Researcher and historian Laura Edge tells of the largest air armada in history through the stories of the airmen who flew perilous combat missions over Nazi Germany.
Edge's talk is presented by the Saline Area Historical Society at 2 p.m., Nov. 10, in the Brecon Room of the Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road.
First person interviews, self-published accounts, government documents, period photos, letters and newspaper articles from that era will serve to transport you back in time to the deadly aerial battlefields of World War II. The price of victory was high. The Eighth suffered appalling losses—the highest casualty rate in the United States Armed Forces. Out of 210,000 airmen, 26,000 were killed in action and 28,000 became prisoners of war. It is far too easy to look at these numbers and forget that behind each one is a personal story—the story of an individual who was captured, or who died, or survived and was left to mourn his captured or fallen comrades.