Equipped with secret new low altitude radar bombsights, the 63rd and 868th Bomb Squadrons’ “Snoopers” were low level anti-shipping night bombers that operated in the Pacific Theater from August, 1943 until the end of the war. Flying solo in all weather conditions, the planes ranged over 1500 miles of the Pacific in flights averaging 13 hours. Painted black and flying at altitudes of 1000 to 1500 feet, the squadrons’ precision bombing sank hundreds of thousands of tons of enemy warships, troop and supply ships. One of the crews became one of the most decorated in the Pacific Theater. Hundreds of missions are described here by crew members, most of whom were then young men in their twenties. The author (himself a bombardier who flew 37 missions) draws from obscure records, long kept classified, and his own experiences in what Midwest Book Review calls “a superbly written and welcome addition to (the history of ) World War II.”
Softcover, 6 x 9, 289 pgs.