'Down to Earth' Strafing Aces of the Eighth Air Force Paperback – Apr 20 2003
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About the Author
William N Hess is the official historian for the American Fighter Aces Association, and is one of the most highly respected aviation writers of his generation. A B-17 crewman during World War 2, Hess has written over 40 books during his long and distinguished career.
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Maj Gen William F. Kepner firmly believed in taking the offensive, but it was to be several months after he took over VIII Fighter Command in August 1943 that he was able to put his principles into practice because of a shortage of aircraft. Read the first page
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As they did with their treatment of the 5th Air Force "Twelve to One" volume, Osprey Publishing and noted author William Hess have resurrected the 8th AF study, added mini-biographies of strafer aces such as John Landers, Jim Goodson and Elwyn Righetti along with dozens of photos and nine pages of color profiles to produce a comprehensive tribute to those pilots.
Years ago the reviewer met Archie Tower, a 339th FG strafer ace with 18 ground kills to his credit. Despite endless cajoling, "Flak" Tower steadfastly declined to talk about his wartime missions. Now, in Osprey's book, the reader can revisit, if only briefly, those daring and deadly missions flown by 8th AF strafer aces against Luftwaffe airfields in the closing years of the war. Recommended!