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Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories Hardcover – November 6, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0750933605 ISBN-10: 0750933607 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing; First Edition edition (November 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750933607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750933605
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,603,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian McLachlan is an authority on the history of the wartime USAAF and is the author of Final Flights (1989), Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories (1991), Night of the Intruders (1994), USAAF Fighter Stories (1997), Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories: A New Selection (2004) and USAAF Fighter Stories: A New Selection (2005). He lives in Beccles, Suffolk.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ian McLachlan is in the running to succeed the late Roger Freeman as THE 8th Air Force historian of note. His competition is the equally talented Martin Bowman. Bowman's forte is the sweeping air campaign waged by the Mighty Eighth. McLachlan focuses on the 'little' aerial incidents - the mid-airs, the crashlandings, the human interest stories - that made up the 8th AF's war. EIGHTH AIR FORCE BOMBER STORIES is McLachlan's latest sampler of 8th AF war stories. It's as interesting, affecting and poignant as his earlier efforts.

McLachlan books combine vintage combat reports, current-day first-person reminiscences by airmen and civilians and aviation archaeology reports to produce wonderfully detailed acounts of, for example, the tragic March 1945 mid-air between two 392nd BG Liberators that left only four survivors.

Along with the chapter devoted to the 392nd tragedy, McLachlan presents eleven other stories including the saga of a 385th BG crew that barely survived their imprisonment in Buchenwald(!); the bravery of a 487th BG B-17 pilot who gave his life to save not only his crew but the inhabitants of an English village; the errors that led to the loss of 'Skipper an' the Kids,' a 388th BG lost on a routine training mission; the story of the young English artist Anne Haywood and her relationship with the 385th BG; the 448th BG B-24 crew, downed by Me262s, that owed their lives to the common decency of a Wehrmacht officer; and so on.

There are no gay, dashing flyboys waging glorious air battles in EIGHTH AIR FORCE BOMBER STORIES. The airmen - and civilians - in McLachlan's book are ordinary people struggling to survive and carry out their duty.
Some live, some die, others are scarred for life.
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I have read of the brave B-17 crews flying from English bases; the crewchiefs and commanders. There were MPs, doctors and Red Cross ladies- but never about the English lass whose artwork adorned the nose of many 385th Bomb Group airplanes. 'Haybag Annie' is a sweet little story with sad overtones; so many boys were shot down during the hectic raids on Nazi targets.
Other stories in the book tell of midair collisions, flak damaged planes landing in the drink, and a recreation of Annie's artwork for a TV show titled 'Time Team'. Next to the remains dug from a site, cameras pan across a reclining lady, just as she appeared on the B-17 'Sleepy Time Gal' before the crash.
There are details of formation flying, turbulence in clouds, airplane system failures and those dreaded telegrams sent to relatives back home. More conventionally, there are chapters dedicated to parachuting into occupied countries, life in prison camp, return to U.S., and visits to their old haunts by veterans.
See also: Night of the Intruders: First-Hand Accounts Chronicling the Slaughter of Homeward Bound Usaaf Mission 311, B 17: Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator at War.
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First of all I had been looking for this particular book because the story , " Skipper an the Kids' was included. It was interesting to read of all the research done by Graham Herbertson concerning the crash and lost of Crew. Mr Herbertson was able to give Families some " closure' about what really happened.
My Uncle John N Littlejohn Jr was the Captain of this WWII Bomber.

Looking forward to Unraveling stories of all the other Bombers included...
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