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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 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 4 days ago by buforo
Great book. Any book written by Stephen E. Ambrose is a great book.Published 8 days ago by Ralph E. Cadwallader
Good read, easy to follow. Again, how these boys did the job, amazing.Published 10 days ago by John Holl Jr
I just finished reading this book today and recommend it highly. I thought it gave a clear picture of what it was like to survive the 35 missions from a B24 Liberator crew... Read morePublished 11 days ago by timjim
An excellent job of historical happenings in a way the is not only clear but in an interesting to those who aren't all that crazy about history. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Joan
A FASCINATING BOOK. I REMEMBER SENATOR MCGOVERN AS A LOUD OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF THE WAR IN VIETNAM. HIS EXPERIENCES AS A B-24 PILOT IN WORLD WAR II ARE VERY INTERESTING. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ray Eaton