1st ed., 1978. Viii + 373 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The author describes, moment by moment, August 17, 1943 as B-17's invaded Germany en route for the ball-bearing plants at Schweinfurt on the biggest raid the US Air Forces had ever attempted. Without ball-bearings Hitler's war machine would grind to a halt. The book also describes the second Schweinfurt mission on October 14, 1943 and depicts the daily lives and deaths of men on both sides. Through the story of these two missions evolves the development of the US 8th Air Force in England, and the most crucial combat tests of American daylight precision bombing strategy.