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THE MIGHTY EIGHTH

MASTERS OF THE AIR OVER EUROPE 1942–45

Autore: Donald Nijboer

Codice: 228065

€ 36,50

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Un’opera completa e superbamente illustrata con centinaia di profili di aerei, scene di battaglie e foto d’epoca, che esamina le operazioni che videro coinvolti i famosi Mighty Eighth.

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The perfect companion to Masters of the Air on Apple TV+, this is a superbly illustrated examination of the aircraft, pilots, crews and operations of the US Eighth Air Force.

The US Eighth Air Force—known as the "Mighty Eighth”—was a combat air force activated in Georgia, USA on January 28, 1942. Its bomber command soon moved to Northern Europe to conduct strategic bombing missions, seeking to destroy Germany's ability to wage war. Among the major operations it participated in were "Big Week” in February 1944; the D-Day landings in June 1944; and the defeat of the Luftwaffe and destruction of German industry. Eighth Air Force was the largest of the deployed combat Army Air Forces in numbers of personnel, aircraft, and equipment. At peak strength, Eighth Air Force had 40 heavy bomber groups, 15 fighter groups, and four specialized support groups.

This work provides a superbly illustrated and fully comprehensive exploration of the Mighty Eighth's bomber and fighter planes, its incredibly brave pilots and crew, and its daring and dramatic operations. It also explores the careers of key personalities associated with the Mighty Eighth, such as Earle Partridge, James Doolittle, and William Kepner. Packed with hundreds of color aircraft profiles, battlescene artworks, and period photographs, The Mighty Eighth provides a truly comprehensive look at the illustrious history of the US Eighth Air Force.

CONTENTS:

Introduction

Genesis

VIII Fighter Command

Chapter 1: The Friendly Invasion: "Over Paid, Over Sexed, and Over Here!”

Strategic Air Depots

Daily Life and Conditions of Service

Easily Replaced

Love, London, and Longing

Tents and Castles

"Consider Yourselves Already Dead”

Chapter 2: The Light of Day: The USAAF Strategic Bombing of Germany 1942-45

1942: First Missions

1943: A Decisive Year

1944: Winning the Argument

1945: Crippling Nazi Germany

Chapter 3: Organization of Eighth Air Force: Air and Ground Units

Air Units

Ground Crews and Personnel

Eighth Air Force order of battle, January 1945

Chapter 4: Aircraft of the Eighth Air Force: Bombers, Fighters, Reconnaissance

Bombers

Fighters

Photo-recon and Reconnaissance

Chapter 5: The Tools of Battle: Training, Formations, Technology, Armament, Tactics

Training

Formations

Technology

Armament

Fighter Tactics

Chapter 6: The Experience of Battle: Facing the Flak, Dueling the Fighters

Enemy Coast Ahead

12 O'Clock High

Receiving Flak

Bailing Out

Air Sea Rescue

Returning Home

Relief and Debrief

Casualties

Combat Focus: 303rd Bomb Group "Hell's Angels”

Fighter Mission

Combat Focus: 4th Fighter Group "Debden Eagles”

Combat Focus: 56th Fighter Group

The Opposition: Defending the Reich

Chapter 7: Eighth Air Force Personnel: Leaders and Aces

Senior Leadership of Eighth Air Force

Heroes at the Sharp End

Chronology

Further Reading and Research

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

Acknowledgments

Index

 

Lingua

INGLESE

Illustrazioni

Riccamente illustrato a colori e in bianco e nero

Pagine

320

Misure

19 x 25

Rilegato

SI

ISBN
9781472854216