Masters of the Air America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany [Pdf kindle] by Donald L. Miller


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Masters of the Air is the deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler's doorstep With the narrative power of fiction Donald Miller takes readers on a harrowing ride through the fire filled skies over Berlin Hanover and Dresden and describes the terrible cost of bombing for the German peopleFighting at 25000 feet in thin freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind Air combat was deadly but intermittent periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear Unlike infantrymen bomber boys slept on clean sheets drank beer in local pubs and danced to. This book did an impressive job of covering the air war in Europe focusing on the US Eighth Air Force based in England The parts I most enjoyed were the experiences of the bomber crews but he also covered strategic air theory going into the war the debates and decisions of those higher up AmericanBritish relationships and the view from the German side Miller showed the ugly side of war the results of fire bombing the intense mental strain the men were under mistreatment of POWs and internees and the huge cost of the air campaign The statistic that most stood out to me was that the Eighth Air Force endured fatalities than the entire US Marine Corp during the war Miller also devoted time to uestions of precision bombing well trying to be precise vs carpet bombing and the morality of bombing non combatants Along with the ugly side of war and the hard uestions he also showed amazing examples of cooperation between crew members endurance during difficult circumstances and tremendous bravery as the men still flying got into their planes again and again and again One of the uestions raised is was it worth it Early Air Corp leaders thought they could bomb Germany into submission without an invasion That theory was proved wrong but I think it is fairly clear that the air war contributed significantly to the war s end It inhibited Germany s ability to wage war diverted German manpower and resources that would have otherwise been used elsewhere and it s doubtful D day could have been pulled off if the Allies hadn t achieved air superiority by June 1944 Miller bounced around a bit chronologically and up and down the command chain For the most part he did a good job with this but there were a few times when I thought it was a little jarring But even with that this was the most comprehensive WWII ETO air war book I ve ever read not that I ve read a ton on the subject but this wasn t my first air war book If it s a subject you re interested in this book is well worth picking up

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E Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite all of whom flew combat missions with the men The Anglo American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II a war within a war Until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in the final months of the war it was the only battle fought inside the German homelandStrategic bombing did not win the war but the war could not have been won without it American airpower destroyed the rail facilities and oil refineries that supplied the German war machine The bombing campaign was a shared enterprise the British flew under the cover of night while American bombers attacked by day a techniue that British commanders thought was suicid. Masters of the Air is an well deserved classic of military history focusing on the Eighth Air Force the United States strategic bomber arm that was the first American unit to bring the war to Nazi Germany and which pioneered the tactics and techniues of strategic bombingBy all reason the strategic air campaign should not have worked Army Air Corps doctrine in the late 30s was built around three major pillars the heavily armed B 17 Flying Fortress was self escorting and could fend off hostile fighters the gyroscopic Norden bombsite could hit pinpoint targets with accuracy and precision attacks on vital centers of industry could cripple an enemy military without the need for battles of attrition All three of these assumptions would be proven wrong in the skies over German with deadly conseuences for the men who had been trained and euipped on them The cloudless skies of test ranges over the American southwest were nothing like the weather over England and Germany Men froze in the stratospheric slipstream and bombers were lost in rapidly changing weather conditions Flak and fighters ripped through the B 17 and B 24s inflicting proportional casualties as high as any duty in the war matched only by submarine crews Nazi industry proved surprisingly resilient Yet even if every specific of pre war doctrine was wrong the bombers succeeded in their most important tasks Defense against bombers escorted by P 51s in the months leading up to Overlord deciminated the Luftwaffe and the landings were unopposed from the air The transport and oil campaigns feel short of paralyzing the Nazi war machine but delay and friction impeded the panzers and gave the Normandy beachhead time to stabilize and expand And the thousands of heavy guns shooting at the sky and not T 34s on the steppes had some helpful effect on the Eastern FrontMiller was inspired to write this book in part by his friendship with Lt Col Robert Rosie Rosenthal of the Bloody 100th Bombardment Wing and this book shines in depicting the human side of the Eighth It was a whole new kind of warfare Crews would take off in English fog endure hours of torment over Europe return and potentially be in London with a pretty girl by evening War at the limits of technology was intensely dangerous The first teams dispatched in 1943 had a one in five chance of completing the reuired 25 missions Frostbite flak and fighters were the three terrors of this aerial front Showcase raids like Schweinfurt Regensburg and Ploesti caused terrible losses for temporary results The courage that it took to fly straight and level holding formation through the worst was like something out of Napoleonic warfare standing in ranks to take fire Bomber crews were teams as tightly knit as any on Earth Along with the flying there are stories about leaves around England the traditions of the bases and the devotion of the men to each otherBut the mission was murder Thousands of the bomber boys died in combat and many were grievously wounded or held captive in Nazi POW camps this book does not neglect the POW perspective And point military targets soon shifted to area targets like railyards and factories in German cities and in the last months of the war morale bombings to break the will of the German people a campaign of terror through mass civilian death Miller tries to draw a distinction between the goals of the Eight Air Force and the RAF s city busting campaigns under Bomber Harris but I m not sure the Brits deserve that characterization Area bombing against civilians is a war crime and we can recognize that without the slide into the fallacy that there s no difference between the air campaign and the Holocaust In the end strategic bombing failed in its goal of shorter cleaner wars Attrition moved from the trenches to the skies But the men who flew those missions were a rare breed There are damn few of them left Both my grandfathers served in WW2 one in the Pacific and one was never deployed I m a member of the Commemorative Air Force which keeps a B 17 Sentimental Journey flying This book has deepened my appreciation of airpower the mission and especially the men Paleontology and Paleoenvironments into Germany The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance it was the only battle fought Prayer For Little Things inside the German homelandStrategic bombing did not win the war but the war could not have been won without A Treatise on Time and Space it American airpower destroyed the rail facilities and oil refineries that supplied the German war machine The bombing campaign was a shared enterprise the British flew under the cover of night while American bombers attacked by day a techniue that British commanders thought was suicid. 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The swing music of Glenn Miller's Air Force band which toured US air bases in England But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers In 1943 an American bomber crewman stood only a one in five chance of surviving his tour of duty twenty five missions The Eighth Air Force lost men in the war than the US Marine CorpsThe bomber crews were an elite group of warriors who were a microcosm of America white America anyway African Americans could not serve in the Eighth Air Force except in a support capacity The actor Jimmy Stewart was a bomber boy and so was the King of Hollywood Clark Gable And the air war was filmed by Oscar winning director William Wyler and covered by reporters lik. After sitting on my shelf for a few years I finally decided to read this Having read many books on the 8th AF over the years I was hoping this wouldn t be a rehashing of what I d previously read I m happy to say it wasn tThe book concentrates solely on the bombers of the 8th AF with very little attention paid to the fighters or the other American air forces in Europe although they all do get a little bit of a mention here and there Some units such as the 100th BG get a bit ink than others but that s to be expected not every group can get the same amount of coverage There is a great amount of personal recollections in the book and not just from pilots but from aircrew and groundcrew as wellDesigned to be a force of daylight high altitude precision bombers the 8th went through some very painful growing pains High losses and the unlikely odds of actually completing a combat tour of 25 missions lead to uestions of morale leadership and the very concept of daylight precision bombing All of these topics are discussed in detail and although hindsight is 2020 I feel the author did a good job of presenting things fairly and showing the historical context of the situations There are really good chapters on the POW experience and the issue of 8th AF bombers landing in neutral countries such as Sweden and SwitzerlandA comparison of the British bombing campaign and leadership with that of the Americans is a common thread throughout the book Both sides wished to defeat the Germans but had very different ideas about how to do it The British preferred to bomb by night and they put a fair amount of pressure upon the Americans to join them but the Americans stuck to daylight bombing and in the end received vindication of their effortsThe book concludes with an examination of tactics and results especially those found by the United States Strategic Bombing Survey conducted after the war and from interviews conducted with several high ranking Germans such as Erhard Milch Albert Speer Herman Goering and Adolf GallandA very enjoyable book which gives a good overall picture of the war fought by the bombers of the 8th AF along with a fair amount of detail Definitely worth adding to any aviation or World War II library


10 thoughts on “Masters of the Air America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

  1. says:

    Update May 2017 this book is currently turned in an HBO series produced by Spielberg and Hanks This is an extensive read regarding the guys that were in the 8th air force and helped liberate Europe including my country I was awed by their adventures stories and experiences that they had to endure in order to d

  2. says:

    This book did an impressive job of covering the air war in Europe focusing on the US Eighth Air Force based in England The parts I most enjoyed were the experiences of the bomber crews but he also covered strategic air theory going into the w

  3. says:

    How do we compare this new arena of warfare especially in 1943 to other battles? In 1943 an Eighth Air Force crewman had an 80% chan

  4. says:

    After sitting on my shelf for a few years I finally decided to read this Having read many books on the 8th AF ove

  5. says:

    The losses of men and aircraft and the destruction of cities is incredible Hindsight is of course a wonderful thing but some of the tactical decisions made are troubling

  6. says:

    I read the subtitle of this book and assumed it was a collection of war stories from 8th Air Force crewmen I'm not a huge fan of oral history but decided to give it a shot anyway Wow was I pleasantly surprised It is much muc

  7. says:

    Masters of the Air is an well deserved classic of military history focusing on the Eighth Air Force the United States strategic bombe

  8. says:

    I must admit that I'm having a bit of difficulty in finding the 'right label' for this book mainly because its author tries in my opinion to cov

  9. says:

    I would strongly recommend reading this book only after one has read A Few Good Captains by Dewitt S Copp It certainly dove tails the development of the USAAF into the USAF and shows the many struggles of pilots of all sorts of Aircraft during WW II and their attempt at surviving especially the early days of the war in the ETO I

  10. says:

    Part of the title of this book “bomber boys“ seems a little strange to me It is in a way flippant and dismissive of the men who flew the bombers in Europe in World War II On the other hand the eight or 10 men on each crew were in many cases very young And they apparently had a camaraderie that men in the army on the ground did not have

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