November 1943 to May 1945. The US Army Air Forces waged an unprecedentedly dogged and violent campaign against Hitler's vital oil production and industrial plants on theThird Reich's southern flank. Flying from southern Italy, far from the limelight enjoyed by the Eighth Air Force in England, the Fifteenth Air Force engaged in high-risk missions spanning most of the European continent. The story of the Fifteenth Air Force deserves a prideful place in the annals of American gallantry.
In Forgotten Fifteenth, Barrett Tillman brings into focus a seldom-seen multinational cast of characters, including pilots from Axis nations Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria and many more remarkable individuals. They were the first generation of fliers - few of them professionals - to conduct a strategic bombing campaign against a major industrial nation. They suffered steady attrition and occasionally spectacular losses. In so doing, they contributed to the end of the most destructive war in history.
Forgotten Fifteenth is the first-ever detailed account of the Fifteenth Air Force in World War II and the brave men that history has abandoned. This book is a must-read for military history enthusiasts, veterans, and current servicemen and their families.
©2014 Barrett Tillman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
A solid, informative book covering the Fifteenth airforce. A good overview of the organisation as a whole but it would have been good to hear more details of the missions and men. Whilst there were some more detailed analysis of some missions and "life stories" from those who were there it did start to feel slightly repetitive at times when these details were missed out.
The narrator put in a solid performance but I feel that the book could have benefited from a more passionate, unbiased, individual.
I feel that it was definitely worth a listen as I did expand my knowledge of the Fifteenth airforce but unlike some audiobooks which I have loved it will get a second listen but probably not for quite some time.
"Solid Story worth telling"
Not again, but I had to hear it. My father flew in a B-17 with the 15th.
No characters. The story is of the 15th.
Would like to hear more about the men, and the details of the missions. This was more about the 15th as an organizatoin.
The 8th gets all the pub!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having read scores of books on the 8th Air Force, it is great to finally read something about the 15th. The author presents a great history.
A good overview of the Fifteenth. It is not as detailed as many books on the Eighth. However in fairness, there is less material available for an author who writes about the Fifteenth. The author put to rest some of the mythology surrounding the Tuskegee Airmen. Post-war, many of those who served continued in reputable, worthwhile careers in the military and in the civilian sector. Unfortunately, a few became politicians (George McGovern, Lloyd Bentsen). All things considered, it was a good book.
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