God Was Our Pilot: Surviving 33 Missions in the 8th Air Force. The Memoir of Bernard Thomas Nolan


Bernard Thomas Nolan – Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Edited by Robert Irving Desourdis

Series: Homeland Security and Safety
BISAC: HIS027100
DOI: 10.52305/IUUW2085

In December 1943, Eisenhower was Supreme Commander of Allied forces in Europe with General Carl Spaatz in command of all US Army Air Force. In January 1944, M/G James Doolittle replaced M/G Ira Eaker to lead the Eighth Air Force. The air battle strategy scenario soon changed. Air strategy at the Casablanca Conference was to take out the Luftwaffe before D-Day. The modified P-51 was now one had in good numbers. Doolittle made a key decision to turn his fighters loose. They would no longer fly with bomber formation but now in fighter sweeps to hit Luftwaffe installations and destroy Luftwaffe fighters as they formed for the intercept.

Spaatz and Doolittle prayed for one week of good weather in which massive bomber raids could be launched to flush out get German fighters. During that week, five such bomber attacks attacked key targets. It worked, but at high cost to both sides. Eighth Air Force, Fifteenth Air Force and the RAF lost 369 aircrafts, but the Luftwaffe Fighter Command lost an estimated two thirds of its strength. The Luftwaffe did not show up on D-Day except for a few furtive attacks on the beachheads. The battle for air supremacy was won by the Allies and the progressive decline of the Luftwaffe ensued thereafter. The book will provide insight into a pilot’s mind who flew such missions and try to give the reader not only the historic background, but a sense of what it must have been like to fly such missions.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents





Editor’s Note


Part I

Chapter 1. Before My Time

Chapter 2. From Depression to Inspiration

Chapter 3 Gentlemen from Hell 1

Chapter 4. Over Here

Chapter 5. Krazy Kat Goes to England

Part II

Chapter 6. Alone Over Here


Chapter 8. Little Friends

Chapter 9. One Solid Week

Part III

Chapter 10. Lutzkendorf

Chapter 11. The Adventures of Krazy Kat

Chapter 12. Krazy Kat’s Last Adventure

Part IV

Chapter 13. Fortress Over Liberator

Chapter 14. The Awesome Power

Chapter 15. Happy Valley

Part V

Chapter 16. God Was My Pilot

Chapter 17. The Girl with the Green Eyes

Chapter 18. The Lajes Trailer Life

Chapter 19. Buying the Farm

Chapter 20. Back to Germany

Chapter 22. Mister Airplanes


One Last Look



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