By Robert A Watkins
Depending seriously upon visuals, conflict shades fills a protracted status void within the annals of the 8th Air strength in the course of international conflict II. This quantity makes a speciality of all forty-eight Bomb teams comprising the 8th and lines colour illustrations depicting the evolution of all fuselage, wing and tail markings assigned to the person devices. info about the right dimension, placement, colour and configuration of all tactical markings of U.S. Bomber Command are addressed. staff and squadron strive against insignia in addition to airfield position maps for every unit also are depicted. All bombardment devices integrated in the 8th are listed and simply cross-referenced via squadron, staff, wing and department assignments. also, all significant parts comprising the 8th were equipped into speedy reference organizational circulation charts that convey the particular order-of-battle for the "Mighty Eighth." This ebook is a useful software for an individual with an curiosity within the historical past of the U.S. 8th Air strength in international conflict II.
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Battle Colors: Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the Eighth Air Force in World War II: Vol.1 (VIII) Bomber Command by Robert A Watkins