Author(s): Gerald Astor
In the skies of World War II Europe, the Eighth Air Force was a defining factor in turning the tide against the Nazis. In these gripping oral histories, the sacrifice of the 'Mighty Eighth' is described by those who experienced it. At the outbreak of World War II, America was woefully unprepared for a fight, though Europe was already years into the battle. Soon, though, America's war machine was rolling out pilots, engineers planes and materials in astounding numbers. It was called the Eighth Air Force - and it would hit the Nazi juggernaut like a lightning bolt.
"Great reading."--Stephen Ambrose "Bold, brawny, epic in scope...Astor captures the fire and passion of these tens of thousands of U.S. airmen who flew through the inferno that was the bomber war over Europe."--Stephen Coonts
Gerald Astor was a World War II veteran and award-winning journalist and historian whose articles have appeared in the"New York Times," "Playboy," and "Esquire.""