Item description for 8TH AIR FORCE: American Heavy Bomber Groups in England 1942-1945 by Gregory Pons...
America's strategy for complete victory over Nazi Germany called for the utter destruction of major its major industrial areas. These raids were carried out as early as 1942 by hundreds of heavy bombers from the US 8th Air Force, based in England.The descriptions of combat missions flown by B-17 crews over occupied Europe and the Reich are illustrated with official and private pictures taken from the personal albums of pilots, crew members, mechanics and Air Force photographers.Gregory Pons is one of the leading European experts on American military aviation in World War II. He has contributed several articles to the French Militaria Magazine and has been collecting Air Force memorabilia and photo-albums for over twenty years.The book contains hundreds of large format period pictures of actual missions, planes and crews; as well as personal mementoes and reproductions from servicemen's scrapbooks.There are color plates of all the famous aircraft and their colorful livery (including nose art) together with full-color reenactment shots of the aircrew allowing for all the details of their flying clothing and equipment to be seen in extreme detail. REVIEWS "...a fantastic photo album..."Armorama 11/2006
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 12.5" Weight: 3.25 lbs.
Publisher Histoire and Collections
ISBN 2915239827 ISBN13 9782915239829
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More About Gregory Pons
Journalist specialised in luxury, clock making and well liveness-subjects. GREGORY PONS has collaborated to numerous publications such as Le Monde and L'Express. He is also a collector of watches, shoes and luggages.
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Mighty Eighth Scrapbook! Feb 7, 2007
Interest in the 8th Air Force never seems to diminish. This volume from the French publishing firm Historie & Collections provides a largely visual look at the "Mighty Eighth" at war.
Author Gregory Pons relates the experiences of a dozen 8th Air Force pilots, gunners, bombardiers, navigators and mechanics assigned to different Bomb Groups. The experiences of each individual are presented through their combat diaries, letters home, flight records, hometown newspaper articles, various memorabilia and photographs. The history of that person's bomb group is included along with pages of photographs of group aircraft and aircrew, color profiles of group aircraft by Nicolas Gobin and color photographs of re-enactors wearing 8th Air Force garb.
8TH AIR FORCE is a treat for the eyes - tons of nicely reproduced photographs plus Gobin's marvelous artwork! If you are looking for a visual record of the Mighty Eighth, this book fills the bill nicely. Unfortunately you never get to know the men and women featured in this book as living human beings; the personal material included simply doesn't bring them to life in any way, shape or form.
All in all, one great photo album!
I like this book Aug 10, 2006
If I was going to visit a WW2 AAF vet and wanted something to get him talking, this is the book I would bring. If he was an 8th AAF I know I would never get it out of his hands. It's a really nice book.
If I was an AAF vet, this is the book I would buy my kids to show them what the war was like.
It's hardcover (not paperback as this site says) and is gorgeously laid out with a pile of black and white, and color photos and drawings. It finds a very nice balance between covering various elements and aircraft types, uniforms, and equipment, as well as just plain old day to life of the airmen. It is not a full history of the air war- there are far too many of those already available.
Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in this subject. Top notch production values.