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ISBN: 9780857043405
AUTHOR: Martin W Bowman
American Ghost Bases of Eastern England
American Ghost Bases of Eastern England
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From the author of the highly successful books, Echoes of East Anglia, Ghost Fields of East Anglia and The Air War in East Anglia comes this new volume containing even more fascinating stories and images of the United States Army Air Corps in Eastern England in World War Two.

Martin Bowman is among the best-known aircraft photographers and aviation writers in Britain, with seven largely photographic books published by Halsgrove on a variety of aviation-related subjects. These include his celebrated classic aircraft photography volumes Airs & Graces and The Immortal Few, his distinguished study of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, as well as his earlier evocative images of steam trains and the Norfolk landscape from the air.

All have been produced after almost forty years of in-depth research and photographic sorties throughout the world.

This latest work brings down the curtain on the historically rich period of East Anglia when the men and women of the Eighth Air Force and RAF Bomber Command waged war ‘around the clock’, hitting targets in Germany and the occupied countries of Western Europe - the Americans by day and the RAF by night.

If there are ghosts they surely haunt the East Anglian wartime airfields.

As well as the myriad number of ghost bases secreted in remote corners of England that will be forever America with their almost extinct artwork and crumbling dwellings and control towers, the author pays a pictorial tribute to movie stars such as ‘Jimmy’ Stewart, Clark Gable and Glenn Miller; the famous and often risqué nose art on the USAAF aircraft; and the often overlooked stately houses and mansions that became hospitals, headquarters and rest homes.

The Propaganda War is not forgotten either. Hollywood helped keep up morale at home and in war-torn Britain, with ‘docu-dramas’ like Memphis Belle whose ‘star’ was a Flying Fortress of the same name.

When the war was over movies, which were inspired by recent events, such as Twelve O’clock High, Command Decision starring Clark Gable, The Best Years of Our Lives, and The Glenn Miller Story, which starred James Stewart, became synonymous with the almost mystical memory of the Eighth in the East.

Martin Bowman’s interest in World War Two began at the age of nine when his father gave him an Airfix model aircraft kit. A few years later he joined 231 (Norwich) Air Training Cadet (ATC) Squadron where he only ever got to fly in gliders before he suffered a serious leg injury playing football for his school. His love of British and US aviation meanwhile was fired by the proliferation of US and RAF air bases in his native East Anglia. His first book, Fields of Little America, a history of the US 2nd Air Division, was published in 1977. He is the author of over 200 books on military and commercial aviation as well as photographic books on a variety of subjects.

His many years of painstaking and fact-finding research and interviews has taken him to many countries, including the USA, Australia, Russia and in Africa where he has flown in the cockpits of many types of military aircraft. An accomplished aerial and landscape photographer, American Ghost Bases of Eastern England is his eighth photographic book for Halsgrove.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 340 5, hardback, 214x230mm, 128 pages. Published October 2019.

The Immortal Few Collector's EditionThe Immortal Few Collector's Edition - £295.00
Three years in the making, The Immortal Few Collector's Edition is a landmark publication in which the superb aerial photography of acclaimed aviation author and photographer Martin Bowman is combined with a tribute to The Few and the signatures of twelve officers who flew in the Battle of Britain.
The Immortal FewThe Immortal Few - £24.99
The Immortal Few is a commemoration of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It covers the perilous weeks in 1940 during which ‘The Few’ thwarted the Nazis in the prelude to their planned invasion of Britain, linking to the present generation through Martin Bowman's incomparable action photography of of the surviving aircraft from the Battle of Britain and later war years now represented by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Echoes of East AngliaEchoes of East Anglia - £14.99
Martin Bowman has explored the many Second World War airfields in East Anglia, taking evocative photographs of all that remains, from empty, echoing control towers to the graffiti and wall-art left by the intrepid airmen, many of whom flew to their deaths, from this remote corner of England.
The North Norfolk RailwayThe North Norfolk Railway - £14.99
Martin Bowman’s photographs capture this pictures of the locomotives and rolling stock. Norfolk and for the steam enthusiast.
Web Price: £16.99
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