Enlightening I learned a lot I didn t know about WWII Liked it2nd time around. Europe Has Fallen Pearl Harbor Is In Flames Enter The Eighth.In 1941 The RAF Fought A Desperate Battle Of Survival Against The Luftwaffe Over Britain Then, From Across The Atlantic, Came A New Generation Of American Pilots, Gunners, And Bombardiers, A New Generation Of Flying Machines Called The B 17 Flying Fortress, The B 24 Liberator, The P 47 Thunderbolt, And The P 51 Mustang Fighter Soon These Brave Young Men Were Hurtling Themselves And Their Unproven Planes Across The Channel And Into The Teeth Of Enemy Firepower, Raining Down Bombs On The German Military Machine, And Going Up Against Hitler S Best Fliers In The Sky.This Is The Dramatic Oral History Of The Army Air Corps And The Newly Created Eighth Air Force Stationed In Britain, An Army Of Hard Fighting, Hard Playing Flying Men Who Suffered Fatalities Than The Entire U.S Marine Corps In The Pacific Campaign Of World War II Here, In Their Own Words, Are Tales Of Survival And Soul Numbing Loss, Of Soldiers Who Came Together To Fight A Kind Of War That Had Never Been Fought Before And Win It With Their Courage And Their Blood.But The Road To Victory Was Paved With Sacrifice From Its Inaugural Mission On July 4, 1942, Until V E Day, The Eighth Air Force Lost Men Than Did The Entire United States Marine Corps In All Its Campaigns In The Pacific The Mighty Eighth Chronicles The Testimony Of The Pilots, Bombardiers, Navigators, And Gunners Who Daily Put Their Lives On The Line Their Harrowing Accounts Recall The Excitement And Terror Of Dogfights Against Nazi Aces, Maneuvering Explosive Laden Aircraft Through Deadly Flak Barrages, And Fending Off Waves Of Enemy Fighters While Coping With Subzero Temperatures.Beginning With The Opening Salvos From A Mere Dozen Planes, Crewmen Describe The Raids On Berlin And Dresden, The Fiasco At Ploesti, Romania, And Black Thursday Over Schweinfurt They Fell To The Terror Of Seeing Aircraft Destroyed Helplessly Watching As Comrades Crash And Burn, Or Parachute Over Enemy Territory, Where They Will Attempt To Evade Enemy Capture Through The Underground Others Tell Of Mourning Downed Airmen Murdered By Vengeful Citizens And Soldiers, And Of Those Who Endured Captivity In POW Camps. Courageous Men Who Faced Death Almost Daily, But Still Went UpGood editing of a large number of memoirs and remembrances to put together a pretty good narrative of the horrors of trying to bomb the Nazis into submission The effort proved the Billy Mitchell theory wrong It also took boots on the ground to ultimately be the Germans Unfortunately a great many lives were lost before this was realized by the Generals in charge Tremendous courage was shown by the vast majority of the aircrew from Courageous Men Who Faced Death Almost Daily, But Still Went UpGood editing of a large number of memoirs and remembrances to put together a pretty good narrative of the horrors of In this book, Gerald Astor combines many war stories into one fluent history about the Air War in Europe I think it was a good combination between personal stories of RAF and USAF airmen and ainformative writing of ww2 I would recommend this book if you are interested in the air combat and bomber strategies of ww2 The book talks a lot about specific aircraft and uses some technical aviation language, so a small amount of knowledge on ww2 aircraft may be necessary to enjoy the book I ra In this book, Gerald Astor combines many war stories into one fluent history about the Air War in Europe I think it was a good combina This was a good book providing a ground, or air level account of the 8th The author recounted many 8th member personal accounts of the war and their missions Fully capturing the emotion of the men who flew I would have given the book 5 sta Excellent book Had a lot of fun listening to it. Great book that detailed the lives of those who flew with the M8 from training into combat zone Not exactly a day to day account of life in the Eighth Air Force, but very close Astor does an excellent job of introducing us to not just the famous leaders like Ira Eaker, Jimmy Doolittle and Curtis LeMay, but also to ordinary pilots, navigators, bombardiers, air gunners, mechanics, ground crews, ordnancemen, and all the rest of the men who flew and maintained the bombers and fighters He does an excellent job of analyzing the virtues and vices of the various aircraft and the various models f Not exactly a day to day account of life in the Eighth Air Force, but very close Astor does an excellent job of introducing us to not just the famous leaders like Ira Eaker, Jimmy Doolittle and Curtis LeMay, but also to ordinary pilots, navigators, bombardiers, air gunners, mechanics, ground crews, ordnancemen, and all the rest of the men who flew and maintained the bombers and fighters He does an excellent job of analyzing the virtues and vices of the various aircraft and the various models flown by the 8th as they were introduced He writes with real authority on this When it comes to various of the 8th s operations, I feel he could have done a better job explaining how they were planned, led and executed I was particular 5 for content, 3 for how it s written.If the entire book had been written like the last chapter, it would be a five The content and personal flavor is amazing The jump from first person to third to descript It s okay Nothing new here for anyone already familiar with the history of the USAAF bomber campaign against Germany in WWII It does contain a large number of personal accounts of individual airman and crews combat missions, and associated events Not the sort of