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Wrong Place, Wrong Time: The 305th Bomb Group & the 2nd Schweinfurt Raid (Schiffer Military Aviation History)

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On a wing and a prayer.

By Richard P. Mayhew - April 5, 2000

There could be no better title for this book. The 8th Air Force flew into a meat grinder on this October 1943 mission. Mr. Kuhl gives a hair raising description of flying over the Reich without the benefit of long range fighter escort (Little friends). There were several raids on Schweinfurt and Reginsburg(sp?) to knockout ballbearing and aircraft factories. On the particular day of the mission described in this book every factor fell in the favor of the defender, the early warning worked, fighters were ready and anti-aircraft (flak) emplacements were prepared all the way from the coast of Europe to the target and back. There are excellent first hand accounts of battling it out with Luftwaffe aircraft, getting hit with 88mm flak and of one B-17 making a mad dash in and out of Alpine valleys trying to outrun the pursuing fighters to neutral Switzerland. Sadly there was a trail of parachutes all acoss Europe as the doomed mission went into and came out of the target area... read more

A devastating day recounted in great detail

By Uncle Echo "Mr. E" - August 30, 2005

The story of "Second Schweinfurt" was already somewhat familiar to my family. This was the raid in which my grandfather barely managed to escape his B-17 as it fell from the sky. As a child I remember him talking about that experience and his time as a POW, but I never understood the larger picture until I read this book.

The research that went into this book was based both on official military records and numerous interviews with flight crews, and obviously was performed with great care and attention. Although my grandfather was not interviewed for the book, I was amazed at how closely the book matched the stories he had told, sometimes word for word.

The leadership failures on this day lead to devastating losses for the 305th Bomb Group, and this very valuable book does an excellent job of explaining exactly what went wrong.

Impressive

By A Customer - July 23, 1999

Only the WWII airwar novel "The Triumph and the Glory" can rival Kuhl's classic book on the Schweinfurt raid. His recounting of the experience of the 305th BG on this horrific October day is spellbinding, I am very impressed and highly recommend Wrong Place Wrong Time to everyone interested in WWII.

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