By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
Gregory Fremont-Barnes examines the lives of the yank Bomber Crewmen of the 8th Air strength, ''The potent Eighth'', who crewed, maintained and repaired the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and the B-24 Liberators that flew from the airfields of Norfolk and Suffolk and different counties of britain. He highlights the actual and mental pressure put on those courageous males. lengthy bombing missions known as for brute power to manage the airplane and awesome patience to fly for hours at 20,000 toes at temperatures under freezing in unheated, unpressurized cabins. Then there have been Luftwaffe warring parties and anti-aircraft hearth to deal with and it required superb ability and a few success to come from a challenge unscathed. This publication is a becoming tribute to those frequently uncelebrated heroes who took the struggle deep into the 3rd Reich, in addition to a desirable ancient account of the reports they went via.
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Have already had a few misunderstandings that way... The British version of toilet 30 tissue is equivalent to the rotogravure section of the Sears Roebuck catalogue. There are no oranges. We will soon be eating American food tho' I like English food. They have tried to cook our dishes and have flopped so far. But their hospitality extended that far! " Generally speaking, relations between Britons and Americans were amicable. Lalli Coppinger, a Red Cross Club volunteer, recalled her experiences thus: Getting to know the Americans was a memorable highlight of the war.
The eagerness of the men to escape from base as soon as an opportunity arose is scarcely surprising, for they were generally dismal, uncomfortable places. Bases were completely functional and unattractive, scattered across the English countryside, especially in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, which were naturally useful areas from which to launch air attacks on Germany and occupied Europe. Apart from the runways, a base contained a control tower, one or more aircraft hangars and a series of buildings including mess halls, operations rooms, barracks, repair facilities and other structures, often of prefabricated construction.
Bud Klint, serving out of Molesworth, remembered the scene on August 17, 1943 when "every heart in the briefing room hit rock bottom when they pulled the cover off the mission map and revealed that black tape running direct from England to Schweinfurt," the site of a heavily defended ball bearing plant in the heart of Germany. In the event, 231 B-17 crews were to remain in the air over enemy territory for almost four hours. Dale Rice, in the same aircraft, recalled how the officer opened the curtain and announced, "'This is it.