The B-17 Flying Fortress Story. Design – Production - History

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The B-17 Flying Fortress was not only a major contributor to the success of the Allied air campaign against Germany in World War Two but also the epitome of a challenge faced, fought and won .

Characteristics

Book cover finish Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Dust jacket
Condition Used very good
Number of pages 320
Published date 1998
Languages English
Size 22 x 28 x 2 cm
Author Roger A. Freeman
Editor Arms and Armour Press

Description

The B-17 Flying Fortress was not only a major contributor to the success of the Allied air campaign against Germany in World War Two but also the epitome of a challenge faced, fought and won — a charismatic vision of military might whose evocative name captured the public imagination as they saw formations of the machines flying from their British bases. 

 

Other aircraft may have been more adaptable, performing equal feats, but it was the 'Fort' which achieved celebrity status and retained it. Roger Freeman has written a library of books on the aircraft and men of the USAAF, especially those of the Eighth Air Force which, since his first trilogy of books used the term, has become known universally as 'The Mighty Eighth.' 

 

In an earlier work, Claims to Fame: The B-17 Flying Fortress, the author selected certain named and numbered examples whose operational history could be tracked in detail. In this volume his emphasis is far more on the design and production of the bomber and, with the help of David Osborne, he supplies an unprecedented summary of the war history of every B-17 that took part — all 12,731 of them! For veterans and their families, for historians, modellers, preservationists and general aviation enthusiasts, this volume will be an essential part of their information source. Its comprehensive coverage of the role and function for which the aircraft was created, of its technical make-up and the modifications it received, of its performance and then the histories of every single machine, will mark the book as a ground-breaking contribution to aviation history.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Roger A. Freeman

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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