By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
Gregory Fremont-Barnes examines the lives of the yankee 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. 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 amazing patience to fly for hours at 20,000 toes at temperatures lower than freezing in unheated, unpressurized cabins. Then there have been Luftwaffe warring parties and anti-aircraft fireplace to cope with and it required superb ability and a few good fortune to come back from a venture unscathed. This booklet 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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I kept the trigger down, and he blew all to hell, like dust in the air. I wondered, did I hit his fuel and 20mm shells? B-17 DORSAL GUNNER IN COMBAT As bombers were open in the waist positions of the fuselage in order for the gunners to fire their machine guns, the temperatures at 30,OOO-32,OOOft ranged between 40 and 70 degrees below zero. The men consequently dressed very heavily, with several pairs of long underwear, uniform shirt and trousers, an electric suit over these, and the whole topped by a lined flying suit.
John Regan also remembered the British people with fondness: The British treated us wonderfully. When we had time off, we'd jump into our jeeps, tear off into the countryside firing flares, feeling no pain, having a big time, probably go to the town of Luton, fairly close to our base. We'd go to the same pub and people would see us, really greet us, cheer, sing songs. We got to know everybody there. We enjoyed it so much that one time I got all my men together and we called the fellow that owned the place up in front.
Fighters were armed with machine guns as well as with cannon and could cause havoc while flying at high speed through bomber formations. While bombers naturally made use of their machine guns to ward off their much more maneuverable opponents, the best form of defense was to have a fighter escort. Initially, as no fighter could escort bombers the entire length of their mission, fighter cover was only 46 provided for as long as the escort could remain in the air with sufficient fuel to enable them to fight and to return safely to base.
American Bomber Crewman 1941-45 by Gregory Fremont-Barnes