Operation Carpetbagger was a secret outfit of the 8th Air Force that dropped spies and supplies to the resistance.
For the 75th anniversary of WWII's end, 10 little-known facts about American Airmen in England.
New Glimpses into the Daily Lives of American Airmen in England During WWII In the wake of Pearl Harbor, the United States began growing and mobilizing the nascent Army Air Force for war. In mid-1942, the 8th Air Force’s “friendly invasion” of England began. By D-Day two years later, over 200,000 men of the 8th Air … Continue reading Fighting for the Freedom of a Foreign People
Wartime Life in England in Pursuit of Victory May 8, 2020 marks 75 years since war in Europe ended in World War II. On the same date in 1945, V-E day celebrations were raucous after six years of prolonged war. Commemorating the end of the war in Europe means remembering the men who fought it and … Continue reading 10 Little-Known Facts about American Airmen in WWII on V-E Day 75
75 years after WW2 ended and 20 years after my grandfather took his service to the grave, unearthing his story and visiting the English airbase where he flew 42 B-24 missions in Europe.
When my grandfather passed away 20 years ago, I knew nothing about his WW2 service. Shipdham, a tiny village in England, where he was stationed during the war, led me back to his heroic story 75 years after it happened.
My grandfather took his WW2 story with the Mighty Eighth Air Force to the grave. On a four-month sabbatical, I retraced his steps in the war. An introduction to his story and the history of the mighty Eighth.