Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories

Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories

A New Selection

Book - 2004
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Mbi Pub Co
Aviation authority Ian McLachlan has researched official archives, interviewed survivors and gained privileged access to personal letters, diaries and photo albums to relate a series of compelling stories of the US Eighth Air Force, based in Great Britain during the Second World War. Each chapter looks at a particular incident or theme, including: 'Jerks Berserks' - newly discovered crew pictures and additional evidence relating to the loss at sea of an American bomber crew. Adrift and helpless, were they murdered by a vengeful German U-boat crew?; 'Skipper an' the Kids' - a B-17 on a whisky run to Scotland vanishes. Decades later, the author helps discover debris from the lost bomber and recreates its final flight; and 'Buchenwald' - a powerful account relating the little-known facts about US airmen incarcerated in Hitler's infamous death camp.

Each chapter looks at a particular incident or theme, including:
'Jerks Berserks' -- newly discovered crew pictures and additional evidence relating to the loss at sea of an American bomber crew. Adrift and helpless, were they murdered by a vengeful German U-boat crew?
'Skipper an' the Kids' -- a B-17 on a whisky run to Scotland vanishes. Decades later, the author helps discover debris from the lost bomber and recreates its final flight.
'Buchenwald' -- a powerful account relating the little-known facts about US airmen incarcerated in Hitler's infamous death camp.
'The Innocent Sky' -- rescuers risking their lives perish in a vast explosion, the 8th AF's worst-ever incident of its kind that claimed the lives of both crews and 19 rescuers.
'Don't worry folks, I'm happy and fine' -- a last hasty letter penned on the hardstand prior to take-off, words that echoed for generations in an American family.


Independent Publishing Group
Following the success of Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories Ian McLachlan has trawled official archives, interviewed survivors and gained privileged access to personal letters, diaries and photograph albums to assemble a brand-new collection of bomber stories. Combining painstaking research and aviation archaeology, the author has uncovered twelve compelling new accounts of US bomber crews in combat over Europe during the Second World War.

Employing many previously unpublished photographs, the author devotes each chapter to a particular incident with powerful human interest during a time when young airmen trained for and engaged in savage aerial combat. Episodes covered include the possible murder of a bomber crew missing at sea; US prisoners of war incarcerated in one of Hitler's most grotesque concentration camps - Buchenwald - and an airman's last letter to loved ones at home. The broken and buried fragments of once mighty machines, now virtually extinct, recall the hopes and the love so often lost in a bomber's final moments. The reader is reminded of sacrifices made not only by young bomber crews, but by others who risked their lives aiding fallen fliers.



Publisher: Stroud : Sutton, 2004
ISBN: 0750933607 (hbk.)
Branch Call Number: 940.544973 MCL
Characteristics: 212 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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