B-17 Flying Fortress units of the Eighth Air Force. gPart 1 by Martin Bowman

By Martin Bowman

The Boeing B-17 has come to epitomise the yank struggle attempt in Europe in the course of global warfare II (1939-1945), the large four-engined heavy day bomber taking the struggle to Germany from the overdue summer season of 1942 via to VE-Day. the first operator of the Flying citadel in Western Europe used to be the 'Mighty Eighth'. This quantity, that is the 1st of 2 dealing solely with the 'Mighty Eighth', covers the 15 Bomb teams of the 1st Air department, every one of which managed 4 squadrons. The evolution of the strength is traced via first-hand money owed of these members that took half within the motion

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