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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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WWII's heroes have been called "The Greatest Generation." Ambrose's portrayal of George McGovern and his fellow airmen gives the reader a glimpse into the hearts and terror of... Read morePublished 3 days ago by David Yossel
THIS WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK LOT OF FIREWORKS/ THE OTHER 2 BOOKS I HAVENT READ YET BUT WILL AT A LATER TIME WORKING ECT MAKES IT HARD TO READPublished 5 days ago by Buddy Wise
Of course no one could write like Stephen Ambrose. I found all of his books very easy to read and really tells the story in such a way that you can hardly put the book down.Published 11 days ago by NannaT
Was a great book, took me back to my days I was in Italy across the runway from McGovern's bomb group. Book was very factual.Published 16 days ago by Ron Anderson
I have not finished the book, but so far very interesting and informing. Nothing like real life experiences told by actual members of the Army Air Corp!!Published 1 month ago by Motorcycle Mike
A solid Ambrose work. For people who study the ground campaigns of WWII, this is a great introduction into the campaigns and personal lives of the men who fought the air war.Published 1 month ago by Aaron Johnson
Very much like stories an older brother had related. He was with the 451st Group 15th Air Force as an aerial gunner..
Letter from brother dated March 23'45. ... Read more
I was there in the 15th Air Force in Italy.Had Steven Ambrose still been with us, I would have sent him one comment about life on the ground. but, too late.Published 2 months ago by Erich W. Kothe