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BOOKS and REFERENCES
- last updated 14-September-2020 -

Books about the 57th Bomb Wing

** Special thanks to Mike Laney, Grandson of Pilot William Phifer Laney (340th, 486th), for originally compiling these references **

 

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The B-25 Over the Mediterranean, 50th Anniversary

by: The 57th Bomb Wing Association, 1992: Creative Graphics, Jackson, Michigan

A collection of Unit Histories for the five B-25 groups that served in the MTO and at sometime operated under the 57th Bomb Wing once it was formed.  Also has several short stories, and other anecdotes.

Download a copy of this book in its entirety, or select the section of interest to you:

Complete copy "The B-25 Over the Mediterranean" (218MB)

Part 1 (57MB): Intro; The B-25; 12th Bomb Group; 310th Bomb Group
Part 2 (44MB): 319th Bomb Group; 321st Bomb Group
Part 3 (35MB): 340th Bomb Group; M.A.A.F.; 12th Air Force; 57th Bomb Wing
Part 4 (79MB): 308th Signal Wing; Stories, Anecdotes & Memories; Reunions

 

B-25 Mitchell Units of the MTO

by: Steve Pace, © 2002: Osprey Publications

A relatively recent book about the 57th Bomb Wing.  A lot of photographs and information.  However, has many errors, and seems to have been rushed out.  (i.e. it shows several B-25H planes of the 12th BG that were never in the MTO, but where used in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater of operations).  Has a lot of great stories from different veterans. 

USAAF Medium Bomber Units, ETO and MTO, 1942-45

by: Rene J. Francillon, © 2002: Osprey Publications

A reprint of a book first published in 1977.  This book summarized all of the medium bombardment groups in the ETO and MTO, including the five groups of the 57th Bomb Wing.

Available- through Amazon in paperback

 

U.S.S Corsica

by: Dominique Taddei, © 2003: Albiana

French version only. Contains many stories and photos, focusing on the human side of the USAAF's presence on Corsica. It focuses on the men of the 57th Bomb Wing and includes many first-person accounts of wartime experiences.

A la Libération de la Corse (octobre 1943) les forces alliées installent dix-sept camps d'aviation en appui é leurs offensives contre les forces de l'Axe. Des milliers d'aviateurs amèricains découvrent è cette occasion l'île qu'ils nomment affectueusement " USS Corsica ". L'ouvrage est une extraordinaire récolte de leurs photos, de leurs journaux intimes, de leurs témoignages, de leurs souvenirs. Il ouvre une page méconnue de l'histoire de la dernière guerre en l'abordant par ceux qui la vécurent.

264 pages
Format : 24 x 32 cm
ISBN : 2-84698-006-3

Available- through Albiana in paperback

and Hymie Setzer's Tribute Page for a book review translated into English:

We "Corsicans"

by: Dominique Taddei, © 2016: Albiana

French version only. Contains many stories and rare photos. Unlike USS Corsica this book extends its reach to other USAAF and British units that served on Corsica. The men of the 57th are not ignored. There are many references and stories from and about them in this book.

278 pages
Format : 24 x 32 cm
ISBN : 9782824103853

Available- through Albiana in paperback

The Bridgebusters:
The True Story of the Catch-22 Bomb Wing

by: Thomas Cleaver, © 2016: Regnery Publishing

This book represents a comprehensive look at the activities of the 57th Bomb Wing. It contains many first-person accounts of combat and camp life. It was produced with the technical assistance of the 57th Bomb Wing Association.
It is an excellent and exciting history of the Wing.

ISBN : 978-1-62157-488-0

Available- through Regnery Publishing in hardback

Catch-22

 

57th Works of Fiction


12th Bomb Group
310th Bomb Group
319th Bomb Group
321st Bomb Group
340th Bomb Group

 

9th Air Force

The Ninth Air Force in World War II

by: Kenn C. Rust © 1967: Aero Publishers. Inc., Fallbrook, California.

A well researched book on the 9th Air Force in World War II.  Covers all of the different fighter and bombardment groups in this Air Force. 245 pages.

 

Ninth Air Force Story

by: Kenn C. Rust © 1982: Historical Aviation Album, Published by Sunshine House, Terre Haute, Indiana.

A well researched book on the 9th Air Force in World War II.  Covers all of the different fighter and bombardment groups in this tactical air force in the MTO and ETO. 64 pages

 

12th Air Force

The 12th Over the Mediterranean

by: Jack Bozung, 1945: AAF Publications, Los Angeles, California.

Has a short history write up on the 12th Air Force.  A photographic collection of planes, places and people in the MTO. 40 pages

Download a copy of this book (100MB)

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Twelfth Air Force Story

by: Kenn C. Rust © 1975: Historical Aviation Album, Published by Sunshine House, Terre Haute, Indiana.

A well researched book on the 12th Air Force in World War II.  Covers all of the different fighter and bombardment groups in this tactical air force in the MTO. 64 pages

 


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