One man had dedicated his life to carrying on the legacy of the the legendary 8th Air Force, also known as the Mighty Eighth. In Mike’s book, High Noon Over Haseluenne: The 100th Bombardment Group over Berlin, he dives into the lives of these young men who endured the bloodiest of times during the Second World War.
The meaning behind Memorial Day is sometimes forgotten in the midst of barbecues and pool parties but one man, Michael P. Faley, is eager to tell the world war stories from the 8th Air Force, specifically the 100th Bomb Group, which has come to be known as the “bloody hundredth.” If you’re a millennial reading this, you most likely had a grandfather who fought in WWII. The enormous losses that this specific group of men endured was unfathomable and Mike takes you back to March 6, 1944 when the Eighth Air Force launched a “full scale assault” on the German capital of Berlin in his book High Noon Over Haseluenne. Mike takes you back in his book and does a remarkable job helping you relate to the terrifying jobs these men had to do to protect our freedoms.
Mike, the son of WWII Navy veteran, has spent the past 25 years working to preserve the memory of the young men who fought for our country. Currently, he’s the historian for the 100th Bomb Group and 13th Combat Wing, and documents the incredible stories of the remaining survivors of the “Greatest Generation.” This specific story focuses on the mission that gave the group their nickname, “The Bloody Hundredth.” On this day, the Luftwaffe destroyed 69 American bombers. The book itself is full of firsthand accounts, diaries, letters home and over 200 photos.
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