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ACE 051 ‘Down to Earth’ Strafing Aces of the Eighth Air Force

ACE 051 ‘Down to Earth’ Strafing Aces of the Eighth Air Force
Autor: William N. Hess
Data publikacji: 2003-04-20
ISBN: 9781841764375
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 96
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’Like The Long Reach, Down to Earth is a message from the battle at its height, told in their own words by the men who fight’ - this is how Brig-Gen Francis Griswold, VIII Fighter Command, ends his introduction to this book. His official endorsement reveals just how important a document Down to Earth was to the teaching of tyro fighter pilots heading for action in the ETO. More leading aces were lost to flak whilst ground strafing than to German fighters, yet the task of low-level attack continued to be a vital mission for all fighter groups in the ETO. Indeed, so dangerous was this mission that the Eighth Air Force deemed that ground kills would be given equal accreditation to aerial victories. As with The Long Reach, book compiler William Hess has included biographies of all the pilots that originally contributed to this work back in 1943-44. Finally, colour profiles of the aircraft flown by these men will be included wherever possible.

William N. Hess is the official historian for the American Fighter Aces Association, and is one of the most highly respected aviation writers of his generation. A B-17 crewman during World War 2, Hess has written over 40 books during his long and distinguished career.

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