Flights Into History: Final Missions Retold By Research and Archaeology

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During the Second World War, men of many nations--Britons, Americans, airmen from the Commonwealth and Occupied Europe--and their equally determined, courageous German foes--fought and died in the skies over Europe. Decades later, these wrecks and relics can reveal their secrets to the expert investigator. Their excavation and preservation can serve as a tribute to the bravery and airmanship of their crews. By reconstructing wartime events from evidence in the wreckage, eyewitness accounts and contemporary ...
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Overview

During the Second World War, men of many nations--Britons, Americans, airmen from the Commonwealth and Occupied Europe--and their equally determined, courageous German foes--fought and died in the skies over Europe. Decades later, these wrecks and relics can reveal their secrets to the expert investigator. Their excavation and preservation can serve as a tribute to the bravery and airmanship of their crews. By reconstructing wartime events from evidence in the wreckage, eyewitness accounts and contemporary documentation, aviation archaeologists can identify the flyers involved and shed new light on the air war over Europe during the Second World War. Reconstructing events, often from wreckage recovered, new lines of research and eyewitness accounts, Ian McLachlan presents a new selection of stories vividly describing how airmen of these nations flew into history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750942997
  • Publisher: History Press Limited, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian McLachlan is an authority on the history of the wartime USAAF and is the author of Final Flights (1989), Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories (1991), Night of the Intruders (1994), USAAF Fighter Stories (1997), Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories: A New Selection (2004) and USAAF Fighter Stories: A New Selection (2005). He lives in Beccles, Suffolk.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Preface     xi
Early Nights     1
Swastika Stories     28
Lest We Forget     76
Lost Wings     88
No Particular Courage     97
First Men Down     146
The Last Ride of the Valkyrie     159
Stinger Stung     172
Clobber College     188
Bibliography     199
Index     201
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