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

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    I have always had a fascination for the air war in the European theater and especially in the Eighth Air Force's part in it. I have been priveleged to know three men who participated in it. Two were B-17 pilots, each of whom lied about his age to get in the AAC and was piloting his bomber as an aircraft commander at the age of eighteen. The other was a P-51 pilot and was in the war later than the other two.
    All of these individuals are an inspiration to me even though the two bomber pilots survived the war but are now dead. I was too young to participate in WWII, but have been a private pilot since I just turned nineteen. Wanted to serve in USAF as a pilot but entered at the time they did not need pilots as they had enough left from Korea and the Vietnam buildup had not yet begun. I ended up serving in USAF as an engineer in the ICBM program but always regretted not being able to be a pilot.
    I continue to marvel at what the airman of the eighth did and how realistically their story was told in The Mighty Eighth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Astor is truly amazing at oral history...

    This book is one of the best WWII books I have ever read. It is incredible what these brave (and for the most part very young) airmen accomplished and endured. It is to them and everyone who served in WWII that we owe so much, although many people do not realize this. If you are not captivated by the stories of these men, then, well, there is something wrong with you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    The Mighty eighth told of as never before

    I found this book to be well written and thougtful. The accounts were accurate and intriguing, and brought the history of aviation warfare into a new, thought provoking, light.

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