Mustang And Thunderbolt Aces Of The Pacific And Cbi

Author: John Stanaway
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472801946
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Although far better known for their exploits over the war torn skies of Germany and Italy, the USAAF's premier fighters, the P-47 and P-51, also made significant contributions to the victory against Japan from 1943 onwards. This book relates the appearance of the Allison-engined A-36As and P-51As over Rangoon from India in November 1943, the 1st Air Commando Group in China, P-47s over the jungles of New Guinea in 1943, escorting B-29s on long-range bombing sorties against the Home Islands in 1944-45 and elsewhere.

P 38 Lightning Aces Of The Pacific And Cbi

Author: John Stanaway
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781855326330
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The 'Cadillac' of USAAF fighters in World War 2, the Lightning was a highly innovative design produced by Lockheed in response to a challenging requirement for a long range, high speed and high altitude fighter to escort the AAF's B-17 bomber fleet.

Mustang Aces Of The Eighth Air Force

Author: Jerry Scutts
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782007377
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Unquestionably the best American fighter of World War 2, the North American P-51 Mustang served in large numbers with the USAAF's Eighth Air Force from late 1943 until VE Day, and was the mount of most aces in-theatre. Charged with the responsibility of escorting huge formations of B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator bombers on daylight raids deep into Germany, the P-51 pilots of the various fighter groups within the 'Mighty Eighth' went head to head with the cream of the Luftwaffe's fighter squadrons for control of the skies over the Third Reich. Aircraft of the Aces 1, 19 and 24 are also available in a single volume as 'Aces of the Mighty Eighth'.

Very Long Range P 51 Mustang Units Of The Pacific War

Author: Carl Molesworth
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 178200548X
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These pilots called themselves the 'Tokyo Club'. It was a simple task to become a member. All you had to do was strap yourself into a heavily loaded P-51 Mustang, take off from Iwo Jima, fly 650 miles north over the sea – often through monsoon storms – in your single-engined aircraft to Japan, attack a heavily defended target and then turn around and fly home despite a shrinking fuel supply and perhaps battle damage as well. Do it once and you earned membership in the club. Do it 15 times and you earned a trip home. But make one mistake or have one touch of bad luck, and you had a very good chance of ending up dead. This book tells the little-known story of these brave men and their efforts to defeat the aerial forces defending Japan.

Corsair Aces Of World War 2

Author: Mark Styling
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Beretning om det amerikanske jagerfly F4U Corsair og piloter, der fløj det under 2. verdenskrig

Hellcat Aces Of World War 2

Author: Barrett Tillman
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781855325968
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Grumman's successor to the pugnacious Wildcat, the Hellcat embodied many of the lessons learnt by F4F pilots in the opening months of the Pacific war. Introduced to the fleet in January 1943, and blooded in combat against the Japanese by VF-5 seven months later, the F6F served as the principal US Navy fighter on board carrier decks until VJ-Day. Despite its lethality in the air when ranged against the best Japanese fighters, it still retained docile handling qualities around the carrier deck. Pilots flying the Hellcat claimed nearly 5000 kills in the Pacific, and over 350 pilots achieved ace status on the type.

Aces Of The 325th Fighter Group

Author: Tom Ivie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1780963025
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The 325th FG was activated under General Order number 50 on 30 July 1942 and set up training operations at Theodore F Greene Field in Providence, Rhode Island. By mid-December 1942 the group was considered ready for combat and the alert for overseas duty arrived on 2 January 1943. The pilots and their P-40s departed on the carrier USS Ranger on 8 January and flew their aircraft off the vessel into Cazes airfield, near Casablanca, on 19 January 1943. After the remainder of the personnel arrived in late February, the group prepared for combat, and finally flew its first mission on 17 April 1943 as part of the Twelfth Air Force. During the next four months it participated in the North African campaign, and operations against enemy-held islands in the Mediterranean Sea. By the end of the Sicilian campaign on 17 August the 325th FG had scored 128 aerial victories, been the first P-40 unit to deliver 1,000-lb bombs against enemy targets and had escorted 1,100 bombers without losing a single one of them to enemy action.

Korean War Aces

Author: Robert F Dorr
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472800567
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The first virtually all-jet war, the conflict in Korea saw F-86 Sabres of the USAF take on MiG-15s of the North Korean and Chinese air forces. Although the Allied pilots were initially taken aback by the ability of the communist fighter in combat, sound training and skilful leadership soon enabled Sabre pilots to dominate the dogfights over the Yalu River. In all 39 F-86 pilots achieved ace status, and a number of these are profiled in this volume, as are notable pilots from the US Navy, Marine Corps and Royal Navy and, for the first time, the handful of MiG-15 aces.

P 38 Lightning Aces Of The Eto Mto

Author: John Stanaway
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781855326989
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The P-38 made its combat debut in Europe in mid-1942, the first American fighters being flown to the UK before heading further east to Twelfth Air Force units in North Africa. Its service in this theatre, and later over the heartland of Germany itself, earned the P-38 the nickname 'der gabelschwanzer Teufel' (the 'fork-tailed' devil). This volume traces the careers of many previously unknown aces within the USAAF in Europe, and helps redress the balance which has in the past seen all the 'glory' for the fighter victories in this theatre shared between the pilots of the P-47 and P-51. Some 17 pilots scored 7 or more kills on the P-38 in the ETO/MTO.

P 38 Lightning Aces Of The Pacific And Cbi

Author: John Stanaway
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781855326330
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The 'Cadillac' of USAAF fighters in World War 2, the Lightning was a highly innovative design produced by Lockheed in response to a challenging requirement for a long range, high speed and high altitude fighter to escort the AAF's B-17 bomber fleet.