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  • How the Bomber Boys Broke Down the Nazi War Machine
  • By: Donald L. Miller
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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By: Donald L. Miller
Narrated by: Robertson Dean
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‘Seconds after Brady’s plane was hit, the Hundredth’s entire formation was broken up and scattered by swarms of single-engine planes, and by rockets launched by twin-engine planes that flew parallel.'

Meet the Flying Fortresses of the American Eighth Air Force, Britain’s Lancaster comrades, who helped to bring down the Nazis.

Historian and World War II expert Donald Miller brings us the story of the bomber boys who brought the war to Hitler's doorstep. Unlike ground soldiers, they slept on clean beds, drank beer in local pubs and danced to the swing music of the travelling Air Force bands. But they were also an elite group of fighters who put their lives on the line in the most dangerous role of all. 

Miller takes listeners from the adrenaline-filled battles in the sky, to the airbases across England, the German prison camps and onto the ground to understand the devastation faced by civilians. 

Drawn from interviews, oral histories and American, British and German archives, Masters of the Air is the authoritative, deeply moving and important account of the world's first and only bomber war. 

©2020 Donald L. Miller (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Only two mistakes that I noticed.

There was a couple of references to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp that were wrong, where he states that Buchenwald received a FIRE STORM, The bombing was very accurate and landed on the Wilhelm Gustuff Werks II. And there was where he visited the Crematorium which had run out of coal about two weeks before the liberation, so the ovens where cold by the time he3 visited. I happen to know this is true because I HAD BEEN AN INMATE SINCE 1942, WHEN I WAS 5 1/22 YEARS OLD

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Heartbreaking

Amazing detail and very well read. But be prepared for an extremely heartbreaking story, made all the worse by being real. I thought I understood the air war over Europe, but this book is crammed full of things I never understood and many that I wish I could forget.

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Great informative book

Decided to read this before the Apple TV series of the same name is released.
While, being British, I have a few issues around the characterisation of Bomber Commands war, it’s a really good informative book.

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Excellent

Dinitively the best coverage of the Americans european bombing war, well balanced and fair. The author has gone to great lengths to include bona fide inclusion from the highest rank to the lowest, first hand experiences in just about every circumstances during the war. The narrator reads flawlessly and in a highly listenable tone. From a British perspective I found this an excellent and informative audio book in high lighting the crucial contributions both countries played in defeating Germany from the air.

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Amazing book

Really great and engaging account of the ‘bomber boys’ and the sheer scale and impact they made during such a tragic period of our history during WWII. The level of detail the author goes into along with the narrator make this such a good listen. Highly recommend.

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Best book ever. Heard it 3 times.

Never have I listen to such a detailed and great book full of intriguing stories form heroes of the world war 2.

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One of the best 8th USAAF histories out there

This is an exhaustive history of "The Mighty Eighth" bookending the famous air force with bomber theory from Mitchell & Douet to the Nuremburg trials. It is critical but not excoriating - and covers not just an academic review of the air war over Europe but also delves into oral and social history. It is brutal in its honest, touching in its compassion and full in its depth and breadth of the subject. It not only offers a broad brush approach to the strategic bombing offensive, but also a macroscopic view of some of the boys who flew with that force.

The narration is by and large excellent with a few exceptions relating to pronunciation of some German words and names, Robertson Dean's dark brown voice bringing gravitas to an important, yet often harrowing, subject.

I wrote my Honours degree dissertation on the Mighty 8th, and yet this added to what I consider to be a good deal of knowledge and I was unable to fault it in any meaningful way. This is required listening for anyone who is even remotely interested in the history of air warfare and/or WWII in general.

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Absolutely Outstanding!

I read a lot of military history and this is one of the best books I’ve ever found and I don’t say that lightly…

Covering the pilots, gunners, Germans, English, local population - it’s gives a brilliantly in-depth look at the air war in Europe.

I’d give this an extra star if I could!

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Struggled to get 4 hours into this very comprehensive and detailed book which I'm pretty sure would be a good read, but spoiled I'm afraid to say by the monotone droning of the narrator who uses the same deliberate, robotically dry delivery for all scenes, be they humourous or distressingly emotional.

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Masters of the air

Awesome book, full of detail from the end of ww1 right through to the end of ww2 , you will not be disappointed (even though the narrators voice is a bit drawl at times lol ) 10/10

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