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V111 Fighter Command At War the Long Reach

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Publisher Comments:

This volume focuses on the little known official Army Air Force report commissioned by the Eighth Air Force's VIII Fighter Command (FC) in May 1944. The detailed document chronicled the experiences of 24 pilots who had seen extensive service in the frontline escorting B-17s and B-24s on daylight raids deep into Germany. Briefed to provide a candid report on combat flying that could be used as a teaching 'manual' for potential fighter pilots, the VIII FC veterans openly discuss their secrets to success, and survival in the deadly skies over occupied Europe. Exactly half of those pilots who contributed to The Long Reach subsequently achieved ace status.

Synopsis:

This volume focuses on a previously unpublished USAAF report commissioned in May 1944. In the detailed document entitled "The Long Reach, " 24 pilots who had seen extensive action escorting B-17s and B-24s on daylight raids deep into Germany candidly discussed their secrets to success — and survival — in the deadly skies over occupied Europe. The report was used as a text on combat flying for fighter pilots in training.

The resulting first-hand accounts provide a tremendous wealth of information that has never before been seen in print, and which was written at the time of the war. Twenty-six original artworks, specially commissioned for this volume, include scale drawings of the P-38s, P47s, and P-51s flown by the pilots interviewed. Archival black-and-white photos were uncovered in private collections around the globe.

About the Author

Michael OLeary possesses one of the most extensive private archival libraries of wartime images relating to American combat aircraft, and has written/photographed over a dozen books for Osprey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781855329072
Author:
O'Leary, Michael
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing (UK)
Author:
O'Leary, Michael
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Military-Aviation History
Subject:
Osprey
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Osprey aircraft of the aces ;
Series Volume:
105-55031
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
9.75x7.29x.38 in. .97 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Europe » Aviation
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"Synopsis" by , This volume focuses on a previously unpublished USAAF report commissioned in May 1944. In the detailed document entitled "The Long Reach, " 24 pilots who had seen extensive action escorting B-17s and B-24s on daylight raids deep into Germany candidly discussed their secrets to success — and survival — in the deadly skies over occupied Europe. The report was used as a text on combat flying for fighter pilots in training.

The resulting first-hand accounts provide a tremendous wealth of information that has never before been seen in print, and which was written at the time of the war. Twenty-six original artworks, specially commissioned for this volume, include scale drawings of the P-38s, P47s, and P-51s flown by the pilots interviewed. Archival black-and-white photos were uncovered in private collections around the globe.

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