During the air
battles that destroyed Nazi Germany’s ability to wage war, one bomb group was
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
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. Download and start listening now!