Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Although Yanks Over Europe is a study of the written record, of how American flyers of the Eighth and Fifteenth Air Forces composed their memoirs of flying from England and the Mediterranean to fight the Axis powers in World War II, several veterans of this conflict have...

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Introduction. Vets

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pp. 1-10

The planes are still with us, flying into regional airports across the United States every summer. Sometimes it's for an air show, where they take their place among the fragile biplanes of an earlier era and the supersonic fighters here for a dazzling display of military...

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Chapter 1. Eagles

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pp. 11-40

There were not many of them, these American pilots who were the first of their countrymen to fly combat missions from England during World War 11-far less than even "the few" Winston Churchill memorialized as his country's saviors in the Battle of Britain, a...

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Chapter 2. Fighter Jocks

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pp. 41-70

At the end of September 1942-after nearly two years as members of the RAF-the Eagle squadrons not only joined the United States Army Air Force but became the nucleus of what would become its key pursuit unit, the Fourth Fighter Group. The legacy these...

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Chapter 3. Bombers

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pp. 71-98

Bombers make frequent appearances in fighter pilot stories, but almost always as planes going down. It is never a pretty sight, . but the observer still feels compelled to note what happens, such as when a direct hit from flak takes out a B-17 over Rennes. In...

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Chapter 4. Mediterranean Theater

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pp. 99-126

Based on the way flyers experienced it, the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) might have been part of a different war. Sometimes, especially near the end, objectives would be the same, and occasionally a squadron from the Fifteenth Air Force heading...

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Conclusion. Victims

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pp. 127-138

A signal contribution of strategic air warfare is that it can be fought without directly facing the enemy. There are victims of such strategy, of course, but they are not engaged in their personhood. No fighter ace ever listed his bag of kills as so many German pilots...

Bibliography

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pp. 139-142

Index

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pp. 143-148