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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

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

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. Masters of the Air is an well deserved classic of military history focusing on the Eighth Air Force the United States strategic bomber arm that was the first American unit to bring the war to Nazi Germany and which pioneered the tactics and techniues of strategic bombingBy all reason the strategic air campaign should not have worked Army Air Corps doctrine in the late 30s was built around three major pillars the heavily armed B 17 Flying Fortress was self escorting and could fend off hostile fighters the gyroscopic Norden bombsite could hit pinpoint targets with accuracy and precision attacks on vital centers of industry could cripple an enemy military without the need for battles of attrition All three of these assumptions would be proven wrong in the skies over German with deadly conseuences for the men who had been trained and euipped on them The cloudless skies of test ranges over the American southwest were nothing like the weather over England and Germany Men froze in the stratospheric slipstream and bombers were lost in rapidly changing weather conditions Flak and fighters ripped through the B 17 and B 24s inflicting proportional casualties as high as any duty in the war matched only by submarine crews Nazi industry proved surprisingly resilient Yet even if every specific of pre war doctrine was wrong the bombers succeeded in their most important tasks Defense against bombers escorted by P 51s in the months leading up to Overlord deciminated the Luftwaffe and the landings were unopposed from the air The transport and oil campaigns feel short of paralyzing the Nazi war machine but delay and friction impeded the panzers and gave the Normandy beachhead time to stabilize and expand And the thousands of heavy guns shooting at the sky and not T 34s on the steppes had some helpful effect on the Eastern FrontMiller was inspired to write this book in part by his friendship with Lt Col Robert Rosie Rosenthal of the Bloody 100th Bombardment Wing and this book shines in depicting the human side of the Eighth It was a whole new kind of warfare Crews would take off in English fog endure hours of torment over Europe return and potentially be in London with a pretty girl by evening War at the limits of technology was intensely dangerous The first teams dispatched in 1943 had a one in five chance of completing the reuired 25 missions Frostbite flak and fighters were the three terrors of this aerial front Showcase raids like Schweinfurt Regensburg and Ploesti caused terrible losses for temporary results The courage that it took to fly straight and level holding formation through the worst was like something out of Napoleonic warfare standing in ranks to take fire Bomber crews were teams as tightly knit as any on Earth Along with the flying there are stories about leaves around England the traditions of the bases and the devotion of the men to each otherBut the mission was murder Thousands of the bomber boys died in combat and many were grievously wounded or held captive in Nazi POW camps this book does not neglect the POW perspective And point military targets soon shifted to area targets like railyards and factories in German cities and in the last months of the war morale bombings to break the will of the German people a campaign of terror through mass civilian death Miller tries to draw a distinction between the goals of the Eight Air Force and the RAF s city busting campaigns under Bomber Harris but I m not sure the Brits deserve that characterization Area bombing against civilians is a war crime and we can recognize that without the slide into the fallacy that there s no difference between the air campaign and the Holocaust In the end strategic bombing failed in its goal of shorter cleaner wars Attrition moved from the trenches to the skies But the men who flew those missions were a rare breed There are damn few of them left Both my grandfathers served in WW2 one in the Pacific and one was never deployed I m a member of the Commemorative Air Force which keeps a B 17 Sentimental Journey flying This book has deepened my appreciation of airpower the mission and especially the men

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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. 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 its portrayal in movies and books to race relations to the effect of the American air bases on the social fabric of the English countryside to the whole uestion of the viability of strategic bombardment Miller is incredibly well read on a vast amount of literature relating to the air campaign over Europe and draws on many of these sources to produce a rich first rate history There is something in MASTERS for any fan of history I particularly enjoyed his handling of the sticky uestion of whether strategic bombing was a success From the point of view of the pre war bomber barons the answer is no Heavy bombers alone were not able to defeat Germany But the important uestion is whether the damage they did inflict was worth the effort put forth and the answer to that is a resounding yes Miller does a fine job though of making clear that the strategic bombing was not the sole mission of the 8th Throughout late 1943 and early 1944 the main mission of the 8th was too break the Luftwaffe fighter force by hitting targets the Jagdwaffe would be force to defend and then shooting down the German fighters Destruction of the Luftwaffe was a pre reuisite for Operation Overlord and the 8th was the only force able to carry it out German fighter routinely avoided combat with Allied fighters it took attacks on key targets by bombers to bring them out where American escorts could get them Coincidently this campaign against German airpower also paved the way for later campaigns against oil and transportation targets in Germany This is where strategic bombing came into it s own It was never able to win the war alone but it severely curtailed German production efforts in the last months of the war and shortened the war by monthsI m only touching the surface of what MASTERS offers If you have any interest in the air war over Europe or the 8th Air Force I strongly recommend this book It is sure to be the standard history of the 8th


10 thoughts on “Masters of the Air America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

  1. says:

    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 b

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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 throu

  4. says:

    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't

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 f

  7. says:

    Masters of the Air is an well deserved classic of military history focusing on the Eighth Air Force the United States strategic bomber arm that was the first American unit to bring the war to Nazi Germany and which pioneered the tactics and te

  8. says:

    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 narrat

  9. says:

    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 WW II and their attempt at surviving especially the early days of the war in the ETO I wished it would have done to cover the air war in the PTO but this is the American Psyche war in Europe was kno

  10. says:

    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 covers the story of the bombers in E

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