This is the most complete volume available on the military aircraft of the Third Reich. Hundreds of archive photographs are complemented by color illustrations to provide detailed visual profiles of the aircraft. The combination of detailed text, specifications and superb illustrations provides a unique reference work to the aircraft, their histories, their achievements and their colors.
Get the complete story of one of the most ambitious aerial campaigns in history–the bombing of Europe under the Axis powers–illustrated with over 200 compelling photos.
Created in November 1943, the Fifteenth Air Force was the direct descendant of the American Ninth and Twelfth Air Forces that had fought in the Mediterranean since the summer of 1942. Its force included 210 B-17 Flying Fortress and 90 B-24 Liberator bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, and P-51 Mustang fighters. They took the air battle against the Axis to areas Allied bombers based in England could not reach: southern Germany, Austria, eastern Europe, and the Balkans. Their reach in the Balkans included the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, vital to Germany's war effort. Its crews fought the weather, as well as the enemy, by flying over the Alps to reach many of their targets and made a significant contribution to the victory over the Axis powers and Nazi Germany.
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Reviews of Fallen Fortress: A true story of the training and survival of a downed B-17 pilot during WW II. Fallen Fortress: A true story of the training and survival of a downed B-17 pilot during WW II – Kindle edition by Tom Bartlett. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Fallen Fortress: A true story of the training and survival of a downed B-17 pilot during WW II.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
On April 27th, 1944, an 8th Air Force B-17 piloted by Lt. W. C. Shaddix was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Belgium. Shaddix and his crew bailed out of their crippled bomber and Shaddix alone was able to elude capture by the German Army. The rest of his crew spent the war in German POW camps. Shaddix was hidden and protected by the Belgian underground who passed him along from family to family. While trying to make his way to neutral Spain along with another downed pilot, Shaddix was picked up by the French Underground who were fighting a guerilla war in the Ardennes Forest. He joined them in their battle against the retreating German Army. Finally their unit was swept up by Patton’s 3rd Army as it raced across Europe.
Drawing on interviews, diaries, and recently declassified documents, author Tom Bartlett, a former Air Force officer, traces the remarkable story of the training, survival, and return of a downed B-17 pilot.
Reviews of BARKER VC, The Life, Death and Legend of Canada’s Most Decorated War Hero. BARKER VC, The Life, Death and Legend of Canada's Most Decorated War Hero [Wayne Ralph] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When William Barker died in an air crash in March 1930 his state funeral was the largest in the history of Toronto. He was a war hero and holder of the Victoria Cross. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
When William Barker died in an air crash in March 1930 his state funeral was the largest in the history of Toronto. He was a war hero and holder of the Victoria Cross, the DSO and Bar, the MC and two Bars, the Croix-de-Guerre, two Italian Silver Medals for Valour and three Mentions-in-Despatches. Moreover, he had 50 Great War victories to his credit. However, his life and achievements have, to all intents and purposes, been forgotten or overlooked when compared to that other great war hero, Billy Bishop. Wayne Ralph has made it his mission to discover why this is the case. In what was for him "a five-year emotional journey", Ralph has solved many mysteries and laid to rest many mistruths about the man. This is a detailed and well-researched biography of Lieutenant Colonel William Barker.
“A must read for anyone who wants to understand the new American way of war.” — General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency
A former special operations member takes us inside America’s covert drone war in this headline-making, never-before-told account for fans of Zero Dark Thirty and Lone Survivor, told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer and filled with eye-opening and sure to be controversial details.
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