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By Gregory Fremont-Barnes

Gregory Fremont-Barnes examines the lives of the yank Bomber Crewmen of the 8th Air strength, ''The powerful Eighth'', who crewed, maintained and repaired the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and the B-24 Liberators that flew from the airfields of Norfolk and Suffolk and different counties of britain. He highlights the actual and mental pressure put on those courageous males. lengthy bombing missions known as for brute power to manage the plane and amazing patience to fly for hours at 20,000 toes at temperatures lower than freezing in unheated, unpressurized cabins. Then there have been Luftwaffe warring parties and anti-aircraft fireplace to cope with and it required marvelous ability and a few good fortune to come from a undertaking unscathed. This e-book is a becoming tribute to those frequently uncelebrated heroes who took the warfare deep into the 3rd Reich, in addition to a desirable old account of the stories they went via.

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NARA) ABOVE Men wait on and beside their British-made crash tender and ambulance, in case of emergency, as a B-17 Flying Fortress lands at an American airfield in Britain after a mission over the Ruhr. The engines of the trucks are kept running and the men are alert at their posts, ready to move into action. Visible on the back of the crash tender is an asbestos suit, which enables the wearer to work in fire for several minutes, giving him enough time to rescue any trapped crew members, should an aircraft catch fire on landing.

S/Sgt. " He got him! I could see the pilot's face as he went past us and went down. On the other hand, bombers were large and ponderous, and often fell victim to fighter attack. A 19-year-old radioman of the B-17 Iza Vailable recalled how: Fortresses were falling everywhere. As they dropped out of the protective formations, enemy fighters roared in for the kills. Parachutes began peppering the sky as American airmen jumped from burning B-17s. At least they stood a chance of surviving in German POW camps.

At least they stood a chance of surviving in German POW camps. What sickened me to the point of tears were the Fortresses that were exploding in midair with no hope of their crews' escape. " Sometimes the Germans calculated the elevation of an incoming raid 8-17s harassed by antiaircraft fire. Notwithstanding this danger, the German Me 109 and FW 190 posed the single greatest threat to the relatively ponderous, albeit heavily armed, bomber. Machine gun fire constituted the only defense for bombers.

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