The British Airman
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 )