Blood and Fears

Blood and Fears

by Kevin Wilson


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The US 8th Air Force came of age in 1944. With a fresh commander, it was ready to demonstrate its true power: from Operation Argument in February—targeting German aircraft production plants—to bringing the Luftwaffe to battle over Berlin, the combined US Air Force-Royal Air Force forces’ round-the clock campaign bottled up the German army in Normandy.In this authoritative history, Kevin Wilson reveals the blood and heroism of the 8th Air Force. At the same time, he opens up the lives of the Women's Army Corps and Red Cross girls who served in England with them and feared for the men in the skies, and he hasn't flinched from recounting the devastation of bombing or the testimony of shocked German civilians.Drawing on first-hand accounts from diaries, letters, and his personal audio recordings, the author has brought to life the ebullient Americans' interaction with their British counterparts, unveiling stories of humanity and heartbreak. Thanks to America's bomber boys and girls, the tide of World War II shifted forever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681776637
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 707,992
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Kevin Wilson has spent most of his working life as a staff journalist on British national newspapers, including the Daily Mail and the Sunday Express.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Maps xi

Introduction xiii


1 'He had us dead to rights' 3

2 'Things are going to be tough from now on' 28

3 'A gasp of surprise and dread' 64

4 'What are those fools trying to do, kill all of us' 93


5 'Hiya Baby! Lovely day isn't it?' 107

6 'Up and down the streets people jeered and spat at me' 135


7 'Invasion! No longer just a gleam in the General's eye' 165

8 'An Me 109 came at me head on. I was terrified' 184

9 'Couldn't sleep. Kept seeing ships exploding' 199

10 'Some were blazing and some were blown to bits' 220

11 'All hell broke loose' 250


12 'Bodies were scattered all over the area' 273

13 'The greatest air battle of this war' 289


14 'I bet our lives' 329

15 'So cold tears came into ray eyes' 361

16 'The birds were really flying. What a sight!' 377

17 'Sitting off my wing was an Me 109' 409


18 'Let the English celebrate' 435

19 'I can't get away from the things I've seen' 457

Acknowledgements 480

Notes 484

Glossary 512

Bibliography 516

Index 522

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