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America's Mighty Eighth Air Force

America's Mighty Eighth Air Force

By Kelly Jamison

Date of Review February 2006 Title America's Mighty Eighth Air Force
Author Warren M. Bodie, Allan Macpherson Publisher Widewing Publications
Published 2002 ISBN 0-9629359-6-4
Format 192 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $39.95


If you have spent any time around aircraft or around research of aviation history, you will know the name of Warren M Bodie. His name is associated with excellence in all he is involved with. His partner in this book is a relative new comer to the world of aviation history publications. America’s Mighty Eighth Air Force Conception to D-Day is a fantastic start for him.

The forward was written by the even more famous Walter Boyne who also praises Co-author Allan Macpherson. A long time employee of the aerospace industry he could easily take the baton from the aging Warren Bodie.

As I thumbed through the book I recognized many of the pictures from other publications until I stumbled on the aerial photographs of the lost squadron made famous by the recovery of Glacier Girl. That is a very neat set of photos to have. They show the B-17’s on their belly and all the P-38s off their legs.

I continued thorough the book noticing more photos I have seen before then I would find more photos I have never seen. P-47 with Atlantic crossing tanks and ADF antennas, wooden prototype P-38 Droop Snoot nose, color photos of B-17’s with wing covers on and some nice artwork by Bob Boyd.

All added up this is a great little book for the library. I really like the color photographs. The black and white photos are very nicely reproduced and having profile paintings in the middle are icing on the cake. It can be found on the sales rack of Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble and Hastings book stores.