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The Mighty Eighth in Art

Author
Roger A Freeman

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Author and historian Roger A Freeman has written a number of books on World War II subjects but is probably best known for his authoritative Mighty Eighth series. Through the work of a wide range of artists this book loosely tells the story of the Eighth Air Force’s contribution to the war effort between 1942 and 1945. As the author explains in his introduction, the artwork was selected to try and include as many of the units as possible that contributed to the effort but also to showcase a range of artist’s styles, hence  a number of works from lesser known artists sit alongside the likes of Robert Taylor, Nicolas Trudgian and  John Young.

The inclusion of a number of Gil Cohen’s superb pieces, focusing on the characters rather than the hardware, gives the book a good balance. After a short introduction by the author each image is given a page with supporting text opposite. The images are arranged so that the subjects run chronologically, starting with First Mission by Nixon Galloway depicting Douglas Bostons on 4th July 1942 making the Eigthth Air Force’s first raid of the campaign.

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Little Willie Coming
Home

Little Willie Coming Home by Keith Ferris

Russian Shuttle

Russian Shuttle by Gil Cohen

Return to Halesworth

Return to Halesworth by Gil Cohen

After the Mission

The Other Half

After the Mission by Gil Cohen The Other Half by John Young

Destination Germany

Chow-hound

Chow-hound by David Poole Destination Germany by Ronald Wong
Home Run by Robert Taylor

Reviewer’s Pick - surely one of the finest renditions of the Mustang ever is Robert Taylor’s Home Run depicting P51s of the 361 FG low over the Rhine.

All images copyright the individual artists or publishers.

Contents

1

Introduction

2

76 sections, one each per image.

Publishing Information - First Edition (hardback)

Publisher: Arms and Armour

ISBN: 1-85409-312-6 

Released: 1996

Size: 11 x 9 inches

Pages: 159

Colour images: 76

Publishing Information - Second Edition (softback)

Publisher: Sterling Publishing

ISBN: 1-85409-473-4 

Released: 1998

Size: 11 x 9 inches

Pages: 159

Colour images: 76

Availability

All editions:

Out of print, only available on the secondary market.

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