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by Wiley O. Woods, Jr
Turner Publishing 1997
Index, photos, maps
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|Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group
"The Jolly Rogers"
The skull and crossed bombs marking is the unforgettable logo of the 90th Bomb Group. A group that flew B-24 Liberators from the start to the finish of the war, and participated in some of the most infamous combat of the Pacific theater, including the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, to the longest missions of the war to Baliapapan, Borneo. This book covers the war from the day the unit was activated to the end of WWII, when the Jolly Rodgers had fought their way across the Pacific.
From the group's humble beginning on January 28, 1942 at Key Field, Mississippi, where the group had no planes and only one officer. The war had just started for the United States, and it would take many months before the group was read to depart to join the 5th Air Force with the heavy bomber, the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. Theater.
Mixed Blessing with the B-24 Liberator
The book goes into many details about the aircraft that the group would fly for the duration of the war, exploring both positive aspects of its design and impact on the crew, like its greater fuel and bomb capabilities than the B-17 Flying Fortress. Also, many of its drawbacks, like the fact that it was very difficult to ditch the plane without crew fatalities, the fact that bombs often hung up in the bomb bay and that improved nose turret was badly needed.
Overseas - Hawaii then to Australia
In Australia, the group moved to the north where it was based at a strip south of Darwin called Fenton Airfield. Far out of the range of Japanese aircraft, the bombers were able to fly from here against targets in New Guinea, or stage up to Port Moresby.
Review by Justin Taylan
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