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During the air battles that destroyed Nazi Germany’s ability to wage war, one bomb group was especially distinguished.

The Hell’s Angels.

At the outbreak of World War II, the United States was in no way prepared to wage war. Although the US declared war against Germany in December 1941, the country lacked the manpower, the equipment, and the experience it needed to fight. Even had an invasion force been ready, a successful assault on Nazi-occupied Europe could not happen until Germany’s industrial and military might were crippled.

Because no invasion could happen without air superiority, the first target was the Luftwaffe—the most powerful and battle-hardened air force in the world. To this end, the United States Army Air Forces joined with Great Britain’s already-engaged Royal Air Force to launch a strategic air campaign that ultimately brought the Luftwaffe to its knees. One of the standout units of this campaign was the legendary 303rd Bomb Group—a.k.a. Hell’s Angels.

This is the 303rd’s story, as told by the men who made it what it was. Taking their name from their B-17 of the same name, they became one of the most distinguished and important air combat units in history. The dramatic and terrible air battles they fought against Germany changed the course of the war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jay Stout is a triple-threat aviation historian—an experienced combat aviator, a meticulous researcher, and a compelling storyteller. His uncanny eye for authentic detail allows Hell’s Angels to be the incredible story of the 303rd Bomb Group and the bombing campaign that crippled Nazi Germany. Stout makes a hard-ridden topic seem fresh and new again. Highly recommended.”

    Walter J. Boyne, New York Times bestselling author of Weapons of Desert Storm

  • “[An] epic tale of the World War II aerial campaign over Europe…Hell’s Angels is a gripping and awe-inspiring book.”

    Nathaniel Fick, New York Times bestselling author of One Bullet Away

  • “Provide[s] a glimpse of the sacrifices and strengths of soldiers who participated in an unprecedented level of war and supplements more conventional studies of the air campaign against Nazi Germany.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Lt. Col. Jay A. Stout, USMC, retired, currently works as a senior aviation analyst for one of the world’s preeminent defense corporations. During his twenty-year military career he logged a remarkable 4,700 flight hours, including thirty-seven combat missions during Operation Desert Storm. His writing has been read on the floor of the US Senate, and he has been widely hosted as an aviation and military expert on various television and radio news shows, including Fox, NPR, and Al Jazeera. He is the author of several works of military history.