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The " Mighty Eighth War Diary Hardcover – October 25, 1990

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Product Details

  • 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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Every once in a while an author comes along who establishes themself in their genre as the definitive master.
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
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This book opens with the strategic goals to defeat Germany. They expected to need 4,000 bombers of heavy or very-heavy category to decimate industry in a six-months' period. The Eighth was not the only, just the earliest U.S. force in England. At first composed of bombers, then fighter units, pathfinders and electronic countermeasures squadrons, 8th AF initiated medium bomber raids, then concentrated on heavy bombers like B-17s and B-24s. Escorts, at first P-38s, then P-47s and P-51s gradually extended coverage clear across the Reich. This is the record of each day: numbers dispatched to a target, the number lost, casualties and enemy planes claimed. Every page has a picture captioned as to the action involved, the names of ships or details of men flying. It is extensively footnoted.
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.
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Roger A. Freeman's Mighty Eighth War Diary is the perfect compliment to his other works including the landmark The Mighty Eighth, The Mighty Eighth in Color, The Mighty Eighth War Manual, The Mighty Eighth Warpaint and Heraldry. and The Mighty Eighth War Manual.

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.

If you liked The Mighty Eighth, you'll love the The Mighty Eighth War Dairy.
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