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US EIGHTH AIR FORCE IN EUROPE Black Thursday, Blood and Oil - Vol 2

US EIGHTH AIR FORCE IN EUROPE
Black Thursday, Blood and Oil - Vol 2 
The second volume of this history of the US Eighth Air Force in Europe at the end of WW2 recalls the terrible losses suffered by Liberators in their low-level attacks on Rumania's oil fields and the notorious Schweinfurt and Regensburg raids.
This book describes the period when the American daylight offensive faltered and nearly failed and recalls the terrible losses suffered by Liberators on the low-level attack on the Ploesti oilfields in Rumania and by the B-17s on the notorious Schweinfurt and Regensburg raids which entered 8th Air Force folklore as 'Black Thursday'. Fascinating anecdotes, eye-witness accounts and the hard-won experiences of the battle-scarred American 'fly-boys' reveal the grim realities of air combat at four miles high above enemy occupied Europe, Berlin and the Ruhr. 'Grown up in the war' they paint a revealing picture as only they can. The 'Mighty Eighth' was an air force of hard-fighting, hard-playing fliers who suffered more casualties than the entire US Marine Corps in the Pacific Campaign. Here, in their own words are stories of survival and soul-numbing loss, of 'fly-boys' who came together to fight an air war of the ferocity that had never been fought on such a vast scale before. While RAF Bomber Command was waging war at night 8th Air Force B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators bombed by day in a 24-hour 'round the clock' campaign. This is also a partly a strategic history with a behind-the-scenes look at deployment of the bomber groups and the fighter escorts that would eventually become their salvation on the interminable deep penetration raids into the Greater Reich.

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Product Code: 23921
Author: By Martin Bowman
ISBN: 9781848847477
Format: Hardback 265 pages Published Price £25
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