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CANADIAN PREMIUM BATTLEFIELD TOURS & JOURNEYS OF REMEMBRANCE: RCAF: BOMBER COMMAND WW2: "BRAVE BEYOND BELIEF"

 

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Lest we Forget: "In Flanders Fields" John McCrae 

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WW1: About Canadians in WW1

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10 - 22 September 2020:  13 Days/12 Nights13 days

*Includes 80th Anniversary 'Battle of Britain' Duxford airshow: Bomber County bases: Taxi runway ride in 'Just Jane' - WW2 Lancaster Bomber: Extensive WW2 Aviation Museums: International Bomber Command Centre: Most meals: 3 & 4 star plus accommodation: Dinner in prestigious London Services Club(s): London Blitz walk & more! The most comprehensive & historic WW2 Bomber Command Tour on offer.

 Bomber Command - Introduction:

 Bomber Command - Background:

Bomber Command - Itinerary & Costs

 Bomber Command - 'The Lancaster' (poem)

 US Army Airforce - Mighty 8th & 100th Bomb Group


The 'Mighty 8th' (US 8th Airforce WW2)

Bomber Command was the premier strike bomber force with the Royal Air Force using UK AND Commonwealth crews. We must however NEVER forget the terrible price that the US Army Airforce suffered in the bombing raids that helped turn the tide of WW2 in the allies favour. The US equivalent to Bomber Command was the Mighty 8th - the US 8th airforce (and the 100th Bomb Group) based in England also.

Here is a link to a 'must read' - a  'gut churning' read (quite horrific) on the also 'braver than brave' men who flew in their so called B17 'Flying Fortresses' and B24 'Liberators' - and died in their tens of thousands in the US Army Airforce  daylight bombing raids during the war, especially before the advent of the new long range fighters (Mustang fighter aircraft  predominately)  that could fly all the way to the bomber target with the bombers, protecting them against hitherto ferocious Luftwaffe fighter attacks.)

Background:
On 4th  January 1944, the B-24s and B-17s based in England flew their last mission as a subordinate part of VIII Bomber Command. On 22 February 1944, a massive re-organization of American airpower took place in Europe. VIII Bomber Command and the  Ninth Air Force were brought under control of a centralised headquarters for command and control of the United States Army Air Forces in Europe, the United States Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF).

VIII Bomber Command was re-designated as Eighth Air Force, with VIII Fighter and VIII Air Support Commands being brought under the command of the new Eighth Air Force. This is from where the present-day Eighth Air Force's history, lineage and honours derive.

General Carl Spaatz returned to England to command the USSTAF. Major General Jimmy Doolittle relinquished command of the Fifteenth Air Force to Major General Nathan F. Twining and took over command of the Eighth Air Force from Lieutenant General Ira C. Eaker at RAF Daws Hill. Doolittle was well known to American airmen as the famous "Tokyo Raider" and former air racer. His directive was simple: 'Win the air war and isolate the battlefield'.

Spaatz and Doolittle's plan was to use the US Strategic Air Forces in a series of co-ordinated raids, code-named Operation 'Argument' and supported by RAF night bombing, on the German aircraft industry at the earliest possible These missions, however, carried a terrible price.

Half of the U.S. Army Air Force's casualties in World War II were suffered by Eighth Air Force (more than 47,000 casualties, with more than 26,000 dead). 17 Medals of Honor went to Eighth Air Force personnel during the war. By war's end, they had been awarded a number of other medals to include 220 Distinguished Service Crosses, and 442,000 Air Medals. Many more awards were made to Eighth Air Force veterans after the war that remain uncounted.
Source: Wikipedia

                                                                                   LEST WE FORGET
American Bomber losses in Europe WW2

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