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The U.S. Army Air Forres' Official Story o f the VIII Bomber Command's First Year over Europe. 1. MISSION 95. The complete story o f atypical late-stage attack on Germany by the VIII Bomber Comm and, from the first decision to send out the mission until the last strike photo is pulled that night. 2. FROM FIVE MILE SUP. The history, told in terms any layman can understand, of the conception and development o f American high-altitude precision bombing. This chapter sets the scene for our entire operation in the European theater, telling why we tried to do what we tried to do. 3. ACT 1, S C E N ^1. The story of the early days. The arrival o f General Eaker as Bomber Commander in England. The “symbolic” raid o f July 4th. “Arrival o f aircraft: I B-I7-E. Total :1.” The first kindergarten missions. 4. LUFTWAFFE OVER LILLE. The official and eyewitness accounts o four first major air battle, as the American spearhead and the massed strength o f the Luftwaffe collide over Lille. The claims problem and how it was out.worked The amazing durability of the Forts. An Air-Sea rescue. 5. TWELVE FEET O F CON CRETE. We hammer the submarine pens at La Pallice. Lorient, St.and Nazaire. Formation of“ Ju ion r"— the 12th Air Force. The medium- level raid. The Nazis move in their best fighters and best flak. How we kept changing our tac­tics, modifying our plans. ’“You always get good trouble o'ct St. N azaire.” Operational *anecdotes. 6. PARLOUS DAYS. Station life from Nov­ember '42 to the Casablanca conference in January. Restricted operations and why. What it's like to lunch at London one day and abe human target five miles up over France next morning. The problem o f “the full breakfast table.” Casablanca and the questions on which the future o f the VIII Bomber Command depended. 7. TAR GET: GERMANY. We join the RAF in the Battle o f Germany. First attacks against port installations and marshaling yards. Ren­ nes, Vegesack, Bremen. Story o f the Southern Comfort. The first deep penetration attack. Jack Mathis' last flight. Wt: 28068. BATTLES IN THE SKY. The Southern Comfort again—“ I could see one o f them wear­ing my bathrobe.” The attack on the Renault factories. AWing Commander’s informal notes on one sortie. Bremen—and the most vicious lighter concentration yet encountered. One navigator's story. How a ball-turret gunner won the Congressional Medal o f Honor. 9. MEN ,MUD, AND MACHINES. What it takes to build an airbase. One enemy the engineers can’t arm themselves against. Why it takes some 75,000 men to put 500 heavy bombers ove x an enemy target. The job o f the Army Serv.X ?^si^s and the Air Service Com­mand. Believe-u=*0 ^t figures that are facts. 10. THE OLD O N E-TW j.O ..v defense network against our air attack. Air-*. .air bombing and rocket guns fail to stop the Forts. The air battles from the destruction of the Focke-W ulf plant at Bremen on May 17, to the end of the “first phase” of the bombing offensive on July 1st. We triple our size and expand our tactics almost overnight. A Ser­geant Gunner’s diary. Tactical deception. 11. THE LOGO F THE LIBERATORS. The story o f the Liberators in the European theater. A freak accident. A Lib pilot describes Kiel. The attack on Ploesti oilfields. “Those German fighters used non-habit-form ing tac­tics!” Summing up o f the attack. 12. FULL STRIDE. Operations from July 1 to the time this manuscript went to press. The cyclonic air battles o f july. “Blitz week.” The omen f the Happy Daze. Story o f grim fortitude. The Thunderbolts. The “intruder” Flying Fortress. Freak accidents. August 17th over Regensburg—one year to the day after the VIII Bomber Command had started opera­tions over Europe—when the sky was cluttered with falling planes and bodies. Eyewitness stories. "Each second o f time had a cannon shell in it." 13. THE SUMMING UP. What the year over E’-on e had proved. An inventory o f achieve-r "'*»he immediate future holds the< S f\j- ° f Germ any, her war•' 1°204S, "future :forging /its part in the S.O .Code N"o. 59-78*
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