Bombing Europe The Illustrated Exploits of the Fifteenth Air Force

Bombing Europe by Kevin Mahoney

The Illustrated Exploits of the Fifteenth Air Force

Format: Hardcover Book , 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760348154
Publisher: Zenith Press
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Get the complete story of one of the most ambitious aerial campaigns in history--the bombing of Europe under the Axis powers--illustrated with over 200 compelling photos.

Created in November 1943, the Fifteenth Air Force was the direct descendant of the American Ninth and Twelfth Air Forces that had fought in the Mediterranean since the summer of 1942. Its force included 210 B-17 Flying Fortress and 90 B-24 Liberator bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, and P-51 Mustang fighters. They took the air battle against the Axis to areas Allied bombers based in England could not reach: southern Germany, Austria, eastern Europe, and the Balkans. Their reach in the Balkans included the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, vital to Germany's war effort. Its crews fought the weather, as well as the enemy, by flying over the Alps to reach many of their targets and made a significant contribution to the victory over the Axis powers and Nazi Germany.

Although enemy fighter planes were a major menace during the first nine months of the Fifteenth's air war, ubiquitous antiaircraft fire, called flak, also took a toll on American bombers throughout the campaign. This book tells the story of the brave airmen who bombed the majority of Europe in an effort to win the war.

Kevin A. Mahoney has researched and written books and articles about twentieth-century military history for more than twenty years, including Fifteenth Air Force against the Axis and Formidable Enemies (Presidio Press, 2001), a book about the Korean War. He edited and contributed to In Pursuit of Justice and 1945: The Year of Liberation, published by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and wrote the script for the museum's interactive exhibition "Witness to History." His work has also appeared in Military Heritage magazine and Military Illustrated.
Format: Hardcover Book , 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760348154
Illustrations: 200 b/w photos
Size: 11 in x 9.625 in / 279 mm x 244 mm
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"This is the book the Fighting Fifteenth has long deserved, bringing forward in stirring prose and vivid images the immense contribution it made to victory in Europe." - Donald L. Miller, Author of Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

"Mahoney is more than familiar with the history of the Fifteenth and is accomplished as an author so Bombing Europe is no archetypal history book. Instead, it is a concise history laden with trials and tribulations of the aircrews and generously stocked with images. The text relates the thinking and the context of the events while the photos bring these events jumping off the book's pages. Bombing Europe is long overdue... this book tells their story and what a story it is." - Seattle Post Intelligencer, Travel for Aircraft blog

"Zenith Press has delivered yet another stunning book with Bombing Europe. For me, this book was quite moving. These are stories that you can't make up. Incredible tales and they (soldiers) are tough as nails to have made it through - Cascade Warbirds

"This is the book the Fighting Fifteenth has long deserved, bringing forward in stirring prose and vivid images the immense contribution it made to victory in Europe - Donald L. Miller, Author of Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

"Mahoney is more than familiar with the history of the Fifteenth and is accomplished as an author so Bombing Europe is no archetypal history book. Instead, it is a concise history laden with trials and tribulations of the aircrews and generously stocked with images. The text relates the thinking and the context of the events while the photos bring these events jumping off the book's pages. Bombing Europe is long overdue... this book tells their story and what a story it is - Seattle Post Intelligencer, Travel for Aircraft blog

"Get the complete story of one of the most ambitious aerial campaigns in history – the bombing of Europe under the Axis powers – illustrated with over 200 compelling photos." - WarHistoryOnline.com