Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine #2020

Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine Barrett Tillman Forgotten Fifteenth The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler s War Machine November May The U S Army Air Forces waged an unprecedentedly dogged and violent campaign against Hitler s vital oil production and industrial plants on the Third Reich s southern flank Flyi

  • Title: Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine
  • Author: Barrett Tillman
  • ISBN: 9781621572084
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine Barrett Tillman November 1943 May 1945 The U.S Army Air Forces waged an unprecedentedly dogged and violent campaign against Hitler s vital oil production and industrial plants on the Third Reich s southern flank Flying from southern Italy, far from the limelight enjoyed by the Eighth Air Force in England, the Fifteenth Air Force engaged in high risk missions spanning most of the EuropeaNovember 1943 May 1945 The U.S Army Air Forces waged an unprecedentedly dogged and violent campaign against Hitler s vital oil production and industrial plants on the Third Reich s southern flank Flying from southern Italy, far from the limelight enjoyed by the Eighth Air Force in England, the Fifteenth Air Force engaged in high risk missions spanning most of the European continent The story of the Fifteenth Air Force deserves a prideful place in the annals of American gallantry.In his new book, Forgotten Fifteenth The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler s War Machine, Tillman brings into focus a seldom seen multinational cast of characters, including pilots from Axis nations Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria and many remarkable individuals They were the first generation of fliers few of them professionals to conduct a strategic bombing campaign against a major industrial nation They suffered steady attrition and occasionally spectacular losses In so doing, they contributed to the end of the most destructive war in history.Forgotten Fifteenth is the first ever detailed account of the Fifteenth Air Force in World War II and the brave men that the history books have abandoned until now Tillman proves this book is a must read for military history enthusiasts, veterans, and current servicemen.
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    1. I enjoyed Mr Tillman s look at the Forgotten Air Force The author gives us the history of the 15th from its formation out of units of Jimmy Doolittle s 12th AF in November 1943 through to the end of the war While the main focus of the book is on the heavy bomber units and their supporting fighter groups, Mr Tillman also gives the story of the specialized units the photo recon, weather groups as well as those that supported the special ops forces.In telling the story, I thought Mr Tillman made g [...]

    2. Author Tillman claims that his book is the firstfull length history of the Forgotten Fifteenth andsets off to prove it in a compact 270 pages He packs in a lot of information, mixing the highlevel perspective with up close and personal stories,from the men in command to the mechanics on theground The chapters are short, and divided intoshorter sections, making for quick reading, easy topick up and read a bit The iconic image of the Fifteenth even if youweren t aware it was the Fifteenth is forev [...]

    3. This is a comprehensive history of the 15th Air Force and it read like a comprehensive history with the author trying to list every detail down to the minutia in a chronological order wherever possible However, I happen to appreciate minutia All in all, I really liked the book and I am thankful that Barrett Tillmen performed all the detailed research to carefully preserve the true history of the 15th This is a good book The 15th was created because the Allied Air Command thought that they could [...]

    4. It seems as if the efforts of the 15th Air Force in World War II have mostly been viewed as a sideshow to the main attraction which was the 8th Air Force But that was just not true and Barrett Tillman has come through once again with a great book on a seemingly unknown subject like he did with the Battle of the Philippine Sea.The role of the 15th was to cripple Germany s oil production in the Balkans, along with hitting vital targets in Europe which the 8th couldn t hit While they didn t have th [...]

    5. This book covers the story and exploits of the 15th AAF in World War II from its inception and duration during the long campaign based out of southern Italy I took particular interest as my dad served with the 15th as a support machinist for the aircraft launching their missions into southern Europe The relentless bombing particularly of the Ploesti oil refineries as it turned out though taking a great toll on these men and machines became a deciding factor in bringing a halt to Hitler s Wermach [...]

    6. Including the Prologue, Tillman gives us 286 pages of text, making this one of the concise WWII history books around He accomplished this by omitting the chit chat and filler prose which makes so many non fiction books readable Here we have just the facts, and that is enough to make for engaging reading.Far from a litany of bombing runs, this effort includes many personal stories plus information on non combat flying The weather service, for instance, and a successful effort to transport downe [...]

    7. Many movies and books have heralded the 8th air force based from England Primarily because they supported D Day and all the intrigue that surrounded that amazing feat But as the titles alludes, the Forgotten Fifteenth flying from Foggia, Italy across southern Germany and the Mediterranean flew extremely tough, hard fought missions to mainly stop oil productions from Romania, Hungary, Austria, and southern Germany Sometimes the book can be a little dry and hard to keep who is who in order, but ov [...]

    8. I read this book to gain background knowledge of my grandfather s experiences during the war as a ball turret gunner on a B 24 and by some huge coincidence this book includes commentary from one of his crewmembers on a mission where their plane crash landed I even have my grandfather s perspective on the same mission in his journal A , blew my mind, would recommend.

    9. Excellent book on a forgotten air force While the Mighty 8th got a majority of the attention and first rate supplies the Fifteenth had to make due while conducting just as important and harrowing missions The author does a good job blending the history with the first hand accounts Some pictures would have been nice but still a good publication.

    10. Very personal book for me my father flew in the 15th AAF during WWII and any account of those young men s lives through that period hits close to home Well researched and written.

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