Eighth Air Force

‘Masters of the Air,’ the New Apple TV+ Series About ‘Mighty Eighth’ Air Force in WWII, to premiere globally Friday, Jan. 26, 2024

‘Masters of the Air,’ the New Apple TV+ Series About ‘Mighty Eighth’ Air Force in WWII, to premiere globally Friday, Jan. 26, 2024

Masters of the Air On Oct. 5, 2023 Apple TV+ unveiled the first images from its upcoming World War II… Read More

9 months ago

The story of Walter Beckham, the P-47 Thunderbolt pilot and Eighth Air Force’s Leading Ace shot down while pioneering Airfield Strafing Tactics against Luftwaffe Aircraft

Airfield strafing attacks In his “New Year’s Message,” USAAF commanding general Henry “Hap” Arnold ordered Eighth AF to “Destroy the… Read More

9 months ago

This B-17 was hit by an 88mm shell, remained in formation and gave the chance to those who survived to bail out safely. The story of the headless Flying Fortress.

As seen from the right waist of an accompanying B-17, this 463rd Bomb Group Flying Fortress received a direct hit… Read More

1 year ago

50 Years Later: Operation Linebacker II. While the brave aircrews from the past are no longer in the USAF ranks, the B-52 Stratofortress continues to serve to this day.

Generations of aircrew have flown those B-52s and gone on to retire multiple times over. The B-52 is an eternal… Read More

2 years ago

An in-Depth Analysis of why Allied Heavy Bombing on D-Day Failed

1,300 Lancaster and Halifax bombers were incapable of neutralizing ten coastal artillery batteries on Jun. 6, 1944. 1,400 Liberators and… Read More

2 years ago

USAF B-1B, F-15Es and RAF F-35B conduct Joint Flypasts over RAF Lakenheath and RAF Duxford for Eighth Air Force 80th Anniversary

On Feb. 1, 2022 a RAF F-35B Lightning aircraft from RAF Marham joined a USAF B-1B Lancer and F-15 Strike… Read More

2 years ago

The headless B-17: this Flying Fortress was hit by an 88mm shell but remained in formation giving the chance to those who survived to bail out safely

The inherent stability of the B-17 Flying Fortress airframe enabled the headless bomber to remain in loose formation with the… Read More

3 years ago

A Mighty Fortress: why the Boeing B-17 is the best bomber ever built

Little did Boeing know that with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress they had designed an aircraft that would set the… Read More

3 years ago

The story of James Howard, the P-51 Mustang pilot who fought alone, for 30 minutes against Luftwaffe fighters to protect B-17 bombers egressing from skies over Germany

Howard engaged the enemy for 30 minutes while flying above the target area, downing three and damaging a fourth to… Read More

4 years ago

Crossbows, Big Bens and Divers: a quick look at Allied Operations against Hitler’s V-Weapons

In July and August 1944 approximately 30 per cent of RAF Bomber Command sorties and tonnage was directed against V-1… Read More

4 years ago

Norden Bombsight, Formation Bombing and Lead Crews: How American B-17 Bombers Hoped to Achieve Air Superiority during Long-Range Daylight Precision Bombings over Germany

In 1943, the Eighth Air Force's top priority was to destroy the Luftwaffe and its factories, and their B-17s were… Read More

4 years ago