020560 - SWEATIN' OUT THE MISSION: 8th Air Force Ground Support in WWII
By Malcolm A Holland
For every bomber with ten crew members, it took a further 30 people on the ground to get it into and keep it in the air, and that was just engineering and ground crew. A multitude of other support staff were required to run every base, meaning around 70 per cent of USAAF service personnel were based on the ground. Where combat crews would finish missions and return home quickly, ground crews were there for the long haul. It was these workers who formed the strongest links with the British people and their work ranged from recording the weather, servicing the transport, guarding the base, cooking the meals, administering to the spiritual needs of the men and even dealing with colleagues' remains after unsuccessful missions. After the war these people melted into civilian life and have been largely forgotten. Malcolm Holland has compiled interviews with as many of them as possible and this book reveals both their stories as well as an insight into a working bomber base.
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