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Bloody Skies

Author : Melvin W. McGuire
ISBN : WISC:89058511742
Genre : History
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Little has been written about the contributions of enlisted combat aircrew members during World War II. Also, the importance of crew unity has not been sufficiently emphasized. BLOODY SKIES is the story of a Fifteenth Air Force B-17 crew that often flew the notorious Old Flak Holes & how they learned to respect & trust each other. Training made them cohesive; crisis & tragedy bonded them. They arrived at Amendola, Italy on the day their entire squadron, the Twentieth, had been wiped out by the Luftwaffe. That was their introduction to war. Ten enthusiastic, bright-eyed, cocky boys experience a fatigue & weariness so overpowering it seems to go deep into the bones. It is only their pride in themselves, their crew & their country that keeps them returning to the skies to face another day of that dreaded flak & German fighters. In spite of the horrors of aerial combat, they can still find humor in their lives & compassion for those innocent victims of every war--the children. These ten men, from the economic, cultural & geographic spectrum of 1940s America, represented the best their country could offer.
Category: History

Bloody Skies

Author : Nicholas A. Veronico
ISBN : 9780811714556
Genre : History
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A visual history of the US Eighth Air Force in World War II • Hundreds of photos of American aircraft damaged or shot down by the German Luftwaffe • Photos of damaged bomber and fighter planes, plus information on their crews and missions • Perfect complement to the narrative accounts in the Stackpole Military History Series • Ideal reference for military history fans, scholars, and modelers
Category: History

The Munster Raid

Author : Ian Hawkins
ISBN : UOM:39015018475676
Genre : History
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Category: History

Mighty By Sacrifice

Author : James L. Noles
ISBN : UOM:39015084100505
Genre : History
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Dispatched on what was to be an easy assignment of attacking the Privoser Oil Refinery and associated railroad yards at Moravska Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, the 20th Squadron of the 2nd Bombardment Group saw the bloodiest day in their history. Not a single one of the 20th Squadron's B-17 bombers returned from the mission. In this book, the 90 airmen on that mission provide a remarkable personal window into the Allies' Combined Bomber Offensive at its height during World War II. Their stories encapsulate how the U.S. Army Air Force built, trained, and employed one of the mightiest war machines ever seen. These stories also illustrate, however, the terrible cost in lives demanded by that same machine.
Category: History

Caesar Of The Skies

Author : Beau Sheil
ISBN : UCAL:$B33066
Genre : Aeronautics
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Category: Aeronautics

Through Blue Skies To Hell

Author : Edward M. Sion
ISBN : 9781935149965
Genre : History
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A “surprisingly revealing” look at air combat, combining a WWII bombardier’s journal with a present-day perspective (Aviation News). This comprehensive look at air war over Europe during the climactic year of World War II combines firsthand experience with expert analysis. The centerpiece is a mission-by-mission diary of 1st Lt. Richard R. Ayesh, bombardier on a B-17 Flying Fortress, who flew with the 100th Bombardment Group, 13th Combat Wing of the 8th Air Force—the legendary “Bloody 100th.” He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Croix de Guerre, and Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, among others. This book follows Ayesh’s progress from his youth during the Great Depression in Wichita, Kansas, which was rapidly becoming the air capital of the nation, to his arrival in England as a lieutenant in a bomber crew assigned to assault the Third Reich. The author provides a look at the principles of American daylight strategic bombing, while relaying the overall military situation on the ground and in the air just after D-Day. Covering all aspects of air war in a clear, concise, yet nontechnical manner, the book covers such topics as photo-reconnaissance, munitions and bomb types, aircraft characteristics, fighter and bomber tactics, bomber formations, strategic target selection, radars, countermeasures and counter-counter measures. The unaltered diary of Lt. Ayesh is presented mission-by-mission, punctuated by tragedy and heroism, with explanations and commentary of the significance of events and actions described en route. The result is one of the most frank and exciting works on the air war over Europe to date. After Lt. Ayesh is followed on his perilous return home in U-boat infested waters, the book assesses the effectiveness of US strategy in ultimately paralyzing the Nazi war machine. Finally, the complex moral issues raised by area and city bombing are explored, with twenty-first century implications.
Category: History

Forthcoming Books

Author : Rose Arny
ISBN : UOM:39015046838804
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature

Sing With Me

Author : Charles Mwewa
ISBN : IND:30000079517490
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No Directions

Author : James Hanley
ISBN : UOM:39015031237665
Genre : English fiction
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Category: English fiction

Courage In The Skies

Author : James Edgar Johnson
ISBN : 0091746760
Genre : Air warfare
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This collection of aerial epics has been written by two of the Royal Air Force's best-known wartime leaders. Illustrated, the book features military and naval air operations from the open-cockpit fighting of World War I to the recent high technology encounters of Operation Desert Storm. The allies' devastating day and night bombing offensive in World War II stands side by side with advanced aircraft development and sophisticated weaponry of Korea and Vietnam, the Israeli Wars and the Falklands. Spanning 75 years, this book is a compendium of 20th century warfare.
Category: Air warfare

Bloody April

Author : Peter Hart
ISBN : 9781780225715
Genre : History
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The story of the decimation of the Royal Flying Corps over Arras in 1917 As the Allies embarked upon the Battle of Arras, they desperately needed accurate aerial reconnaissance photographs. But by this point the Royal Flying Club were flying obsolete planes. The new German Albatros scouts massively outclassed them in every respect: speed, armament, ability to withstand punishment and manoeuverability. Many of the RFC's pilots were straight out of flying school - as they took to the air they were sitting targets for the experienced German aces. Over the course of 'Bloody April' the RFC suffered casualties of over a third. The average life expectancy of a new subaltern on the front line dropped to just eleven days. And yet they carried on flying, day after day, in the knowledge that, in the eyes of their commanders at least, their own lives meant nothing compared to the photographs they brought back, which could save tens of thousands of soldiers on the ground. In this book Peter Hart tells the story of the air war over Arras, using the voices of the men who were actually there.
Category: History

Voices

Author : Harold Vinal
ISBN : IND:32000001389883
Genre : Poetry
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Category: Poetry

Red Tail Black Wings

Author : John Holway
ISBN : 1881325431
Genre : History
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Category: History

The Pembroke Magazine

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ISBN : UOM:39015068970675
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature

American Poetry Magazine

Author :
ISBN : UCAL:$B399051
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature

Blood Moon Rising

Author : Eric E. Wiggin
ISBN : 0805420282
Genre : Fiction
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Physicist Nicki Towns, prompted by messages from an ancient Assyrian manuscript, steals her company's advanced technology and travels to Iraq on a personal mission to free Iraq from Saddam Hussein.
Category: Fiction