The Mighty Eight: Units: Men and Machines: A History of the US 8th Air Force - Roger A. FreemanLondon: Jane's, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
2nd revised edition, 1st printing, first published 1970. Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; 2-column text;
From the cover: “This new, revised edition of the internationally acclaimed work by Roger A. Freeman incorporates many amendments and detail corrections that have come to light since The Mighty Eighth was first published in 1970.
The most authoritative and best known reference history of the US Eighth Air Force from its inception to the end of hostilities in Europe, this book concentrates on its operations from the United Kingdom.
Created for the express purpose of proving the controversial concept of strategic daylight precision bombing by unescorted high-altitude heavy bomber formations, the Eighth Air Force had to face many vicissitudes and combat attrition before it overcame enemy opposition and its own errors of judgement.
By D-Day 1944 the Eighth Air Force had grown into the largest air striking force ever committed to battle, able to field 1000 four-engined bombers escorted by some 700 long-range fighters to any target of strategic importance in Germany or German-occupied territories. Bombing accuracy improved with hard-earned practice and the introduction of new equipment, but the cost was high: over 5000 B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators never returned to their bases. The cost in human lives was even higher, but the airmen and their commanders never lost their determination to succeed. At the same time the American long-range fighter pilots evolved their own combat tactics and, despite often desperate opposition, gradually fought down the Luftwaffe.
This well-illustrated work includes a reference section giving accurate statistics on every bomber, fighter and support formation to serve under the Eighth Air Force command, as well as the Medal of Honor awards, leading fighter aces, and a detailed coverage of unit markings backed by 128 full colour aircraft profiles. Based on photographic and measurement data, with colours matched to fragments of actual aircraft, these superb paintings by John Rabbets cover the whole range of Eighth Air Force air heraldry.”