Courage and Air Warfare: The Allied Aircrew Experience in the Second World War [NOOK Book]

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Colonel Wells investigates the nature of aerial warfare and the men who took part. The book analyzes aircrew selection, reaction to combat, adaptability to stress, morale, leadership and combat effectiveness, and compares the efforts of the US Eighth Air Force and RAF Bomber Command.
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Courage and Air Warfare: The Allied Aircrew Experience in the Second World War

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Overview

Colonel Wells investigates the nature of aerial warfare and the men who took part. The book analyzes aircrew selection, reaction to combat, adaptability to stress, morale, leadership and combat effectiveness, and compares the efforts of the US Eighth Air Force and RAF Bomber Command.
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Wells (history, US Air Force Academy) examines first-hand reflections as well as reports and official documents to gain insight into the unique nature of air combat, its effects on aviators of the US Eighth Air Force and RAF Bomber Command, and the military policies which sprang from the aircrews' experiences. B&w photos. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135204891
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/5/2014
  • Series: Studies in Air Power
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editor's Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Choosing the Best: Selection and Classification of Aircrew 4
2 The Nature of Air Combat during the Combined Bomber Offensive 27
3 Combat Stress, Emotional Breakdown and their Treatment in the Allied Air Forces 60
4 Attitudes and Morale in the Eighth Air Force 89
5 Aircrew Morale in Bomber Command 115
6 Sustaining Morale: The Impact of Leadership 137
7 Moral Fibre and the American Experience 161
8 Bomber Command and Lack of Moral Fibre 186
9 Conclusion 209
Bibliography 214
Index 237
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