- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Publisher: J M Productions; First Edition edition (October 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964892502
- ISBN-13: 978-0964892507
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fait Accompli: A Historical Account of the 457th Bomb Group (H); The Fireball Outfit First Edition Edition
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FAIT ACCOMPLI tops out at 408 pages. After a brief history of the Group's creation, Briggs and Bass recount the Group's combat record month-by-month. This section takes up the lion's share of the book, being some 250-odd pages long. Much of the narrative is based on mission reports, other official USAAF documents and 457th personnel reminiscences. Most mission descriptions range in length from 1/2-page to a full page. Certain tough missions rated lengthier descriptions. For example, the 14 June 1944 mission to Le Bourget, which cost the Group five B-17s, rated 3 1/2 pages. The 7 October 1944 raid on Politz, Poland, which saw Colonel Luper's B-17 and five other Forts shot down, ran to four pages and so on. Following this Group history, personal reminiscences of former Group members are featured in the 'Stories from the 457th' section, which runs to 60 pages. The stories found in this section bring the 457th's air war to vivid life as aircrew describe terrifying clashes with Luftwaffe fighters, shootdowns due to devastating flak hits, etc. Various appendices - Group/Squadron insignia, Group/Squadron commanders, Group KIA/MIA and a complete mission listing round out the book.
The text is illustrated with two dozen photographs, maps and illustrations.Read more ›