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By Gregory Fremont-Barnes

Gregory Fremont-Barnes examines the lives of the yank Bomber Crewmen of the 8th Air strength, "The robust 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 struggle II (1939-1945). He highlights the actual and mental pressure put on those courageous males. lengthy bombing missions referred to as for brute energy to manage the airplane and amazing patience to fly for hours at 20,000 ft at temperatures under freezing in unheated, unpressurized cabins. Then there have been Luftwaffe warring parties and anti-aircraft hearth to take care of and it required extraordinary ability and a few good fortune to come back from a project 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 stories they went via.

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A briefing room usually had a raised podium behind which, on the wall above, hung a large map of the area of operations: Western Europe, the Mediterranean, part of the western Pacific, or Japan and the nearby island groups. A duty clerk would already have marked out the mission route, target, and fighter rendezvous points on the map with colored ribbons and pins. The briefing officer entered the room, walked down the aisle, mounted the dais, and drew back the curtain so all assembled were made aware of the objective simultaneously.

Notwithstanding this danger, the German Me 109 and FW 190 posed the single greatest threat to the relatively ponderous, albeit heavily armed, bomber. Machine gun fire constituted the only defense for bombers. 50-cal. ammunition, with the interior becoming so covered in shell casings as to impair movement for the crew. com accurately enough to send up such an intense barrage in the path of the bombers that the exploding shells gave the impression of storm clouds. Bob Gillman remembered how 20 miles from his target: ...

The mechanics started work by “pulling through the props,” a difficult task of pulling on each propeller blade to turn the engine and remove any fuel that had collected in the cylinders during the night. The crew chief then entered the cockpit and followed the engine priming procedure to ensure that it was functioning normally. He started the particular engine (of four) which drove the electrical generators before running up each additional engine in turn. These he ran so as to achieve the maximum number of revolutions per minute, in so doing testing oil pressure, turbo-supercharger, and magneto performance.

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