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Europe has fallen. Pearl Harbor is in flames. Enter: the Eighth.In 1941 the RAF fought a desperate battle of survival against the Luftwaffe over Britain. Then, from across the Atlantic, came a new generation of American pilots, gunners, and bombardiers, a new generation of flying machines called the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator, the P-47 Thunderbolt, and the P-Europe has fallen. Pearl Harbor is in flames. Enter: the Eighth.In 1941 the RAF fought a desperate battle of survival against the Luftwaffe over Britain. Then, from across the Atlantic, came a new generation of American pilots, gunners, and bombardiers, a new generation of flying machines called the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator, the P-47 Thunderbolt, and the P-51 Mustang fighter. Soon these brave young men were hurtling themselves and their unproven planes across the Channel and into the teeth of enemy firepower, raining down bombs on the German military machine, and going up against Hitler's best fliers in the sky.This is the dramatic oral history of the Army Air Corps and the newly created Eighth Air Force stationed in Britain, an army of hard-fighting, hard-playing flying men who suffered more fatalities than the entire U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific campaign of World War II. Here, in their own words, are tales of survival and soul-numbing loss, of soldiers who came together to fight a kind of war that had never been fought before--and win it with their courage and their blood.But the road to victory was paved with sacrifice. From its inaugural mission on July 4, 1942, until V-E Day, the Eighth Air Force lost more men than did the entire United States Marine Corps in all its campaigns in the Pacific. The Mighty Eighth chronicles the testimony of the pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners who daily put their lives on the line. Their harrowing accounts recall the excitement and terror of dogfights against Nazi aces, maneuvering explosive-laden aircraft through deadly flak barrages, and fending off waves of enemy fighters while coping with subzero temperatures.Beginning with the opening salvos from a mere dozen planes, crewmen describe the raids on Berlin and Dresden, the fiasco at Ploesti, Romania, and Black Thursday over Schweinfurt. They fell to the terror of seeing aircraft destroyed--helplessly watching as comrades crash and burn, or parachute over enemy territory, where they will attempt to evade enemy capture through the underground. Others tell of mourning downed airmen murdered by vengeful citizens and soldiers, and of those who endured captivity in POW camps. -->...

Title : The Mighty Eighth: The Air War in Europe as Told by the Men Who Fought It
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ISBN : 9780440226482
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Number of Pages : 560 Pages
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  • 'Aussie Rick'
    2019-04-20 09:49

    I have been a keen fan of Gerald Astor since I first read his book Operation Iceberg. Up until that time I was not keen on oral histories but this author has changed my mind in regard to this style of history. In this book he once again produces an excellent and moving account of the strains, experiences and horrors that men bear in wartime. This book covers the American daylight effort in the airwar over Europe which was just as horrific as that of the British & Commonwealth nightime efforts. At times when I read this book I could picture the spinning and burning B-17's and B-24's going down and I think that this is a timely book to remind us of the young men who went down with those planes on behalf of their family, friends and country. The book offers a good overview of the terrible battles over Europe and also covers the efforts of the fighter pilots and ground crew. Enjoyable and sad!

  • Stacy
    2019-04-24 06:53

    Enlightening. I learned a lot I didn't know about WWII. Liked it more 2nd time around.

  • Robert McKinley
    2019-05-19 09:47

    Courageous Men Who Faced Death Almost Daily, But Still Went UpGood editing of a large number of memoirs and remembrances to put together a pretty good narrative of the horrors of trying to bomb the Nazis into submission. The effort proved the Billy Mitchell theory wrong. It also took boots on the ground to ultimately be the Germans. Unfortunately a great many lives were lost before this was realized by the Generals in charge. Tremendous courage was shown by the vast majority of the aircrew from 1943 through 1945. It's too bad that General Eaker and others underestimated the ability of the German fighters and the flak gunners on the 88s for so long. This cost the Eighth Air Force dearly in the early years. In fact it almost destroyed it as an effective fighting force.

  • Jalon
    2019-04-28 09:08

    In this book, Gerald Astor combines many war stories into one fluent history about the Air War in Europe. I think it was a good combination between personal stories of RAF and USAF airmen and a more informative writing of ww2. I would recommend this book if you are interested in the air combat and bomber strategies of ww2. The book talks a lot about specific aircraft and uses some technical aviation language, so a small amount of knowledge on ww2 aircraft may be necessary to enjoy the book. I rated the book 5 stars based off of my interest in the reading.

  • David Gunn
    2019-05-12 03:49

    This was a good book providing a ground, or air level account of the 8th. The author recounted many 8th member personal accounts of the war and their missions. Fully capturing the emotion of the men who flew. I would have given the book 5 stars had the author contextualized those account a bit more with the strategic implications of the losses/ missions/ and accomplishments of the 8th.

  • Garth Slater
    2019-04-26 02:06

    Excellent book. Had a lot of fun listening to it.

  • Lee
    2019-05-20 05:48

    Great book that detailed the lives of those who flew with the M8 from training into combat zone

  • Roy
    2019-05-11 04:49

    Not exactly a day-to-day account of life in the Eighth Air Force, but very close. Astor does an excellent job of introducing us to not just the famous leaders like Ira Eaker, Jimmy Doolittle and Curtis LeMay, but also to ordinary pilots, navigators, bombardiers, air gunners, mechanics, ground crews, ordnancemen, and all the rest of the men who flew and maintained the bombers and fighters. He does an excellent job of analyzing the virtues and vices of the various aircraft and the various models flown by the 8th as they were introduced. He writes with real authority on this. When it comes to various of the 8th's operations, I feel he could have done a better job explaining how they were planned, led and executed. I was particularly annoyed by his coverage of the infamous 1943 Black Thursday" Raid, where the Mighty Eighth committed 278 B-17s to the strike and lost 60 of them, plus damage ranging from light to write-off to all but about 30 of the aircraft that survived the mission. However, he makes up for it with the analysis of what the 8th AIr Force accomplished in the three years they fought in the war-torn skies of Europe, and of their establishment of a tradition unique to the air forces of the world: that once committed to battle, no United States Air Force bomber force has EVER turned back.If you are a student of World War II in Europe, this book belongs on your bookshelf.

  • Jarrod
    2019-04-27 06:47

    5 for content, 3 for how it's written.If the entire book had been written like the last chapter, it would be a five. The content and personal flavor is amazing. The jump from first person to third to descriptive is horrifying and difficult to follow. I'm very glad I read this book for the background and because of the human interaction that needed to be conveyed. The sacrifice given be the mighty 8th is astounding and the casualties become real in the pages here.

  • Wiley
    2019-04-23 02:53

    It's okay. Nothing new here for anyone already familiar with the history of the USAAF bomber campaign against Germany in WWII. It does contain a large number of personal accounts of individual airman and crews' combat missions, and associated events. Not the sort of book to keep you up late at night, unable to put it down. This is not for anyone who lacks interest in detailed military history.

  • Steve
    2019-05-20 09:50

    An excellent book on the air war in Europe during World War II and the men who flew the dangerous missions whether on bombing missions by the B-17 Flying Fortresses or the B-24 Liberators or the fighter pilots who escorted the bombers in the P-47 Thunderbolts or P-51 Mustangs and went on strafing missions this book details those who fought over the skies over Germany during World War II.

  • Edward
    2019-04-19 02:12

    Well-researched, well-written, this book really corrected a number of misconceptions I'd had about the air war over Europe. A wealth of details from aircrew and ground crew accounts. Learned a lot about the men, machines, and missions involved in the bombing of the German war industries.

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-01 03:51

    Very good look at the air war over Europe from the US side of things. Well written, the stories of the men themselves show the vast differences in such a massive organization. They also do not shy away from the harsh realities of the war.

  • Jeanie Wallenstein
    2019-04-19 07:51

    Another book about the battles and machines and big politics.

  • Tom Haynes
    2019-04-27 03:07

    Wonderful account of the history of the US Air Force with focus on the Eighth flying out of Britain during WWll. Accounts from the men who fly missions. Amazing.