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Riassunto: "Daddy of Them All" is the story of the air and ground crews who served with the 17th Bombardment Group and its Squadrons (34th, 37th, 95th and 432nd) during World War II.
After Pearl Harbor the group flew North American B-25 Mitchell twin-engined bombers on patrols over the West and East Coasts and it trained several newly-formed Mitchell units. In April, 1942, volunteers from the 17th made up Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders and bombed Japan from carrier-launched B-25s.
The 17th moved to Barksdale Field, Shreveport, Louisiana, in June and converted to Martin B-26 Marauders. It served as the Operational Training Unit (OTU) "parent" for the newly-activated 319th Bomb Group and it sent airmen to the 320th Bomb Group in training at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. With so many ex-17th personnel providing cadre for other groups, the 17th proudly began calling itself "The Daddy of Them All".
Ordered overseas in September, the 17th's Ground Echelon sailed for England and, following the November TORCH landings in North Africa, continued on to Telergma, Algeria. Air crews flew their B-26s from Florida to North Africa over the South Atlantic route, arriving at Telergma in December.
First mission for the 17th in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), Twelfth Air Force, 42nd Bomb Wing, came December 30, 1942. Moving forward to desert airstrips , their red-tail numbered Marauders attacked Axis shipping and installations until German and Italian forces surrendered North Africa in May, 1943.
The group's B-26s flew pre-invasion sorties for Allied landings on the island of Sicily (July) and on the Italian Mainland at Salerno (September). Moving to Villacidro airbase on Sardinia in November, the 17th continued to send out missions backing Allied ground forces in Italy. The 17th was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for its January 13, 1944, attacks on airdromes around Rome prior to Fifth Army's "leapfrog" landings at Anzio on the 22nd.
Stymied for months, the Allies finally broke through at Cassino and broke out at Anzio to capture Rome in June. All three of the MTO Marauder groups--the 17th, 319th and 320th--were awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm for helping French troops crack the Gustav Line.
B-26s of the 17th attacked targets along the Riviera Coast in preparation for the DRAGOON landings in Southern France,, August 15, 1944. The group shifted to Poretta, Corsica, in September. Operations included long interdictory missions to targets in far northeast Italy.
Reassigned to the First Tactical Air Force (Provisional), the17th left the MTO and moved to the European Theater of Operations (ETO) in November. Based at Dijon in southeastern France, it supported Seventh Army, Sixth Army Group--despite record-breaking cold, snow, rain and clouds. The group earned its seconc DUC for a highly successful attack April 10, 1945, on enemy defenses near Schweinfurt, Germany.
The 17th's Marauders continued to bomb bridges, rail lines, gun positions, barracks, supply points and ammunition dumps until V-E Day May 8, 1945. After disarmament duties in Germany, the group was returned to the U.S. and inactivated November 26, 1945.
Tannehill draws on Official records, including group, squadron and personal diaries, orders, and interviews with 17th veterans. The book has nearly 300 photographs, most never before published, of people, places and planes, plus maps and artwork. It is 8 1/2" x 11" x 1/4", printed on glossy stock, softbound with color card covers.
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Descrizione libro Boomerang Publishers, 1990. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 096059003X