Titre : Aphrodite: Desperate Mission
Éditeur : G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York
Date d'édition : 1970
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Very Good
328 pages, 4 plates, maps, cloth, DJ, very good. From the dust jacket: "This is the incredible story of the most incredible mission of World War II, born in desperation, carried out with foolhardy courage and at the cost of brave men's lives. Because it was so daring, so super-secret, many of the facts revealed here were designated highly classified until now - all sorts of fantastic stories sprang up about what actually happened. Here, at long last, is the truth about Aphrodite. " From the Wikipedia website: "Operation Aphrodite was the code name of a secret program initiated by the United States Army Air Forces during the latter part of World War II. The United States Eighth Air Force used 'Aphrodite' both as an experimental method of destroying V weapon production and launch facilities and as a way to dispose of B-17 and B-24 bombers (although only two B-24 were modified for the operation) that had outlived their operational usefulness. The plan called for B-17 aircraft which had been taken out of operational service to be loaded to capacity with explosives, and flown by remote control into bomb-resistant fortifications such as German U-boat pens and V-1 missile sites. It was hoped that this would match the British success with Tallboy and Grand Slam supersonic ground penetration bombs, but it is now remembered as one of the most dangerous, expensive and unsuccessful projects ever undertaken. " EDN_81 B000O5XEDQ; 328 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 23343
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