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Forgotten Fifteenth Remembered A number of books have been writ
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A number of books have been written describing the experiences of the "Mighty 8th" Air Force during World War II, but the "Forgotten 15th" has been in danger of being just that - forgotten. Here, well-known aviation historian Barrett Tillman aims to mention every flying group in the 15th in an effort to tell a complete story of their contributions to the war. Aside from reading about them in Flying Fortress, they are lesser known than other groups.
Thank goodness Tillman thought to collect interviews from these men while they were still alive because aviation and war buffs will really enjoy his re-telling of this dramatic period. The extremely courageous men in "The Forgotten Fifteenth" took on an enormous task that involved crippling Germany's oil production. They may have suffered great losses in their various missions, but they were pivotal in bring World War II closer to its end.
It's easy to think of wars and military operations as being carried out by machines rather than men, but men give their lives and often go unrecognized for their sacrifices. Tillman's book ensures that the 15th will have their place in military history.
Posted July 13, 2014
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