Sweatin' Out the Mission

Sweatin' Out the Mission : 8th Air Force Ground Support in World War Two

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For every bomber with ten crew members, it took a further 30 people on the ground to get it into and keep it in the air, and that was just engineering and ground crew. A multitude of other support staff were required to run every base, meaning around 70 per cent of USAAF service personnel were based on the ground. Where combat crews would finish missions and return home quickly, ground crews were there for the long haul. It was these workers who formed the strongest links with the British people and their work ranged from recording the weather, servicing the transport, guarding the base, cooking the meals, administering to the spiritual needs of the men and even dealing with colleagues' remains after unsuccessful missions. After the war these people melted into civilian life and have been largely forgotten. Malcolm Holland has compiled interviews with as many of them as possible and this book reveals both their stories as well as an insight into a working bomber base.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 170 x 246 x 18mm | 580.6g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 075245708X
  • 9780752457086
  • 1,497,299

About Malcolm Holland

MALCOLM HOLLAND has long held a fascination with the 8th Air Force, stemming from stories told by his grandfather, who was based with them in Essex. He has been compiling interviews with as many ground crew veterans as possible for this book. An engineer and railway mechanic by trade, with an interest in the archaeology of airfield sites, he is a member of the Broad Town archaeology Project and live sin Wiltshire. This is his first book.show more