Coffey, Thomas M.
Title DECISION OVER SCHWEINFURT: THE U.S. 8th AIR FORCE BATTLE FOR DAYLIGHT BOMBING.
Publisher David McKay, New York, 1977, book club edition.
Seller ID 24015
341 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, map. "(D)escribes moment by moment (the) August 17, 1943 raid as well as the second Schweinfurt mission, October 14, 1943 - the two most savage battles in the history of air warfare. It also describes day by day the lives and deaths of the men on both sides who faced each other not only in these but in other epic battles. Yet (this) is more than the story of the two famous Schweinfurt missions: it is also the story of the development of the U.S. 8th Air Force in England, and the most crucial combat tests of the American daylight precision bombing strategy. Citing hundreds of previously unpublished documents, the book reveals for the first time the full struggle to establish this daring American strategy against the conviction of many authoritative people that it would not work. These people included British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, all his air experts, and many generals and admirals in the U.S. Army and Navy. American and British strategists were arguing this issue when, in February, 1942, Brig, Gen. Ira C. Eaker and his staff arrived in England to create the 8th Bomber Command. When Eaker launched the first great Schweinfurt mission eighteen months later, the matter was still undecided. Could the B-17s battle their way through the waves of Luftwaffe fighters and destroy the Schweinfurt factories? Or would the bombers be turned back, exposing the American Air Forces strategy as a dismal failure? This was the issue that produced the crucial decision over Schweinfurt." Slight bump at corners of boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small bump at top edge of rear board and very small bump at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has wrinkling and light wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear, slight browning to spine and flap-folds. Good+/Good+