Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid

Written by:
Martin Caidin
Narrated by:
David Colacci

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2018
9 hours 16 minutes
On Thursday, October 14, 1943, two hundred and ninety one B-17 Flying Fortresses set out for a strategic bombing raid on the factories in Schweinfurt. Sixty of those planes never returned and six hundred and fifty men were lost during the course of that mission. It was the greatest failure that the United States Air Force had ever suffered and became known as 'Black Thursday.'

Martin Caidin's Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid is a brilliant account of that day that should never be forgotten. This book uncovers in thrilling detail the build-up to that fateful raid as the ground crew prepare the aircraft and the aviators are briefed on their mission ahead.

By consulting with first-hand accounts and interviewing survivors Caidin's book takes the listener to the heart of the action as the planes burst into battle in the skies above Western Europe.
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This narrative captures the experience of the air war over Europe. Very well done.

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Lots of detail that one doesn’t realize in air combat. Having had the great opportunity to do an excursion in a B-25 two years ago, the book was more meaningful regarding the incredible noise and cramped spaces that these amazing kids endured to be involved in WWII air warfare. I felt the narrator did a good job in bring the story to light

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Very much just the facts, although it was a single mission, it brought out all the things that could go wrong and just how hard it was. It did show the valor and bravery of the men that were a part of ach crew! Narrator was okay at best!

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Roger N.

Well researched.

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