The Mighty Eighth

The Mighty Eighth

The Air War in Europe as Told by the Men Who Fought It

Book - 1997
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"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 Naze 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 tell of the horror of seeing aircraft destroyed - helplessly watching as comrades crash and burn, or parachute over enemy territory, where they will attempt to evade 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." "Equally compelling are the colorful personalities of the courageous flyers: Billy Southworth, the cocky bomber pilot whose father managed a World Series baseball team; Tommy Hayes, who learned to fly from a barnstormer and went on to become a fighter ace; Bob Johnson, second in aerial victories in Europe, who shot out the lights in his quarters with a .45; and navigator Jon Schueler, possessed of a poet's heart and a painter's vision." "From the first tentative raids to D-Day and the surrender of Germany, The Mighty Eighth provides a gripping account of the emotions, memories, and valor among men tested again and again in the fight for freedom."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : D.I. Fine Books, c1997.
ISBN: 9781556115103
Branch Call Number: 940.5421 Asto
Characteristics: xii, 464 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm.


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