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Old 30th January 2006, 21:11
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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?
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Old 30th January 2006, 21:46
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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.
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Old 31st January 2006, 02:55
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Re: 8th Air Force Formations and PFF

Got these of the net someplace.




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Old 31st January 2006, 17:03
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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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