Freeman, Roger A.


1st ed., 1977. 192 pp., frontis., profusely illustrated with photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 30 x 22cm. Spine of d.j., faded o/w FINE. In this history of the B-17 Fortress at war, the author covers aspects that have hitherto received scant attention, presenting the aircraft as it was seen by those operating and maintaining it, exploring its combat attributes and deficiencies and showing why it became a legend. For the first time, this book reveals how the famous name evolved; the politics surrounding the B-17’s early employment by the RAF and why this venture failed. It establishes the first ever Fortress air combat, giving the surprising outcome, and tells why the Japanese found it so hard to shoot down the early B-17’s. The operational difficulties that beset the US Air Forces in using the Fortress in different environments are also disclosed as are its clandestine operations with the Luftwaffe, and its last major combat use in the Middle East conflicts of the late ‘forties and ‘fifties. There is also a detailed study of the original crews and aircraft of a typical B-17 squadron and their eventual fates.

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