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8th Air Force : American Heavy Bomber Groups in England, 1942-1945, Hardcover by Pons, Gregory
America's strategy for complete victory over Nazi Germany called for the utter destruction of major its major industrial areas. These raids were carried out as early as 1942 by hundreds of heavy bombers from the US 8th Air Force, based in England.The descriptions of combat missions flown by B-17 crews over occupied Europe and the Reich are illustrated with official and private pictures taken from the personal albums of pilots, crew members, mechanics and Air Force photographers.Gregory Pons is one of the leading European experts on American military aviation in World War II. He has contributed several articles to the French Militaria Magazine and has been collecting Air Force memorabilia and photo-albums for over twenty years.The book contains hundreds of large format period pictures of actual missions, planes and crews; as well as personal mementoes and reproductions from servicemen's scrapbooks.There are color plates of all the famous aircraft and their colorful livery (including nose art) together with full-color reenactment shots of the aircrew allowing for all the details of their flying clothing and equipment to be seen in extreme detail.REVIEWS "...a fantastic photo album..."Armorama 11/2006
Until the Normandy invasion on June 6 1944, Allied bombers had been the only means to bring the fire of war into enemy ranks. Their almost daily actions, in daylight for the USAAF, at night by the Royal Air Force, sustained a war front in the West. The limited accuracy of these thousands of raids was offset by hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties, of which good a number worked, voluntarily or under restraint, in the German armament industry. Nevertheless, it is certain that the daylight bombing offensive waged by the American Air Forces, while costly in men and machines, was a permanent threat for Germany and allowed for some relief on the Eastern front. The Luftwaffe, constantly provoked into battle, was literally worn threadbare. The hard-won Allied air supremacy was therefore a major factor in final victory in Europe. Even if actual German aircraft production was not weakened by the bombing raids, the dearth of trained pilots, the harassment of the transportation network and the utter destruction of fuel plants brought the Nazis to their knees. Let us look at the faces of these men, we owe them our freedom. This book is dedicated to the memory of the 47.000 airmen of the 8th Air Force who gave their lives in the prosecution of the air war in the European Theater of Operations. Book jacket.