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The Air War in Europe

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The Air War in Europe, during World War II, through the stories of those who fought it.

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Mission 5: Air War in the Desert

In late 1942, American airmen joined British and Commonwealth allies in North Africa, fighting Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps. The 9th and 12th Air Forces saw their first action, helping to thwart the advancing Axis armies and drive them out of Africa.

25 MIN2019 NOV 17
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Mission 5: Air War in the Desert

Mission 4: Breaking Point

From November 1942 to May 1943, four B17 groups carried the burden of the daylight bombing campaign over German occupied Europe. With no replacements and no relief in sight, they fought the weather, they fought the Germans, they fought the strain.

33 MIN2019 AUG 27
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Mission 4: Breaking Point

Mission 3: Technique

As more groups arrived, and more missions were flown, the lack of training bomber crews had received before shipping overseas became obvious. They had to innovate, to learn by doing, and began to build the doctrine that would shape the air war.

19 MIN2019 AUG 20
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Mission 3: Technique

Stand-down: Definitions

What is the difference between strategic and tactical employment of air power, broadly speaking?

9 MIN2019 AUG 12
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Stand-down: Definitions

Mission 2: Learning the Trade

In the late summer of 1942, the USAAF built up strength in England, new fighter and bomber groups made the Atlantic crossing and began training for missions. The 97th BG became the first heavy bomb group on operational status, hitting targets in northern France in mid-August.

18 MIN2019 AUG 4
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Mission 2: Learning the Trade

Mission 1: Baptism

Mission 1: Baptism. American involvement in the air war got off to a bloody start. On July 4th, 1942, six American crews joined six British crews to attack four German airfields in occupied Holland. Two of the American crews and one British crew were lost. The 25% loss rate foreshadowed the costly, bloody lessons ahead.

22 MIN2019 JUL 25
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Mission 1: Baptism
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Latest Episodes

Mission 5: Air War in the Desert

In late 1942, American airmen joined British and Commonwealth allies in North Africa, fighting Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps. The 9th and 12th Air Forces saw their first action, helping to thwart the advancing Axis armies and drive them out of Africa.

25 MIN2019 NOV 17
Comments
Mission 5: Air War in the Desert

Mission 4: Breaking Point

From November 1942 to May 1943, four B17 groups carried the burden of the daylight bombing campaign over German occupied Europe. With no replacements and no relief in sight, they fought the weather, they fought the Germans, they fought the strain.

33 MIN2019 AUG 27
Comments
Mission 4: Breaking Point

Mission 3: Technique

As more groups arrived, and more missions were flown, the lack of training bomber crews had received before shipping overseas became obvious. They had to innovate, to learn by doing, and began to build the doctrine that would shape the air war.

19 MIN2019 AUG 20
Comments
Mission 3: Technique

Stand-down: Definitions

What is the difference between strategic and tactical employment of air power, broadly speaking?

9 MIN2019 AUG 12
Comments
Stand-down: Definitions

Mission 2: Learning the Trade

In the late summer of 1942, the USAAF built up strength in England, new fighter and bomber groups made the Atlantic crossing and began training for missions. The 97th BG became the first heavy bomb group on operational status, hitting targets in northern France in mid-August.

18 MIN2019 AUG 4
Comments
Mission 2: Learning the Trade

Mission 1: Baptism

Mission 1: Baptism. American involvement in the air war got off to a bloody start. On July 4th, 1942, six American crews joined six British crews to attack four German airfields in occupied Holland. Two of the American crews and one British crew were lost. The 25% loss rate foreshadowed the costly, bloody lessons ahead.

22 MIN2019 JUL 25
Comments
Mission 1: Baptism
the END
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