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Fast, Lively, Informative History of the Eighth Air Force
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2016
Superb history of the Eighth Air Force and its combat operations in World War II. This book puts the Daylight Precision Bombing operation into a historical context. This theoretical, untried concept was wrong-headed in so many ways. Pre-war planners eschewed the need for a long range fighter to shepherd the bombers, believing that the heavily armed B-17 could easily defend itself. Instead the plane was easy prey for Germany's fighters. The planes were not equipped to keep their crews warm at the cold altitudes at which they operated. And the Norden bombsight, tested in the clear skies over the desert in America, was problematic over Europe, where clouds cover reigned much of the year. Tactics and objectives had to be rethought again and again. Meanwhile, airmen died by the thousands. Miller moves seamlessly from broad overview to personal stories of heroism and horror to thoughtful analysis of how the massed bomber attacks on Germany affected the outcome of the war. A fast, lively, and informative read.