Delivering a "Band of Brothers" in the skies, Miller deftly mixes the strategic with the personal, offering revealing and unforgettable stories about Americas "bomber boys" who fought in the air war against the Nazis. 20 photos. Maps.Delivering a "Band of Brothers" in the skies, Miller deftly mixes the strategic with the personal, offering revealing and unforgettable stories about Americas "bomber boys" who fought in the air war against the Nazis. 20 photos. Maps.Read Less
A bombing war while necessary was costly on the crews that flew many of the missions that achieved little results many of the crews knew this yet the went up day after day hoping to get their 25 missions in.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-09-04 Historian Miller (D-Days in the Pacific) chronicles the story of the U.S. Eighth Air Force in this sprawling, authoritative narrative of the "largest aerial striking force in the war." The Eighth arrived in England in 1942 to engage in "a new kind of warfare": unescorted "high-altitude strategic bombing." In addition to destroying Germany's war-making capacity, the Eighth hoped to validate its "extravagant claim that air power alone would bring down the Reich" and to win autonomy for the air force. As Miller demonstrates, the "hubris of the bomber barons" was misplaced, and the "record of the Eighth Air Force is mixed." Not only did victory require boots on the ground but the air war became a bloody "war of attrition." The Eighth suffered 26,000 combat deaths, a 12.3% fatality rate topped only by submarine crews. Drawing on exhaustive research in oral histories, diaries and government documents, Miller evenhandedly recounts the Eighth's successes and failures, emphasizing the stoic heroism of the crews who flew the missions. That diverse lot included celebrities like the actors Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable and anonymous fliers like 21-year-old Lt. Chuck Yeager. This eloquent tribute to America's bomber boys should prove popular among fans of military history. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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