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Pathfinder 30th January 2006 22:11

8th Air Force Formations and PFF
 
I am researching 8th Air Force bomber formations in the April-May 1944 time-frame and have some questions.

I have found that there are many variations of the 'box' formation. Can anyone tell me what formation type was being used in the time-frame above? When was the term 'bomber stream' adopted and to which formation type did it apply?

Larry 30th January 2006 22:46

Re: 8th Air Force Formations and PFF
 
A good place to start is to get The Mighty Eighth War Manual by Roger A.Freeman - update in 2001 in paperback, by Cassell ISBN 0-304-35846-0

The author goes into a lot of detail concerning formation flying for the bombers and the fighters of the 8th AF.

Kutscha 31st January 2006 03:55

Re: 8th Air Force Formations and PFF
 
Got these of the net someplace.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-...rmation_07.jpg


http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-...rmation_08.jpg

Pathfinder 31st January 2006 18:03

Re: 8th Air Force Formations and PFF
 
Thanks guys! I have Freeman's War Manual, and it's excellent, although I do find it a little too technical at times. There are also several details which differ from various details I have heard from veterans and other sources.

Thanks anyway.


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