'Down to Earth' Strafing Aces of the Eighth Air Force by William N Hess, Chris Davey

By William N Hess, Chris Davey

'Like The lengthy achieve, right down to Earth is a message from the conflict at its peak, advised of their personal phrases by way of the boys who struggle' - this is often how Brig-Gen Francis Griswold, VIII Fighter Command, ends his advent to this e-book. His respectable endorsement unearths simply how vital a rfile right down to Earth was once to the instructing of tyro fighter pilots heading for motion within the ETO. extra prime aces have been misplaced to flak when flooring strafing than to German opponents. during this ebook William Hess has integrated biographies of all of the pilots that initially contributed to this paintings again in 1943-44.

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