During the great air battles that were fought to destroy Nazi Germany's ability to wage war, one group was especially distinguished. They were called the Hell's Angels. This is the story of the 303rd Bomb Group, as told by the men who made it what it was. Taking their name from the B-17s they flew, they became one of the most important air combat units in history. The dramatic and terrible air battles they fought against Germany changed the course of World War II.
[An] epic tale of the World War II aerial campaign over Europe "Hell's Angels" is a gripping and awe-inspiring book. Nathaniel Fick, author of "One Bullet Away" It's all there the boredom, the devotion, the horror and even the humor in an industrial war fought on a global scale that we'll never see again. Unit histories just do not get any better. Barrett Tillman, author of "Whirlwind "and "Forgotten Fifteenth." Jay Stout is a triple-threat aviation historian an experienced combat aviator, a meticulous researcher and a compelling story teller. His uncanny eye for authentic detail allows" Hell s Angels" to be the incredible story of the 303rd Bomb Group and the bombing campaign that crippled Nazi Germany. Stout makes a hard-ridden topic seem fresh and new again. Highly recommended. Walter J. Boyne, Author/Historian Jay Stout s reputation as a hard-hitting, authoritative, yet easy-to-read aviation author is upheld with this book. Readers looking for new insights and material will not be disappointed. Highly recommended. Donald Caldwell, author of"JG 26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe" A well-researched, beautifully written, and deeply evocative paean to the 303rd Heavy Bombardment Group and all the young American heavy-bomber crewmen who, from 1942 to 1945, went out, facing a high probability of death or imprisonment, to grind the German industrial base to dust. Eric Hammel, Author of "The Road to Big Week" Jay Stout has done a masterful job. The life and death struggles are told using the mission records, personal writings and experiences of one of the Eighth Air Force's most successful bombardment groups. All who wish a complete understanding of the role played by the Eighth Air Force and the strategic bombing of Germany should read this book. Keith Ferris, Artist and Military Aviation Historian "From the Hardcover edition.""
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Jay A. Stout is a retired fighter pilot who works as a senior aviation analyst for one of the world s preeminent defense corporations. During his twenty-year military career he logged a remarkable 4,700 flight hours, including thirty-seven combat missions during Operation Desert Storm. His writing has been read on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and he has been widely hosted as an aviation and military expert on various television and radio news shows including Fox, NPR, and Al Jazeera. He is the author of "Unsung Eagles: True Stories of America s Citizen Airmen in the Skies of World War II"; "Fighter Group: The 352nd Blue-Nosed Bastards in World War II;"and many other military nonfiction titles."