LION IN THE SKY. U.S. 8TH AIR FORCE FIGHTER OPERATIONS 1942-45.

Scutts, Jerry.


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Wellingborough, 1st ed., 1987. 152 pp., frontis., profusely illustrated with photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 20cm. FINE. From all parts of America came the keen fighter pilots of the 8th Air Force during the Second World War. From their East Anglian airfields they sortied out over occupied Europe, escorting bomber formations and suffering appalling losses at the hands of the Luftwaffe. Others, more experienced from having fought in the volunteer Eagle squadrons before America's entry into the war, helped train the newcomers and gradually the tide began to turn against the Third Reich. The author describes the complete history of the 8th's fighter squadrons, largely through first-hand operational accounts from many of the pilots themselves. He also reveals the close links which were forged between the American and British combat aircrew and which survive to this day.


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