WRONG PLACE ! WRONG TIME ! - THE 305TH BOMB GROUP AND THE 2ND SCHWEINFURT RAID OCTOBER 14, 1943.

Kuhl, George C.


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Schiffer, Atglen, 1st ed., 1993. 304 pp., numerous maps, plans + photo-ills. D.j., marbled e.p.’s, 23 x 16cm. FINE. This is true story of the second raid on Schweinfurt, Germany by the Eighth Air Force 1st and 3rd Bombardment Divisions on 14 October 1943. On this day, the Eighth Air Force lost air superiority to the German Luftwaffe in a continuous air battle that lasted over three hours. Many refer to it as the greatest one-day air battle of World War II. This book is a study of the 1st Bombardment Division and specifically the 305th Bomb Group, with which the author was a pilot during World War II, on that fateful day. Record numbers of German fighters swarmed over the unescorted B-17s and their crews. Compelling new evidence, previously unpublished, indicates that mistakes and poor leadership by several air commanders within the 1st Division caused unnecessary losses for a number of bombers and their crews. This, together with major new revelations by crew members of the 305th who flew the mission, shed light on why the 1st Division lost 45 out of 60 B-17s that day. Information for this book comes from the National Archives, the US Air Force Historical Research Centre, overseas sources, and 53 surviving 305th crew members who flew this mission.


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