- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Weidenfeld Military; 2nd edition (October 25, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854090712
- ISBN-13: 978-1854090713
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.5 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The " Mighty Eighth War Diary Hardcover – October 25, 1990
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Roger A Freeman is that man in the mighty eighth. The War diary and his other books on the eighth air force are the best reference anyone could have to research this period of the war.
detailed accounts, eye witness accounts, archive reference, original reports reproduced, period photographs of aircraft, targets etc.
everything you need is here in a large hardback reference.
buy it, cost is not the issue, buy it now
As example, on 7 June 1944, one note refers to a mission to 'tactical targets Angers' [France]:
' ...On return at dusk, enemy intruder a/c [aircraft] attacked 34th BG while over its base. One 34BG shot down on base, another at Wetheringsett, and a third cr. [crashed] Nedging, total 12k. [killed] Two 490BG B-24s Cat E. [damaged beyond repair] after a landing collision at Feltwell A/F [airfield]. 34BG B-24 cr. on landing Eye A/F. During assembly 446BG B-24 cr. Rumburgh, 8k. ' (p. 261) I quote from this to demonstrate two things:
1) Freeman, Crouchman and Maslen provide deep details that would satisfy a researcher looking for specific locations and types of a/c involved.
2) This was a war of tremendous wastage- these were $100,000 bombers. Simply returning to England was no guarantee of safety; you risked collisions, enemy action and accidents while landing. Panicked landings might result in hitting a plane blocking the runway and all aboard (10 per plane) injured or killed.Read more ›
Aviation buffs and historians will be delighted with the daily summaries of Eighth Air Force operations including target(s), participating units, losses, claims for enemy aircraft destroyed and the anecdotal Incidents and Events. The photos are well edited and reinforce the text.
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