B-17 Flying Fortress of the MTO
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B-17 Flying Fortress of the MTO by William N. Hess
Book DescriptionAlthough the Fifteenth Air Force was dismissed as "minor leaguers" by the Eighth Air Force, strategic bombers from this outfit had done a "major league" job on axis targets in southern Europe following its formation in Italy in 1943. And the heavy bombers employed by the Fifteenth were of course the venerable B-17 and B-24. At its peak strength, the Fifteenth's B-17 force comprised six groups of four squadrons each, all controlled by the 5th Bomb Wing. Having been a part of the Fifteenth Air Force in 1944, author Bill Hess provides an account of "his air force".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841765808
(248mm x 184mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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49th Fighter Group, Paperback (August 2004)
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Down to Earth Strafing Aces of the Eighth Air Force, Paperback (April 2003)
This title covers the Eighth Air Force, which was the only fighting arm in World War II to give ground skills the same classification as aerial victories. It shows just how important a document Down to Earth was to the teaching of tyro fighter pilots.
354th Fighter Group, Paperback (March 2002)» View all books by William N. Hess
An insight into the career of the 354th FG or "Pioneer Mustang Group", the group responsible for debuting the Merlin-engined P-51B in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) in December 1943.
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Author Biography - William N. Hess
William Hess is the official historian for the American Fighter Aces Association, and is one of the most highly respected aviation writers of his generation. A B-17 crewman during World War 2, Hess has written over 40 books during his long and distinguished career. This is his third title for Osprey. Mark Styling has illustrated several books in both the Aircraft of the Aces and Combat Aircraft series. He has recently switched mediums from airbrush to Mac art, and has produced some of the best profiles Osprey has used to date in Combat Aircraft 18: 'B-17 Flying Fortress Units of the Eighth Air Force' (part I) and Combat Aircraft 22: 'Mitsubishi Type I Rikko Betty Units of World War 2'.
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