The first title in the Elite Units series to deal with an American bombardment group, this title focuses on the 303rd BG, dubbed the 'Hells Angels.' One of the very first B-17 units assigned to the newly created Eighth Air Force in England in September 1942, the 303rd was in the vanguard of the daylight bombing campaign through to VE-Day. Awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation in January 1944, the 303rd also had two of its aircrewmen presented with the Medal of Honor, Americas ultimate military decoration. Brian O Neill brings the group's colourful combat history to life with a mix of first-hand accounts, raw statistics and concise mission narrative.
About the Author
Brian O'Neill, B.A. (Hons), MAPS is co-director of the Illawarra Gestalt Centre, past president of AAGT and on the editorial boards of the Gestalt Review and Studies in Gestalt. He has published on field theory, relationship therapy and edited the text Community. Psychotherapy and Life Focus: A Gestalt Anthology of the History, Theory and Practice of Living in Community (Ravenwood Press). He has collaborated with his wife Jenny in writing on gestalt couples therapy and the use of group in training and they have been training and supervising therapists for many years both in Australia and internationally. Brian is currently a senior fellow in mental health at the University of Wollongong and Clinical Director for Lives Lived Well, a state wide service working with substance misuse and also youth mental health across Queensland. As well as bringing gestalt therapy to the relationship field, he has worked extensively in Drug and Alcohol (was Head of the NSW State Drug Treatment Unit), and Mental Health (awarded the Australia and New Zealand Gold Medal for mental health achievement by the Governor General, Sir William Deane)
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.