This book covers the bases used during the Second World War by the American fighter units that flew in support of the 8th Air Force’s heavy bomber forces.
The long-range Lightnings, Thunderbolts and Mustangs escorted the Mighty Eighth’s Flying Fortresses and Liberators on their deep penetration raids into occupied Europe and Germany. Fighter cover was vital, since the USAAF flew daylight raids and in the early months the number of US aircraft lost to the defending Luftwuffe fighters was unacceptably high.
The airfields included are Bodney, Bottisham, Boxted, Debden, Duxford, East Wretham, Fowlmere, Halesworth, Honington, Horsham St. Faith, King’s Cliffe, Leiston, Martlesham Heath, Raydon, Steeple Morden, Wattisham and Wormingford.
This book looks at the history and personalities associated with each base, what remains today and explores the favorite local wartime haunts where aircrew and ground crew would have sought well-deserved entertainment and relaxation. Other museums and places that are relevant will also be described and general directions on how to get them included.
About the Author
Martin Bowman is one of Britain’s foremost aviation historians and has written many books and articles. He lives in Norwich.