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Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler's Reich

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From Hell Hawks! author Bob Dorr, Mission to Berlin takes the reader on a World War II strategic bombing mission from an airfield in East Anglia, England, to Berlin and back. Told largely in the veterans’ own words, Mission to Berlin covers all aspects of a long-range bombing mission including pilots and other aircrew, groundcrew, and escort fighters that accompanied the h ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by Zenith Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jimmie Kepler
Nov 25, 2011 Jimmie Kepler rated it it was amazing
Robert F. Dorr's “Mission to Berlin” documents the mission that took place on February 3, 1945 to bomb Berlin, the capital of Nazi Germany. The author does a very skilful job of telling the stories of the men who flew on it. He shares the incredible story of American fearlessness in the last months of World War II. The size of the air battle challenges our belief as in excess of 1,000 bombers and multiple-hundreds of fighter aircraft originating from Allied bases journey to the heart of Nazi Ger ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
On February 23, 1945, the Eighth Air Force launched an unprecedented mission, with more than 1,000 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacking the very heart of Nazi Germany, Berlin. This mission would be the largest number of bombers to ever attack a single target on a single mission, and it marked a shift in US bombing strategy, from targeted attacks on precision military targets, to general attacks on city centers. This mission forms the narrative core of this book, told largely through the accoun ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok
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I very rarely rate a book two stars but the rating is generous for "Mission to Berlin." The book is so poorly organized and written that it is nearly unreadable. I am honestly shocked to see the positive reviews it has received.

Ostensibly the book is about the major bombing raid conducted to Berlin on February 3, 1945. While Door does cover the raid there is no clear order in which he does so. He intersperses stories at random lending no clear flow to his narrative. It is almost as if he intervi
Dec 02, 2015 Gayle rated it it was amazing
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It is difficult for me to dislike any book written about WWII or the 1930s & 1940s. I'm not certain why that is, maybe because my mom used to talk about those years a lot, or maybe because of the classic movies I loved so much as a kid. Once I sit down with a book about this era I simply cannot stop reading, especially those books that relate personal reminisces of those living through the events.

Robert Dorr makes excellent use of historical records and personal stories to relate the story o
Well worth the time to read.

The United States in joint command with England's Royal Air Force massive air attacks that finally brought down Hitler's Third Reich.

Courageous and heroic, knowing they may not be coming back. Duty meant all. 43,742 within a three year time frame did not return.

One point I'd like to make is the Author should had researched the 'other side' as most things written into History are done so by the Victors. Dresden was Fire-Bombed well before his claim the first time inc
Jo-Ann Murphy
May 29, 2014 Jo-Ann Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was lucky enough to have won this in the Goodreads giveaways.

Very interesting book! I have ZERO interest in planes or I thought I did. This book is so well written that I have become interested. The back and forth style was a little tough at first but I see the logic behind it. If it were told sequentially, you would forget who the characters were by the time we got to their relevant role in the battle because you are dealing with thousands of names. There were so many things I did not know or
Marissa Brookes
******I won this book from goodreads giveaways.******

The book was overall pretty decent and it had some interesting information I had never really heard of from my history classes in high school and college. Although this book would be better suited for someone who loves history, I was grateful for the chance to read it.
Dec 16, 2011 Victoria rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book through a Good Reads First Read giveaway. Thanks!

Being that today is the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I thought it might be rather apropos to go ahead and post this review today.

This book is not only brimming with all sorts of interesting facts as the narrative moves along, it was also very interesting for me, the Granddaughter of a WWII Naval veteran. I grew up on the stories about the war in the Atlantic Theater (proud to say that my Gran
Jun 17, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the bombing missions that struck the heart of the Third Reich during World War II-Berlin. Some other German cities were bombed as well. The book contains individual stories of those who participated in those bombing missions. It also describes the bombers used and the history of the bombers and fighters. The U.S. bombers were the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-24 Liberator. The U.S. fighter planes used were the P-47 Thunderbolt and the P-51 Mustang.
Dec 10, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it
A good, solid book that intersperses a narrative of a single bombing mission to Berlin with a telling of the larger history of the daylight bombing campaign over Europe. The significance of the particular mission, February 3 1945, is that it was the first Eighth AF daylight mission that wasn't targeted at a specific military/industrial target, but rather at central Berlin in general. In other words, it was a daylight area bombing mission of a city center.
Tom Burkhalter
Feb 05, 2012 Tom Burkhalter rated it really liked it
I'm only a few chapters into this book but one of the first things that impressed me is that the author begins in exactly the right place, with the 3 a.m. call for a mission briefing. That's the way it was for the kids that fought as part of the 8th Air Force in World War II, and as a writer myself, I like a good strong start.
Edmond W
Aug 09, 2012 Edmond W rated it it was amazing

This is a wonderful book, the crews of the B-17s and the B-24s sent into Germany come to life in this true story of the US bombing mission over Berlin. This book is a must read!
James Seelnacht
An interesting look at the air war during WWII. Great for history buffs and those interested in warfare.
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Author (1955- ); Air Force veteran (1957-60); retired Foreign Service officer (1964-89).

Author of about 75 books on the Air Force and on military history and operations.

Author of the weekly "Back Talk" column in Air Force Times newspaper, the monthly "Washington Watch" column in Aerospace America magazine; the monthly "Front Line" column in Combat Aircraft magaz
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