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Manufactured by a consortium of companies that included Ford Motor and Douglas Aircraft, the B-24 bomber, dubbed the Liberator, was designed to drop high explosives on enemy positions well behind the front lines--and especially on the German capital, Berlin. Unheated, drafty, and only lightly armored, the planes were dangerous places to be, and indeed, only 50 percent of their crews survived to the war's end. Dangerous or not, they did their job, delivering thousand- pound bombs to targets deep within Germany and Austria.
In his fast-paced narrative, Ambrose follows many other flyers (including the Tuskegee Airmen, the African American pilots who gave the B-24s essential fighter support on some of their most dangerous missions) as they brave the long odds against them, facing moments of glory and terror alike. "It would be an exaggeration to say that the B-24 won the war for the Allies," Ambrose writes. "But don't ask how they could have won the war without it." --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Like many of Mr Ambrose's books, it offers and informative look into the personal experiences of rank and file participants in the War.Published 28 days ago by DWLColo
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was glad to learn more about B-24 and B-17 operations in WWII.
Shortly after I read it, I mentioned it to our chaplain in Civil Air... Read more
Great read by a great author about our greatest generation. Great perspective and insight into the pilots and crews who--by working together--helped contribute to winning the war.Published 4 months ago by Rob R.
I wished I had voted for George for President. His service life is chronicled here. A decent man. Richard Nixon spent his service life in the Navy, playing Poker--he financed... Read morePublished 4 months ago by zewponx
Out if all the Ambrise books I have read, which is most, this was the book I liked the leastPublished 4 months ago by ejm