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Clash of Eagles (Paperback)

USAAF 8th Air Force Bombers versus the Luftwaffe in World War II

WWII Aviation Aviation in WWII Luftwaffe

By Martin Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 254
Illustrations: 16
ISBN: 9781526711465
Published: 19th June 2017
Last Released: 16th September 2019


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This is the story of the air war over Western Europe, told first-hand by the American and German pilots and aircrew who took part. It spans the period between 1942 and 1945 and covers the encounters between the audacious Luftwaffe fighter pilots and the Fortress and Liberator bomber crews of the American 8th Air Forces flying from East Anglia.

Many unique experiences are recounted from both the night and day bombing raids that were hurled against Hitler's war machine. What was it like to fly through the dense flak over the Ruhr and against the German Experten and to be hit by machine gun and cannon fire from Focke Wulf 190s and Bf 109s? How did so many badly damaged bombers manage to struggle back, against all odds, to their East Anglian bases?

The author has sought the experiences of German fighter pilots, who explain how they stalked their prey in the skies over the Reich and how they pounced on their four engine victims from high. This book contains vivid accounts of some of the most heroic actions in the history of air warfare and features many action photographs.

As this detailed history looks at both sides of the adversaries it makes this one I'd consider a must-read for anyone interested in the US day bombing offensive of WW2.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The author is a leading aviation historian covering the air war of WWII. This is a softback edition of a book first published in hardback in 2006. It is one of the best accounts of its subject – Very Highly Recommended.

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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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