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56 pages - 1983 - Used, acceptable
This amazing book - which contains photographs, three - view drawings, colour illustrations, etc… - depicts the most famous American heavy bomber of the Second World War : the B - 17.


Book cover finish Offset varnish, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special feature Reprint ( First printing, January 1983 by Zokeisha Publications, Ltd. )
Condition Used, acceptable
Number of pages 56
Published date 1983
Language English
Size 27 x 34 x 2 cm
Authors Roger Freeman, Rikyu Watanabe
Editor Jane's Publishing Company, Ltd.




Such is the fame of the B - 17 Flying Fortress that stories of its exploits have already become legendary. Blurred by time and hearsay, it is not always easy to separate fact from fiction and assess just what contribution the aircraft made to the Second World War. Few would dispute that bombing played a major part in inducing the surrender of the Axis powers ; and in this respect it can be stated that two - fifths of the total tonnage of bombs dropped by the U.S. Army Air Forces were delivered to their target areas by Fortresses.


( ... ) The bomber had its origins in the U.S. Army Air Corps' doctrine of high altitude precision daylight bombing to attack strategic targets and deny an enemy the means to sustain their opposition.


( ... ) When the potential of a new Boeing bomber was first recognised in the mid - 1930s, it was seen as the means to foster this doctrine, and so the Fortress spearheaded the American offensive in Europe and remained operational throughout the Second World War.


Excerpt from Page No. 3.

Roger Freeman - Rikyu Watanabe

Roger A. Freeman ( May 11th, 1928 - October 7th, 2005 ) grew up on the family farm in Dedham ( Essex, England ).

In 1943, Martin B - 26 Marauder bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force’s 386th Bomb Group arrived at Boxted airfield - less than two miles away - sparking Freeman’s lifelong fascination with the wartime U.S.A.A.F. operating from Britain.

After the war, Roger A. Freeman began to impart his knowledge about the wartime U.S.A.A.F. with articles for aviation magazines and started to collate material for his planned book. The book, entitled The Mighty Eighth, was an instant success and has been translated into several languages.

His overall output of some 60 books also included works about the wartime Royal Air Force, individual aircraft studies, airfield histories and profiles of U.S.A.A.F. units.

( source : Wikipedia )

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