The US Ninth Air Force began as a headquarters for USAAF units in the middle east in 1942-43 but it is better known for its role as the major tactical air force for operations in north-west Europe in 1944-45. Charged primarily with the support of ground forces in the invasion of Normandy, the Ninth fielded a variety of aircraft and operated from over 60 airfields in Britain. Within these pages, all are explored and photographed on the ground and from the air, ranging from the troop carrier bases of central and southern England. Then, the airfields were in the front line, vibrant and full of activity as men and machine prepared to do battle. Now, they have adopted new faces: as centers of industry and international aviation or venues for leisure activities and motor racing. Some still retain their war-like status as military bases while others have returned to the plow as the wheel turns full circle.
8 1/2″ x 12″, Hardcover, 256 Pages, 510 Illustrations.