Battle Colors: Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the Eighth by Robert A Watkins

By Robert A Watkins

Depending seriously upon visuals, conflict colours fills a protracted status void within the annals of the 8th Air strength in the course of global battle II. This quantity specializes in all forty-eight Bomb teams comprising the 8th and contours colour illustrations depicting the evolution of all fuselage, wing and tail markings assigned to the person devices. info in regards to the right dimension, placement, colour and configuration of all tactical markings of U.S. Bomber Command are addressed. staff and squadron strive against insignia in addition to airfield place maps for every unit also are depicted. All bombardment devices integrated in the 8th are listed and simply cross-referenced by means of squadron, workforce, wing and department assignments. also, all significant parts comprising the 8th were prepared into speedy reference organizational stream charts that convey the particular order-of-battle for the "Mighty Eighth." This booklet is a useful device for a person with an curiosity within the heritage of the U.S. 8th Air strength in global conflict II.

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