Hell in the Heavens: Ill-Fated 8th Air Force Bomb Group Missions

Hell in the Heavens: Ill-Fated 8th Air Force Bomb Group Missions

by William N. Hess
     
 

This is a collection of vivid stories of the 8th Air Force bomb groups that met with disaster in WWII. Through it all, these stories tell of the deeds in which bomber crews rose to the very heights to protect, to preserve, and quite often, to die for fellow crew members. During those days of trial and tribulation, there was one entity more important to a flyer than… See more details below

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This is a collection of vivid stories of the 8th Air Force bomb groups that met with disaster in WWII. Through it all, these stories tell of the deeds in which bomber crews rose to the very heights to protect, to preserve, and quite often, to die for fellow crew members. During those days of trial and tribulation, there was one entity more important to a flyer than any other: his crew. These are their stories. For military history enthusiasts.
Author Bio: William Hess of Texas has written many titles including America�s Aces In A Day and German Jets Vs The USAAF.

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Hell In The Heavens: Ill-Fated 8th Air Force Bomb Group Missions was created in England in 1942 by Brigadier General Ira C. Eaker for the specific purpose of daylight bombings over Europe. B-17s, and later B-24s were used with the expectation of a minimum of casualties due to either the German Luftwaffe or anti-aircraft fire. Despite advice from the British Royal Air Force that such an air campaign was doomed to fail, the initial operation took to the air on August 17, 1942. Eleven B-17Es went out to bomb rail yards in Rouen France. It was the beginning of one of the bloodiest air assault strategies to be employed by the Americans. William Hess' historical account of the air campaigns against Stuttgart, Schweinfurt, Berlin, Rostock, Brux, Politz, Kassel, Magdeburg and other targets is nothing less than riveting. Hell In The Heavens is a superbly researched and presented contribution to the growing library of military literature concerning the Allied campaigns in the European theatre.

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ISBN-13:
9781580070300
Publisher:
Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/10/2000
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.40(d)

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