several reasons why I love this book, the first being the amazing accounts from pilots, gunners, bombardiers and navigators aboard the B17s that undertook the missions. The book describes in excellent details the progress of the battle, with precise information about how, when , at what point each fortress was lost or damaged, what happened to its crew (to the extent that can be told) etc... But not only that, you get the view point of the enemy, which German squadrons attacked and when, and who was likely responsible for what casualty. You get the same kind of details about Flak damage and the point of view of the Germans manning the guns. You get great accounts from fighter escort pilots as well. There is at the beginning of the book a great deal explaining how the missions were put together at the higher level and then at the operational level - something that I never really got to read much about (for example we never think about the vast amount of operations officers working all night to put together the lists of aircraft/ places in formation etc... all the tactical info that would then be relayed to the crews...).
In addition to that, you get a good account of the diversionary raids that were undertaken by the RAF and USAAF in Northern France or Southern France for example to help divert German forces from the main B17 attacks. So good descriptions of Spitfire action and B26s action as well.
It's a great book in that you also get a whole chapter dedicated to describing the accounts of survivors of the raid in the actual targets - both Germans as well as forced labourers from occupied country.
Overall this is an amazing account of one of the greatest air battles ever. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this era and arial warfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 July 2014
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Great detail, with fantastic insight to this raid and how it affected people on both sides.
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