American Bomber Crewman 1941–45 cover
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Gregory Fremont-Barnes examines the lives of the American Bomber Crewmen of the Eighth Air Force, 'The Mighty Eighth', who manned, maintained and repaired the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and the B-24 Liberators that flew from the airfields of England. He highlights the physical and psychological strain placed on these men, who required brute strength to control the aircraft on long bombing missions and extraordinary endurance to fly for hours at 20,000 feet at temperatures below freezing in unpressurised cabins. In addition to this, with Luftwaffe fighters and anti-aircraft fire to contend with, it required incredible skill and some luck to return from a mission unscathed. This book is a fitting tribute to these often uncelebrated heroes who took the war deep into the Third Reich, as well as a fascinating historical account of their experiences.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Recruitment and Enlistment · Training · Appearance and Dress · Equipment · Daily Life and Conditions of Service · Experience of Battle · Aftermath · Collections and Museums · Bibliography and Further Reading · Index

Product details

Published 05 Mar 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846031250
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 7 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 119
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gregory Fremont-Barnes

Gregory Fremont-Barnes holds a doctorate in Modern…

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Seán Ó’Brógáin

Seán Ó’Brógáin lives and works in Donegal, I…

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