Tales To Noses Over Berlin
The 8th Air Force Missions
ISBN 1 898575 02 9
- 20 USAAF daylight raids covered.
Listing of losses for 450 heavy bombers.
Archives material from US and German sources reveal the results, often previously officially described simply as "unobserved".
Veterans and survivors tell their stories.
Summary of the RAF campaign against Berlin.
The targets, the defences and the political/military reasons for the
128 pages, 100+ photographs, soft cover
"BIG B" - Berlin - the very name sent shudders through every Allied airman.
The USAAF's 8th Air Force began a 20 mission campaign against the German capital
in March 1944, just as the RAF gave up its ambitions to crack the city wide
open. They battled against the cream of the Luftwaffe in the air, the flak
from the ground and the North European weather. It started with just thirty
bombers over Berlin and climaxed with twelve hundred and thirty a year later.
Berlin was considered rich in targets but there were political considerations
too. The British, the Russians, not just the Germans, all influenced the progress
of the campaign. Each of the twenty missions is covered - the bomber war, the
fighter war. For some they would prove every bit the nightmare envisaged;
for others an anti-climax, a milk run. The crews of more than 450 B17s and
B24s failed to return. Of those that did return, none would ever forget they
Veterans and survivors tell their
stories, through recollection, diary notes, reports and official records. Target damage analysis from
USAAF files and detailed study of official secret German archive
records reveal the results of the raids. The destruction is revealed
and the human cost - to friend and foe alike.
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© Ray Bowden 24 October 2021