By Ron MacKay, Don Greer
The 20 th Fighter workforce joined the eighth Air strength Command in Dec of '43, flying the P-38 in lengthy variety bomber escort position. the gang later switched over to the P-51 in July of '44. the gang destroyed a complete of 449 enemy airplane in the course of its wrestle journey. Over a hundred and fifty photographs, eight pages of colour, eighty pages
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Unfortunately for the VIII Bomber Command, the first six 943 were literally made to order for the German reorganization and marshaling of forces. The VIII's attacks were too infrequent, and they were insufficient in strength, to overwhelm the powerful and resilient German defense sys- months of 1 tem. By their very nature the attacks enabled the Germans to perfect their daylight defensive system, to eliminate weaknesses, and to exploit their strength to the utmost. could We not have assisted the Luftwaffe in its defensive planning and preparations more than we did.
This failed to provide the attacker with firepower sufficient to destroy the B-17, with its outstanding structural strength, for the German pilots estimated that at least twenty to twenty-five hits with 20-mm. cannon shells were needed to bring down a Fortress. In their first interceptions of the American heavy bombers, the Luftwaffe pilots followed their customary tactics of closing from the rear. Experience quickly taught them that this was begging for trouble. Against a formation of only 27 Fortresses, the fighters had to close with slow speed and must face the tremendous defensive array of no less than 200 heavy-caliber machine guns which would open fire at a distance of 1,000 yards.
Then came Schweinfurt, on October 14. October 8, Bremen and Vegesack. Mission 115 begins in subdued fashion, invisible to the The scene is Pinetree, General F. L. Anderson's headquarters for the VIII Bomber Command at High Wycombe, and more specifically, in a square, large room with a high ceiling buried beneath thirty feet of reinforced concrete. Here five officers sit around a large table at what is outside world. 39 BLACK THURSDAY 40 known as the Dafly Operations Conference. On the table there are thick sheafs of paper, charts and graphs, maps, photographs, messages, and scribbled notes.
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