Decision Over Schweinfurt: The U.S. 8th Air Force Battle for Daylight Bombing
D. Mckay Company, 1977 - Schweinfurt (Germany) - 373 pages
An interesting book about the development of the U.S. 8th Air Force in England and the combat air raids on the German ball-bearing plants by U.S. forces during the height of World War II. This August 17th,1943 raid is described moment-by- moment.
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