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Winged victory : the Army Air Forces in World War II
Perret, Geoffrey.
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First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [1997]

Physical Description:
x, 549 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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D790 .P43 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A behind-the-scenes look at the heroism of American fighter pilots during World War II chronicles the drama of the great aerial campaigns.

Author Notes

Geoffrey Perret was educated at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. He was enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years. He lives in England with his wife.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This stout volume can best be viewed as a companion to the author's There's a War to Be Won (1991), as, both with broad strokes and in close-up detail, it covers the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Starting from a modest industrial base and modest numerical strength, the AAF became the most powerful air service in history and solved most of the tactical and strategic problems it faced. Although minor errors creep in here and there, Perret has mostly researched and written well. He has the orthodox reservations about strategic bombing, but nonetheless, his is probably the best one-volume coverage of its subject, one that draws upon the most up-to-date sources and pre~serves clarity and balance in most areas of contention. A must for any significant military or aviation collection. ~--Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

With verve and elan, Perret ( There's a War to Be Won ) presents the epic narrative of American air power in the Second World War. On one level, he chronicles the work of energetic, single-minded military men--Henry ``Hap'' Arnold, Carl Spaatz, George Kenney and Curtis LeMay--with powerful civilians such as Robert Lovett (clarifying his role in linking the aviation industry with the Army Air Corps) and industrialist Donald Douglas, manufacturer of some of the warplanes that made up the great U.S. air armada. The book also covers wartime research & development: the evolution of engines, armament, armor plating, fuel tanks, gun sights, bomb sights and, above all, the testing and operational deployment of American warplanes. These planes included the P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47 and P-51 fighters and the B-17, B-24, B-25 and B-29 bombers. Each plane was distinctive in capability and characteristics, and Perret defines the differences in detail. Finally, his book offers vivid personal accounts by former pilots, bombadiers and turret gunners that convey the exhilaration and terror of aerial combat. Photos. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved