Book Title: Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid
Publisher: Heraclean Publishing
Release Date: 2018-02-19
Author: Martin Caidin
“The ‘longest day’ for the B-17’s in World War II ... Superb!” NY Times
On Thursday, October 14, 1943, two hundred and ninety one B-17 Flying Fortresses set out for a strategic bombing raid on the factories in Schweinfurt.
Sixty of those planes never returned and six hundred and fifty men were lost during the course of that mission.
It was the greatest failure that the United States Air Force had ever suffered and became known as “Black Thursday”.
Martin Caidin’s Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid
is a brilliant account of that day that should never be forgotten.
This book uncovers in thrilling detail the build-up to that fateful raid as the ground crew prepare the aircraft and the aviators are briefed on their mission ahead.
By consulting with first-hand accounts and interviewing survivors Caidin’s book takes the reader to the heart of the action as the planes burst into battle in the skies above Western Europe.
“It is documented in the same careful kind of research which makes the whole book so successful. Excellent!” Kirkus Reviews
Martin Caidin was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. Caidin was an airplane pilot as well, and bought and restored a 1936 Junkers Ju 52 airplane. His book Black Thursday
was first published in 1960. He passed away in 1997.