Janes Battles With The Luftwaffe - Signed



Janes Battles with the Luftwaffe Four signatures, including the pilot who commanded the control plane, on the largest air raid in history. One of my all time favourite books. The Signatures are

On his first ever mission as a co pilot in October 1942 he brought home a heavily damaged and burning B17 from a mission over France, with a four foot hole in one wing. A year later went on to pilot the mission command plane with the 92nd Bomb Group, leading the second raid against Schweinfurt, the largest air raid in history and soon after was participating in the bombing of heavy water installations in Norway. On one particularly long flight his B17 ran out of fuel, crash-landing in Ireland with four generals on board, including the Commander of American Forces in the European Theatre of Operations and in 1944 he was air commander on a raid during the Battle of the Bulge when shrapnel pierced his seat missing him by inches. General McLaughlin remains one of the most prominent pilots in the Eight Air Force during WWII.

As the pilot of the famous B17 Our Gal Sal he flew with the 351st Bomb Squadron in the 100th Bomb Group. On March 6th 1944 he took part in the first daylight mission to bomb Berlin, the day, the Eighth Air Force lost 69 bombers. His entire squadron was completely wiped out and he and his crew were the only B17 from the unit to make it back to Thorpe Abbotts.

As the original Bombardier on the B-17 “JACK THE RIPPER” with the 324th Bomb Squadron, he was one of the original members of the famous 91st Bomb Group (the Memphis Belle’s unit) based at Bassingbourne. After flying some of the Eighth Air Force’s very first missions of the war he and his crew returned to the United States to help develop tactics and improve American bomber operations from England.

Serving with the 305th Bomb Group at Chelveston on B-17’s, he was General Curtis Lemay’s personal Navigator and also Group Navigator for the 305th. After serving with distinction in the European Theatre he moved to the Pacific with General Lemay and General Heywood Hansell flying many operations on B29’s.



Superbly illustrated 239 pages, hardback heavy book. Signatures are in pencil