By William N Hess, Mark Styling

Even supposing the 15th Air strength was once brushed off as 'minor leaguers' via the 8th Air strength, strategic bombers from this outfit had performed a 'major league' activity on Axis objectives in southern Europe following its formation in Italy in November 1943. And the heavy bombers hired via the 15th have been after all the venerable B-17 and B-24. At its height energy, the Fifteenth's B-17 strength comprised six teams of 4 squadrons each one, all managed through the fifth Bomb Wing. Having been part of the 15th Air strength in 1944, writer invoice Hess has lengthy been ready to write down a definitive account on 'his air force'.

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Was repelled in hand-to-hand fighting . . the men could not shut their eyes day and night . . Many of the men, still with the troops now, had been burried alive by artillery shells . . The men are completely indifferent and apathetic, partly suffering from fits of crying, and are not to be cheered up by this or that phrase. 106 DISCIPLINE AND MORALE In this section we shall examine the discipline and morale of the troops. Each of the three divisions will be analysed separately, first according to the available courts-martial records and then by considering other reports found in the divisional files referring to the conduct and morale of the troops during the war.

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