Death Trap: The Eighth Air Force's B-17s Had a Rought Time over Nazi Skies

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Death Trap: The Eighth Air Force's B-17s Had a Rought Time over Nazi Skies

Bombing Berlin wasn't easy.

Figures differ, but one authoritative source says that the Eighth and Ninth U.S. Air Forces in Europe had a combined death toll of 24,963, including 510 who died of wounds and 537 declared dead. Inscribed on the Wall of the Missing at the American Military Cemetery, Cambridge, UK, are 5,127 names. More than 500 Eighth Air Force bombers and fighters were lost to antiaircraft fire, enemy aircraft, and “other causes.” It was a heavy price to pay for victory.

The author extends thanks to the 100th Bomb Group Foundation (100thbg.com) for its assistance with this article.

Originally Published March 1, 2019.

This article originally appeared on the Warfare History Network.

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