This book is a record of the part the 446th Bombardment Group played in World War II - it is a record of the period that witnessed the growth of the Group from a handful of men who left Tucson, Arizona in April 1943, to the force of over three thousand men who helped end the war in Europe on May 8, 1945. During that time they trained for and participated in the softening up and final smashing of Hitler's Fortress Europe. The pictures and story show the conditions under which the ground and air echelons lived, worked and died.
There were a number of crews fly their missions, complete their tours and return to the states - some, not so fortunate, are buried in foreign soil. They flew and fought hoping that their efforts would shorten the war, save lives and aid their country's cause. The men on the ground - the men behind the planes - also showed great resourcefulness, loyalty and devotion to duty. For every plane the Group put in the sky over Europe there were the cooks, clerks, photographers and a score of others on the ground working to put it there. These men did not receive any of the honor or glory, but the work they did was essential for the success of the Group. This photographic log of the Group is a book to be treasured always. It will help revive memories of eventful days at Denver, the journey overseas, the first mission to Berlin, D-Day, V-E Day and a host of other memorable events that played so vital a part in Group member's lives. You can download this documentation, for free.
The story of the United States Air Force 446th Bomb Group in World War 1939 - 1945
Author: Castens, Edward H.
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