The Boeing B-17 has come to epitomise the American war effort in Europe during World War II (1939-1945), the huge four-engined heavy day bomber taking the fight to Germany from the late summer of 1942 through to VE-Day. The primary operator of the Flying Fortress in Western Europe was the 'Mighty Eighth'. This volume, which is the first of two dealing exclusively with the 'Mighty Eighth', covers the 15 Bomb Groups of the First Air Division, each of which controlled four squadrons. The evolution of the force is traced through first-hand accounts of those individuals that took part in the action.
About the Author
Martin Bowman's interest in World War II and contemporary British and US aviation was fired by the proliferation of US and RAF air bases in his native East Anglia. His quest has taken him to 18 countries, including the USA, Africa, Australia and Russia. He has flown into the world's war zones of Mogadishu, Somalia and Bosnia, and has participated in German and USAFE missions aboard C-160 and C-130 Hercules aircraft. He is the author of sixty aviation books about US Air Force/US Navy and Royal Navy/RAF operations, as well as photographic books on military subjects and commercial airliners. For many years he has been a frequent contributor of photographic and written articles to Flight International, Rolls-Royce Magazine and Aeroplane Monthly in Britain, and to Air Combat, Air Classics and Air Progress in the United States. He continues to explore all matters related to aviation and has suffered, for his art -- on one occasion, notably, he was catapulted from the USS John F Kennedy in the Mediterranean. Recently, he was appointed as an official researcher for DERA. He lives in Norwich, Norfolk.
Mark Styling has previously written Aircraft of the Aces 8 - "Corsair Aces of World War 2," He has been researching the B-26 Marauder for more than 15 years, and in that time has unearthed a wealth of new information and photographs. Styling has illustrated many titles for Osprey including the Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Elite Units series since 1994. Now based in Bridport, Dorset, he creates accurate illustrations of any chosen aircraft type. He produces some of the best artwork available to Osprey. The author lives in Dorset, UK.