Pen and Sword Books: The US Eighth Air Force in Europe by Martin Bowman

The US Eighth Air Force in Europe
The US Eighth Air Force in Europe (3 reviews)
Black Thursday, Blood and Oil - Vol 2
by Martin Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Found in: World War Two Books
Hardback
265 pages
ISBN: 9781848847477
Published: 14 December 2012
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This book describes the period when the American daylight offensive faltered and nearly failed and recalls the terrible losses suffered by Liberators on the low-level attack on the Ploesti oilfields in Rumania and by the B-17s on the notorious Schweinfurt and Regensburg raids which entered 8th Air Force folklore as 'Black Thursday'. Fascinating anecdotes, eye-witness accounts and the hard-won experiences of the battle-scarred American 'fly-boys' reveal the grim realities of air combat at four miles high above enemy occupied Europe, Berlin and the Ruhr. 'Grown up in the war' they paint a revealing picture as only they can.

The 'Mighty Eighth' was an air force of hard-fighting, hard-playing fliers who suffered more casualties than the entire US Marine Corps in the Pacific Campaign. Here, in their own words are stories of survival and soul-numbing loss, of 'fly-boys' who came together to fight an air war of the ferocity that had never been fought on such a vast scale before. While RAF Bomber Command was waging war at night 8th Air Force B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators bombed by day in a 24-hour 'round the clock' campaign. This is also a partly a strategic history with a behind-the-scenes look at deployment of the bomber groups and the fighter escorts that would eventually become their salvation on the interminable deep penetration raids into the Greater Reich.
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“The first volume deals with the early months of the Eighth's campaign and provides insightful background into the world that was left behind when men enlisted for USAAF service”
“Two sections of black and white... [read full review]

Flight Bag
This well-known aviation historian and author has written several books using a similar formula, that is to say a collection of first-hand accounts of combat together with a generous sprinkling of solid facts and statistics.... [read full review]
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This second volume in the series describes the period when the American daylight offensive faltered and nearly failed – and recalls the terrible losses suffered by liberators on the low level attack on the Ploesti... [read full review]
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About Martin Bowman
Martin Bowman is one of Britain’s foremost aviation historians and has written many books and articles.

He lives in Norwich.
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