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 in the course of international conflict II (1939-1945). He highlights the actual and mental pressure put on those courageous males. lengthy bombing missions referred to as for brute energy to regulate the plane and impressive patience to fly for hours at 20,000 ft at temperatures lower than freezing in unheated, unpressurized cabins. Then there have been Luftwaffe combatants and anti-aircraft hearth to take care of and it required exceptional ability and a few good fortune to come from a challenge unscathed. This e-book is a becoming tribute to those usually uncelebrated heroes who took the conflict deep into the 3rd Reich, in addition to a desirable old account of the reviews they went via.
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Sergeant Richard Grimm, a 19-year-old radioman from Pittsburgh, described the attack of an Fw 190: He was coming in at 5 o’clock high, and he saw that there was no firing from the tail. I know because he dropped his flaps and took a long slow pursuit curve at us. He was taking his time and was going to come right in and get us. I gave him two short bursts at practically zero deflection and hit him with both of them. I could see things fly off, but he kept coming. I kept the trigger down, and he blew all to hell, like dust in the air.
Wherever they happened to live the men often had pin-ups of Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, or other women on the wall behind or beside their bunks. Movie stars such as Ginger Rogers sometimes sent autographed photographs of themselves in response to requests from the front. Ben Smith recalled how, on his base: We seldom wore uniforms. Our dress was flight overalls and leather A-2 jackets. We clomped around a lot in our flight boots, always when we went to the latrine or some short distance, because they were warm.
In the Pacific, bombers were confronted by the Mitsubishi Zero, a highly maneuverable aircraft that flew faster, higher, and farther than anything like its American equivalent. Still, Japan’s severe fighter losses in the early years of the war meant that by the time American bombers could be deployed in large numbers against the home islands in 1944, but above all in 1945, the Japanese no longer possessed Zeros in sufficient numbers to prevent bombers from executing massive raids with virtual impunity.
American Bomber Crewman 1941-45 (Warrior) by Gregory Fremont-Barnes