Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine

Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine

by Barrett Tillman


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November 1943—May 1945—The U.S. Army Air Forces waged an unprecedentedly dogged and violent campaign against Hitler’s vital oil production and industrial plants on the Third Reich’s southern flank. Flying from southern Italy, far from the limelight enjoyed by the Eighth Air Force in England, the Fifteenth Air Force engaged in high-risk missions spanning most of the European continent. The story of the Fifteenth Air Force deserves a prideful place in the annals of American gallantry.

In his new book, The Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler’s War Machine, Tillman brings into focus a seldom-seen multinational cast of characters, including pilots from Axis nations Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria and many more remarkable individuals. They were the first generation of fliers—few of them professionals—to conduct a strategic bombing campaign against a major industrial nation. They suffered steady attrition and occasionally spectacular losses. In so doing, they contributed to the end of the most destructive war in history.

The Forgotten Fifteenth is the first-ever detailed account of the Fifteenth Air Force in World War II and the brave men that history has abandoned. This book is a must-read for military history enthusiasts, veterans, current servicemen and their families. Includes glossy photo signature of historic pictures and documents

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621574040
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Series: World War II Collection
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 481,208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Barrett Tillman is the author of Whirlwind, Forgotten Fifteenth, and dozens of other military histories. He is a familiar television commentator on The History Channel and National Geographic Channel. The Wall Street Journal hailed him as “a master story teller,” and Pulitzer Prize–winner Stephen Hunter called Whirlwind “a miracle of military history.” Tillman’s work has been cited in dozens of history books and has been used as course work by the Air Force, the Navy, and Marine Corps. Barrett Tillman lives in Arizona with his wife Sally.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 Up from the Desert 1

November 1943-January 1944

Chapter 2 The Winter War 27

January-March 1944

Chapter 3 Italian Spring 55

March-June 1944

Chapter 4 East to Ploesti 81

April-June 1944

Chapter 5 Mediterranean Summer 115

July-September 1944

Chapter 6 Other Players 149


Chapter 7 Air Supremacy 183

September-December 1944

Chapter 8 Mission Accomplished 215

January-May 1945

Chapter 9 Legacy 247

May 1945 and beyond

Acknowledgments 273

Appendix 277

Notes 287

Bibliography 311

Index 315

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