Winged Victory: The Army Air Forces in World War II

Winged Victory: The Army Air Forces in World War II

by Geoffrey Perret
     
 

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by War brilliantly brings to life the people and drama behind the great aerial campaigns of World War II. Drawing on hundreds of newly available oral histories and papers, Winged Victory bursts with the valor, the drama, and the heroism of combat in the skies. photos.

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by War brilliantly brings to life the people and drama behind the great aerial campaigns of World War II. Drawing on hundreds of newly available oral histories and papers, Winged Victory bursts with the valor, the drama, and the heroism of combat in the skies. photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With verve and elan, Perret ( There's a War to Be Won ) presents the epic narrative of American air power in the Second World War. On one level, he chronicles the work of energetic, single-minded military men--Henry ``Hap'' Arnold, Carl Spaatz, George Kenney and Curtis LeMay--with powerful civilians such as Robert Lovett (clarifying his role in linking the aviation industry with the Army Air Corps) and industrialist Donald Douglas, manufacturer of some of the warplanes that made up the great U.S. air armada. The book also covers wartime research & development: the evolution of engines, armament, armor plating, fuel tanks, gun sights, bomb sights and, above all, the testing and operational deployment of American warplanes. These planes included the P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47 and P-51 fighters and the B-17, B-24, B-25 and B-29 bombers. Each plane was distinctive in capability and characteristics, and Perret defines the differences in detail. Finally, his book offers vivid personal accounts by former pilots, bombadiers and turret gunners that convey the exhilaration and terror of aerial combat. Photos. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375750472
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Perret was educated at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. He was enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years and is the author of the acclaimed books Ulysses S. Grant and Eisenhower. He lives in England with his wife.

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