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Double Strike. the Epic Air Raids on Regensburg-Schweinfurt August 17, 1943.

Jablonski, Edward

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ISBN 10: 0385075405 / ISBN 13: 9780385075404
Published by Doubleday & Company, Garden City, 1974
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Xvi, 271 pages, 8 plates, cloth, DJ, very good. From Wikipedia: "he Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission was an air combat battle in World War II. A strategic bombing attack flown by B-17 Flying Fortresses of the U. S. Army Air Forces on August 17, 1943, it was conceived as an ambitious plan to cripple the German aircraft industry. The mission was also known as the "double-strike mission" because it entailed two large forces of bombers attacking separate targets in order to disperse fighter reaction by the Luftwaffe, and was the first "shuttle" mission, in which all or part of a mission landed at a different field and later bombed another target returning to its base. After being postponed several times by unfavorable weather, the operation, known within the Eighth Air Force as "Mission No. 84", was flown on the anniversary of the first daylight raid by the Eighth Air Force. Mission No. 1 had only been a shallow penetration of France by 12 bombers of a single bombardment group well-protected by escort fighters to attack the Rouen-Sotteville railroad yard. Mission No. 84 marked the anniversary with a strike by 376 bombers of sixteen bomb groups against German heavy industry well beyond the range of escorting fighters. The mission inflicted heavy damage on the Regensburg target, but at catastrophic loss to the force, with 60 bombers lost and many more damaged beyond economical repair. As a result, the Eighth Air Force was unable to follow up immediately with a second attack that might have seriously crippled German industry. When Schweinfurt was finally attacked again two months later, the lack of long-range fighter escort had still not been addressed and losses were even higher. As a consequence, deep penetration strategic bombing was curtailed for five months." ; 271 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 32996

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Title: Double Strike. the Epic Air Raids on ...

Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Garden City

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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This book is about the 1943 mission to Regensburg and Schweimfurt. This mission neither truly failed nor succeeded. The Germans failed to stop the American bombers, though they did destroy many of them. Regensburg-Schweinfurt was the bloodiest and most savagely fought air battle of the war up to that time. Many pictures are included in this book of account of the "Double Strike.'

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