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    Update May 2017 this book is currently turned in an HBO series produced by Spielberg and Hanks This is an extensive read regarding the guys that were in the 8th air force and helped liberate Europe including my country I was awed by their adventures stories and experiences that they had to endure in order to defeat the German Reich particular the LuftwaffeDonald L Miller writes about a lot of things the personal lives of the pilot

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    This book did an impressive job of covering the air war in Europe focusing on the US Eighth Air Force based in England The parts I most enjoyed were the experiences of the bomber crews but he also covered strategic air theory going into the war the debates and decisions of those higher up AmericanBritish relationships and the view from the German side Miller showed the ugly side of war—the results of fire bombing the intense men

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    How do we compare this new arena of warfare especially in 1943 to other battles? In 1943 an Eighth Air Force crewman had an 80% chance of dying being wounded captured or going missing before completing 25 missions The bombers always got through never stopped by the German defenders This book tells the story of the Eighth Air Force in WWII ma

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    After sitting on my shelf for a few years I finally decided to read this Having read many books on the 8th AF over the years I was hoping this wouldn't be a rehashing of what I'd previously read I'm happy to say it wasn'tThe book concentrates solely on the bombers of the 8th AF with very little attention paid to

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    The losses of men and aircraft and the destruction of cities is incredible Hindsight is of course a wonderful thing but some of the tactical decisions made are troubling

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    I read the subtitle of this book and assumed it was a collection of war stories from 8th Air Force crewmen I'm not a huge fan of oral history but decided to give it a shot anyway Wow was I pleasantly surprised It is much much than an oral history MASTERS OF THE AIR examines the entire experience of the 8th AF from POWs to

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    Masters of the Air is an well deserved classic of military history focusing on the Eighth Air Force the United States strat

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    I must admit that I'm having a bit of difficulty in finding the 'right label' for this book mainly because its author trie

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    I would strongly recommend reading this book only after one has read A Few Good Captains by Dewitt S Copp It certainly dove tails the development of the USAAF into the USAF and shows the many struggles of pilots of all sorts of Aircraft during

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    Part of the title of this book “bomber boys“ seems a little strange to me It is in a way flippant and dismissive of the men who flew the bombers in Europe in World War II On the other hand the eight or 10 men on each crew were in many cases very young And they apparently had a camaraderie that men in the army on the ground did not have as commonlyThis is a long book 25 hours in the audible format It cove

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Masters of the Air America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

Music of Glenn Miller's Air Force band which toured US air bases in England But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers In an American bomber crewman stood only a one in five of the Air PDFEPUB #189 chance of surviving his tour of duty twenty five missions The Eighth Air Force lost men in the war than the US Marine CorpsThe of the Air America's Bomber PDF bomber crews were an elite group of warriors who were a microcosm of America white America anyway African Americans could not serve in the Eighth Air Force except in a support capacity The actor Jimmy Stewart was a bomber boy and so was the King of Hollywood Clark Gable And the air war was filmed by Oscar of the Air America's Bomber PDF winning director Willia. The losses of men and aircraft and the destruction of cities is incredible Hindsight is of course a wonderful thing but some of the tactical decisions made are troubling

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M Wyler and covered by reporters like Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite all of whom flew combat missions with the men The Anglo American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II a war within a war Until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in the final months of the war it was the only battle fought inside the German homelandStrategic bombing did not win the war but the war could not have been won without it American airpower destroyed the rail facilities and oil refineries that supplied the German war machine The bombing campaign was a shared enterprise the British flew under the cover of night while American bombers attacked by day a techniue that British commanders thought was suicida. I must admit that I m having a bit of difficulty in finding the right label for this book mainly because its author tries in my opinion to cover in it at least three topics all sharing the common denominator but nonetheless uite separate from each other The common denominator is of course the story of 8th Airforce and its bombing campaign against German Reich between 1942 and 1945 Lion share of this book is dedicated to a narrative of the human story of this grand air formation and men who served in it Author does an excellent job with a narrative that allows the reader to get detailed insight into the personal experience of serving with 8th Airforce How did one deal with the enormous stresses and paradoxes of flying a mission over Berlin during the day and going to bed in a soft bed in the evening How did US servicemen interact with their British hosts What did the experience of being a German POW feel like These uestions and a whole lot are answered with help of author s skillful narrative and freuent usage of personal recollections of men who were there The scope of Masters of the air is however bigger that than just the human experience of 8th Airforce s military personel Intermingled with the personal stories of US servicemen British civilians and sometimes also pilots and civilians on the German side are two other eually important and fascinating stories The first tells the story of conceptual and practical development of heavy bomber as strategic weapon during World War 2 Starting point for 8th Airforce was founded on a lot of seriously flawed pre war preconceptions and theories Over the course of the war based on practical experience bought at terrifying cost it transformed itself into a horrifyingly effective and destructive military machine The author slowly walks the reader through this metamorphosis with help of recurring tangents spread throughout the book Another set of tangents is dedicated to a discussion regarding the effectivness and conseuences of US bombing campaign of Germany from military economical and moral perspective In those sections of the book the analysis goes in depth into such issues as most effective allocation of resources identification and exploitation of strategic softspots and other in my opinion uite complex topics related to military strategy Perhaps the most difficult and troublesome aspect of US bombing campaign against Germany its morality or rather lack thereof is also discussed at lengthAuthor s input regarding these rather heavy topics is by no means superficial On the contrary his analysis is at times among the most detailed and well argumented I ve encountered during my couple of decades of study of history of Second World War What s the author takes a rather controversial stand regarding certain issues which are hotly disputed among historians and analysts even today which in my opinion makes his contribution even fascinating and interestingMy major problem with this book is that I m not entirely convinced that intermixing the human story aspect of this book and the two much technical and specialized topics was a very good idea I admit that the author not only makes this rather odd mix work but actually manages to make the three main topics of this book complement each other But I also believe that this choice makes Masters of the air uite demanding on reader s prior knowledge of the subject of this book For a military history buff like me this book is a treat For a casual reader it may be a bit hard to absorb and appreciate

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Masters of the Air is the Air MOBI #239 the deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler's doorstep With the narrative power of fiction Donald Miller takes readers on a harrowing ride through the fire filled skies over Berlin Hanover and Dresden and describes the terrible cost of bombing for the German peopleFighting at feet in thin freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before bomber crews battled new kinds of Masters of PDF assaults on body and mind Air combat was deadly but intermittent periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear Unlike infantrymen bomber boys slept on clean sheets drank beer in local pubs and danced to the swing. How do we compare this new arena of warfare especially in 1943 to other battles In 1943 an Eighth Air Force crewman had an 80% chance of dying being wounded captured or going missing before completing 25 missions The bombers always got through never stopped by the German defenders This book tells the story of the Eighth Air Force in WWII magnificently 5 Battle Stars all the wayIf you want to understand the air war in WWII over Europe this single volume will give you much of what you need So many aspects of the war are covered many areas I had little or no knowledge of Mr Miller keeps it interesting never a dull moment He begins with a concise explanation of the theories of this new dimension in warfare Guilio Douhet and BGen Billy Mitchell are the famous proponents of airpower as a decisive new weapon both men believed a sustained strategic campaign against the civilian infrastructure and population would mean a uicker victory and fewer casualties overall Mr Miller covers this theoretical grounding of airpower theory uickly and moves along to the important Air Corps Tactical School in Alabama Here is where the theory of strategic bombing became dogma where the foundation was laid for the daylight precision bombing campaign that would be so bloody Mitchell and Douhet theoriesview spoiler For the first time in the history of modern armed conflict civilians were singled out as deliberate military targets not only because they were valuable producers but also because they were easy to intimidate Both Douhet and Mitchell were convinced that civilians lacked the fortitude to stand up to vertical warfare waged with high explosives incendiaries and poisonous gases that generation s euivalent in terror generating capacity of atomic warfare The evidence they had before them was the mass panic and terror in London and Cologne caused by World War I bombing attacks air strikes far smaller than either of them envisioned in future wars The new wars will be decided swiftly Douhet argued precisely because the decisive blows will be directed at civilians that element of the countries at war least able to sustain them Modern industrial states they theorized were highly vulnerable to air attack because their economies formed a delicate interconnected fabric or web A relentless precision bombing campaign needed to hit only those industries that made products or supplied services essential to almost all other industries Destroy an enemy s choke points its steel electric power ball bearing oil and railroad industries and its entire war economy would collapse making continued military resistance untenable hide spoiler Hers to Protect you want to understand the air war in WWII over Europe this single volume will give Her Small-Town Hero you much of what Red Tail (Travis Trilogy you need So many aspects of the war are covered many areas I had little or no knowledge of Mr Miller keeps it interesting never a dull moment He begins with a concise explanation of the theories of this new dimension in warfare Guilio Douhet and BGen Billy Mitchell are the famous proponents of airpower as a decisive new weapon both men believed a sustained strategic campaign against the civilian infrastructure and population would mean a uicker victory and fewer casualties overall Mr Miller covers this theoretical grounding of airpower theory uickly and moves along to the important Air Corps Tactical School in Alabama Here is where the theory of strategic bombing became dogma where the foundation was laid for the daylight precision bombing campaign that would be so bloody Mitchell and Douhet theoriesview spoiler For the first time in the history of modern armed conflict civilians were singled out as deliberate military targets not only because they were valuable producers but also because they were easy to intimidate Both Douhet and Mitchell were convinced that civilians lacked the fortitude to stand up to vertical warfare waged with high explosives incendiaries and poisonous gases that generation s euivalent in terror generating capacity of atomic warfare The evidence they had before them was the mass panic and terror in London and Cologne caused by World War I bombing attacks air strikes far smaller than either of them envisioned in future wars The new wars will be decided swiftly Douhet argued precisely because the decisive blows will be directed at civilians that element of the countries at war least able to sustain them Modern industrial states they theorized were highly vulnerable to air attack because their economies formed a delicate interconnected fabric or web A relentless precision bombing campaign needed to hit only those industries that made products or supplied services essential to almost all other industries Destroy an enemy s choke points its steel electric power ball bearing oil and railroad industries and its entire war economy would collapse making continued military resistance untenable hide spoiler

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  • Masters of the Air America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany
  • Donald L. Miller
  • English
  • 13 January 2017
  • 9780743235440

About the Author: Donald L. Miller

Dr Miller is the John the Air MOBI ï Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and an expert on World War II among other topics in American history Three of his eight books are on WWII D Days in the Pacific the story of the American re conuest of the Pacific from Imperial Japan; Masters of the Air America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany ; and The Sto.