By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
Gregory Fremont-Barnes examines the lives of the yankee Bomber Crewmen of the 8th Air strength, "The robust Eighth", who crewed, maintained and repaired the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and the B-24 Liberators that flew from the airfields of Norfolk and Suffolk and different counties of britain in the course of international battle II (1939-1945). He highlights the actual and mental pressure put on those courageous males. lengthy bombing missions referred to as for brute power to manage the plane and notable persistence to fly for hours at 20,000 toes at temperatures less than freezing in unheated, unpressurized cabins. Then there have been Luftwaffe combatants and anti-aircraft hearth to take care of and it required extraordinary ability and a few good fortune to come from a undertaking unscathed. This ebook is a becoming tribute to those frequently uncelebrated heroes who took the warfare deep into the 3rd Reich, in addition to a desirable historic account of the reviews they went via.
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In any event, many airmen believed maintaining a steady course was the best option, for it provided the gunners with the best chance of hitting their targets. Sergeant Richard Grimm, a 19-year-old radioman from Pittsburgh, described the attack of an Fw 190: He was coming in at 5 o’clock high, and he saw that there was no firing from the tail. I know because he dropped his flaps and took a long slow pursuit curve at us. He was taking his time and was going to come right in and get us. I gave him two short bursts at practically zero deflection and hit him with both of them.
He was taking his time and was going to come right in and get us. I gave him two short bursts at practically zero deflection and hit him with both of them. I could see things fly off, but he kept coming. I kept the trigger down, and he blew all to hell, like dust in the air. I wondered, did I hit his fuel and 20mm shells? B-17 DORSAL GUNNER IN COMBAT As bombers were open in the waist positions of the fuselage in order for the gunners to fire their machine guns, the temperatures at 30,000–32,000ft ranged between 40 and 70 degrees below zero.
Mitchell B-26 bombers over North Africa. After take-off the aircraft assumed formation, as shown here. Maintaining one’s correct position was critical, for there was no way of slowing down a wayward bomber short of reducing power, and a mid-air collision could be fatal to both aircraft concerned. Bomber pilots generally brought their aircraft to an elevation of about 25,000–30,000ft, though over northern Europe in winter radical sub-zero temperatures caused ice to form on the wings. com When a green light was flashed from the flying control van parked off the head of the runway, the pilot of the lead plane released his brakes and the long process of bringing the formation into the air began, each co-pilot advancing all throttles for maximum power.