By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
Gregory Fremont-Barnes examines the lives of the yank Bomber Crewmen of the 8th Air strength, "The effective 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 global warfare II (1939-1945). He highlights the actual and mental pressure put on those courageous males. lengthy bombing missions known as for brute energy to regulate the airplane and remarkable persistence to fly for hours at 20,000 ft at temperatures less than freezing in unheated, unpressurized cabins. Then there have been Luftwaffe opponents and anti-aircraft fireplace to cope with and it required fantastic ability and a few success to come back from a undertaking unscathed. This publication is a becoming tribute to those frequently uncelebrated heroes who took the battle deep into the 3rd Reich, in addition to a desirable historic account of the studies they went via.
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Extra info for American Bomber Crewman 1941-45 (Warrior)
Flight crews generally shared items sent to them from home with local people, including chewing gum, BELOW LEFT An American bomber crewman sleeping below a pin-up in Darwin, Australia. Flyers rose early, sometimes well before dawn, had coffee in the mess hall, and then went to the operations room for a briefing. There they received a packet for combat flight in case they crash landed or bailed out, consisting of concentrated food, a water purifier, a compass and foreign money, depending on their destination.
This gave sufficient time for the pilots to repeat the same checks that had been conducted by the ground crew several hours before. At the same time, the flight engineer, who doubled as the top turret gunner, stood behind the pilot and co-pilot to monitor the instrument panel and gauges. When the time for taxiing arrived, the pilot gave a signal to the ground crew to remove the wheel chocks. Sergeant George Hoyt, a B-17 radio operator, recalled this phase of a mission thus: As we taxied out to become part of a long procession of B-17s waddling along the taxi strip, I stood up on an ammo box to let my head get above the radio room roof.
Many were in England for as long as three years, plenty of time to form a special bonding and lasting friendships. The GIs had a great liking for children, who needed no encouragement to make their acquaintance. Their faces would light up when their American friends dug down into their pockets and brought out never-ending supplies of candy and chewing gum. ” ABOVE The B-24 Snow White and members of her crew who have just completed 36 missions and a total of 300 hours of combat time in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, stationed at a forward bomber base in the Libyan desert, April 1943.
American Bomber Crewman 1941-45 (Warrior) by Gregory Fremont-Barnes