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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.
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I've always been a fan of both Ambrose and McGovern. To have them together in a book on the air war in Europe is outstanding. Highly recommended.Published 1 day ago by M. Morris
I ordered two so I could give one to my cousin who piloted his B-24 Liberator over the oil fields at Ploisti,the second one I gave to my very good friend who is a lifetime... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Richard Stephanow Sr.
In this book, Ambrose accurately depicts the many trials faced by thousands of airmen flying in WWII. The bravery of the B-24 crews certainly cannot be denied. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Droddy
I think I would rather be on the ground in a foxhole then do what these men did. Thanks guys for everything you did over there.Published 1 month ago by buforo
Great book. Any book written by Stephen E. Ambrose is a great book.Published 1 month ago by Ralph E. Cadwallader
Good read, easy to follow. Again, how these boys did the job, amazing.Published 1 month ago by John Holl Jr