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The P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft was used in the fighter groups of nine U.S.
Air Forces spread across the globe during WWII. It was also used
by numerous foreign air forces. The P-47 ‘Jug’ was legendary for its
power and ruggedness as it conducted fighter sweep, bomber escort, and
ground attack missions in every theater of the war.
The 350th Fighter Group in the Mediterranean Campaign 2 November, 1942
to 2 May 1945. The group comprised the 345th, 346th, and 347th Fighter
Squadrons, flying against the Luftwaffe during the Moroccan, Tunisian,
Sicilian and Italian campaigns in P-39s and P-47s. Although initially
thought to be burdened with a craft too large, heavy, and un-maneuverable,
the P-47 pilots eventually acquired the skills they needed to counter the
nimble Luftwaffe fighters. And the introduction of P-47Cs in mid-1943,
with their added external tanks, improved the pilot's combat radius.
Although it recorded 3,916 kills as a fighter, the P-47 was later used
primarily as a ground-attack aircraft, destroying thousands of tanks, locomotives,
rail cars, and trucks. Production P-47 Thunderbolts were in the air
in early 1943, excelling in bomber escort and ground-attack bombing. P-47s
were flown by the air forces of Australia, Brazil, France, the Soviet Union,
and Great Britain--more than 12,000 planes in all, more than any
other U.S. fighter before or since. Other P-47's flew in the 413
Fighter Group which was composed of the 1st, 21st and 34th
Fighter Squadrons and they also flew in the 318th
Fighter Squadron These WW2 books are listed by Amazon books and
Historic Aviation book store companies.
A reprint of the official government handbook designed to show the
new cadet how to fly the aircraft. Heavily illustrated with all the
0019195 Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmachte/ir0760329184
The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht.
Dorr & Jones. This book presents the World War II history of the 365th Fighter
Group "Hell Hawks" - who flew the rugged, heavily armed P-47 Thunderbolt in
close support of Eisenhower's ground forces advancing across France and into
Germany - and shows you how much they had in common with the GIs they supported.
320 pages, B&W photographs, 6"x 9", hardcover.
Hell Hawks! is the story of the band of young American fighter pilots,
and their gritty, close-quarters fight against Hitler's vaunted military. The
"Hell Hawks" were the men and machines of the 365th Fighter Group. Beginning
just prior to D-Day, June 6, 1944, the groups young pilots (most were barely
twenty years old and fresh from flight training in the United States) flew in
close support of Eisenhower's ground forces as they advanced across France and
into Germany. They flew the rugged, heavily armed P-47 Thunderbolt, aka the Jug.
Living in tents amid the cold mud of their front-line airfields, the 365ths
daily routine had much in common with that of the G.I.s they supported. Their
war only stopped with the Nazi surrender on May 8, 1945. During their year in
combat, the Hell Hawks paid a heavy price to win the victory. Sixty-nine pilots
and airmen died in the fight across the continent. The Groups 1,241 combat
missions -- the daily confrontation of sudden, violent death -- forged bonds
between these men that remain strong sixty years later. This book will tell
their story, the story of the Hell Hawks.
The story of the band of young American fighter pilots, and their gritty,
close-quarters fight against Hitler's vaunted military. The "Hell Hawks" were
the men and machines of the 365th Fighter Group. Beginning just prior to D-Day,
June 6, 1944, the group’s young pilots (most were barely twenty years old and
fresh from flight training in the United States) flew in close support of
Eisenhower's ground forces as they advanced across France and into Germany.
A personal message from the Author.
I'm astonished to find that the best book ever written about a
P-47 Thunderbolt fighter group in combat does not appear on this page:
"Hell Hawks!" is our Stephen Ambrose-style history of a "band of brothers with
planes." It's a recounting in their words of the untold war fought by Americans
365th Fighter Group. They represent tens of thousands who served in
The book is a general interest look at our recent history, It's not technical or
specialized: It's a story that can interest anyone.
Our guys went ashore at Normandy and fought across
Europe, through the
Battle of the Bulge and on to victory.
Co-author Thomas D. Jones (Tom) and I spent five years researching and
interviewing 171 of these ordinary men who became heroes. Tom is an
Air Force Academy distinguished graduate, a former B-52 pilot, and a
former astronaut who flew four shuttle missions. I'm an Air Force veteran, a
retired U. S. diplomat, and an author. Tom and I worked together to tell this
story for the first time.
The P-47 Thunderbolt was built in greater numbers than any other American
fighter, but rarely receives recognition. The men who supported, maintained and
flew the P-47 while slogging it out on the European continent waged a grim,
gritty, mostly air-to-ground war in which the enemy was personal, the fighting
point-blank. The human spirit triumphed with a little help from the P-47.
"Hell Hawks" uses never before published photos and first-hand personal
P-47 Thunderbolt at War" 55"0015554vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="322" align="left">
0015554 P-47 Thunderbolt at War
Graff. Richly illustrated, this book traces the history of the P-47 Thunderbolt
from design to service, showing you its role as a fighter escort on bombing
raids, its activities on a typical mission, and the people involved in its
production and service, with personal combat stories from all theaters of World
War II. So thorough, this volume even follows its postwar adventures in China,
Algeria and South America. 128 pages, 60 color and 80 B&W photographs, 10
diagrams, and more. 8?"x 10?", softcover.
P-47 Thunderbolt" 54"0030244vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="331" align="left">0030244 P-47
Famous Aircraft of the World
Caruana. This lavishly illustrated book presents the complete history of the
mighty "Jug" - the largest single-engine fighter of its day - from its origins,
through its World War II service with the U.S. Army Air Force, to its use by
foreign air forces, with 10 pages of scale drawings including prototypes XP-47E,
XP-47H, XP-47J and XP-72. 60 pages, 60 color "walk around" and 20 historical B&W
photographs, 72 color profiles, 15 color plan views, and more. 8?"x 10?",
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"" 0036232vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="348" align="left">0036232 Republic
P-47 Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"
Peczkowski. Filled with color profiles, line drawings (in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32
scale), rare wartime photographs and contemporary walk-around images, this
lavishly illustrated book examines the development and service of the
late-production "bubbletop"-canopy P-47 Thunderbolt variants, from the
P-47D-25-RE through the final P-47N. 128 pages, 100+ color and B&W photographs
and illustrations, 7"x 10", softcover.
0015479 P-47 Thunderbolt vs. Bf 109G
Engage the Enemy Duel 11
Bowman. This volume chronicles the design and development of two great World War
II adversaries: the American P-47 Thunderbolt and the German Bf 109G. You'll
study key elements such as airframes, engines, armament and flying
characteristics to learn the planes' strengths and weaknesses; thrill to
firsthand accounts of combat actions; and more. 80 pages, B&W and color
photographs and illustrations, 7?"x 9?", softcover.
P-47 Thunderbolt in Action" 56"0030241vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="187" align="left">0030241 P-47
Thunderbolt in Action
Davis. This newly updated book traces the development and service of the
Republic P-47, from the pre-World War II Seversky P-35 and P-43 Lancer; through
wartime production, including such rarities as the "Doublebolt" and XP-47H and J
models; to service with the air forces of Britain, Brazil and France. 58 pages,
135 B&W and color photographs, 12 color profiles, line drawings and more. 11"x
P-47 Thunderbolt" 53"0019103vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="315" align="left">0019103 P-47
Scutts. One of the most famous and extensively used fighters of WWII, the
venerable P-47 was the largest and heaviest single-engine, single-seat
piston-engine fighter ever built. This chronological history presents its
prototypes, operational history, engineers, aces, variants, technical
specifications, weapons, production figures, model kit information and more. 96
pgs., B&W photos, 16 pages of color photos and profiles, 7?"x 9?", sfbd.
Warbirds" 82"0019259vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="312" align="left">0019259 Warbirds
Haynes. Featuring stunning color photographs of restored examples, this lavishly
illustrated book examines more than 50 of history's greatest, most innovative
combat aircraft, including the Fokker D.VII, B-25 Mitchell, P-47 Thunderbolt,
P-51 Mustang, AT-6 Texan, A6M2 Zero, Messerschmitt Bf 109, F-4 Phantom II, C-130
Hercules and F-117 Nighthawk. 192 pages, 250+ color photographs, 6?"x 8?",
The American Fighter Pilot and Aircraft in World War II.
William Wolf. This is the story of America's "best and brightest," from the
early-war young men who were hastily trained and flying inferior aircraft such
as the P-39, F2A and F4F, to the well-trained, late-war pilots in their F4Us,
F6Fs, P-47s, P-38s and finally, P-51s. You'll learn the key role this generation
of young Americans played before they took their place in American society and
industry. 456 pgs., 670+ B&W photos, 8?"x 11", hdbd.
The extraordinary years of World War II unfold through the
eyes of three people, who confront challenges and opportunities they had not
imagined.Louise Mitchell learned to fly when she was 19, but for 11 years, she
has done little more than give people rides at a small airfield near Sioux City,
Iowa. Then a letter arrives with news that a squadron of women pilots is being
formed to deliver planes for the Army.Tom Clark has worked for Franklin
Roosevelt for more than a decade. As the threat of war looms, he becomes the
eyes and ears of the president on a variety of missions. Anne Wilson, a
beautiful and brilliant journalist, returns from defeated France to take a job
with the Washington Post and resumes her romance with Tom. They are discussing
their future together when the news of Pearl Harbor arrives.In this carefully
researched novel, we meet numerous historical figures, including Claire
Chennault of the Flying Tigers, and Nancy Love, leader of the Women's Auxiliary
Ferrying Squadron. A thoroughly enjoyable way to absorb history!
In this carefully researched novel, you'll meet numerous historical
figures, including Claire Chennault of the Flying Tigers, Nancy Love, leader
of the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, Generals Douglas MacArthur
and Dwight Eisenhower, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Russian Premier
Josef Stalin. A thoroughly enjoyable way to absorb history!
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The 348th was the most successful P-47 unit in the Pacific.
Ranging over the Japanese homeland, first in P-47s and later in P-51s,
the 348th completed their impressive record with honor under the
leadership of Colonel Neel Kearby. 224 pgs., 350 photos, 8½"x 11",
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350th Fighter Group
The 350th Fighter Group in the Mediterranean Campaign 2 November,
1942 to 2 May 1945. The group comprised the 345th, 346th, and 347th Fighter
Squadrons, flying against the Luftwaffe during the Moroccan, Tunisian,
Sicilian and Italian campaigns in P-39s and P-47s. 80 pgs., 90 photos,
9"x 12", sfbd.
The 8th Fighter Group in WWII. The 8th took the first P-39s into
combat against the Imperial Japanese Navy. They added victories in P-40s
and P-47s, and finally took the air
war to the enemy with P-38s over Rabaul Hollandia. 500 photos, 320 pgs.,
8½"x 11", hdbd.
P-47 Pilots Glenn Subtitled: The Fighter-Bomber Boys. Join the
Fighter-Bomber Boys as they terrorize the crack German ground troops and
battle-wise panzer divisions. Live with a squadron of these glory hungry air
warriors who dive into battle at 5mph with their bombs, and fight at treetop
level with their machine guns. Glenn vividly conveys what it was like to fly
the magnificent Thunderbolt into combat, and tells how WWIIs maniacal P-47
pilots lived life in the fast lane, on and off duty.
Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks:" 78"0015336vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="466" align="left">0015336 Thunderbolts
of the Hell Hawks:
365th Fighter-Bomber Group in Words
, Pictures and Illustrations, Barnes, Crump & Sutherland. Filled with over 500
archival wartime photographs, this book chronicles the pilots, ground crews,
P-47 Thunderbolts, bases, and memorabilia of the 365th. Includes detailed
accounts of missions along with maps and sidebars plus nearly 100 full-color
profiles of the planes. 316 pages, 500+ B&W photographs, 98 color illustrations,
11"x 8?", softcover.
The Flying Greek" 77"0022108vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="377" align="left">0022108 The
An Immigrant Fighter Ace's WWII Odyssey with the RAF, USAAF, and French
Pisanos. This autobiography tells the fascinating story of 10-victory ace Col.
Steve Pisanos, from his 1938 immigration to America; through his WWII service
with the RAF and USAAF flying the Spitfire, P-47 and P-51; the six months he
spent with the French Resistance after he crash-landed his P-51; and his return
to America. Includes a foreword by Walter Cronkite. 336 pages, 30 B&W
photographs, 6"x 9", hardcover.
4th Fighter Group in World War II" 38"0030235vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="325" align="left">
0030235 4th Fighter Group in World War II
Davis. The 4th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, destroyed more enemy planes -
1,000+ - than any other USAAF fighter group in World War II. Here, through
lavish photographs, you'll follow the 4th over Berlin, over Paris, and
throughout the war as it transitioned from Spitfires to P-47s and finally P-51s.
80 pages, 250+ B&W photographs and 10 color profiles, 8?"x 11", softcover.
0015474 4th Fighter Group
Aviation Elite Units 30
Bucholtz. Through firsthand accounts and full combat histories, this book
examines one of the best-known American fighter units of World War II: the 4th
Fighter Group, which was formed around a nucleus of pilots already seasoned by
their volunteer experience in the RAF's Eagle Squadrons.
You'll view the Spitfires, P-47s and P-51s the group flew to an Eighth Air
Force-leading 583 aerial victories; learn about the group's legendary aces,
including Don Blakeslee, Pierce McKennon, "Kidd" Hofer, Duane Beeson, Steve
Pisanos and Howard Hively; and more. 128 pages, 130 B&W photographs and 36 color
profiles, 7?"x 9?", softcover.
Thunderbolts of the U.S. 8th Army Air Force" 80"0030307vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="336" align="left">0030307 Thunderbolts
of the U.S. 8th Army Air Force
March 1943-February 1944
Szlagor. This heavily illustrated book examines the service of the Republic P-47
Thunderbolt in the "Mighty 8th" U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. You'll
read of the P-47's introduction into the ETO, of the initial problems it
encountered, of improvements such as water injection and "paddle-blade"
propellers, and of much more. 84 pages, 87 B&W photographs and 5 color profiles,
8?"x 11", softcover.
Thunderbolts of the U.S. 8th Army Air Force" 79"0030327vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="330" align="left">0030327 Thunderbolts
of the U.S. 8th Army Air Force
March 1944-May 1945
Szlagor. Filled with rare archival images and short, informative essays, this
volume examines the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt's service with the 8th Air Force
during the final phases of World War II, from the spring aerial offensives of
1944 through Operations Overlord and Market Garden; the Battle of the Bulge; and
sweep, escort, and attack missions leading up to VE Day. 96 pages, 101 B&W and 8
color photographs, 5 color profiles, 8?"x 11", softcover.
P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force" 57"0015089vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="336" align="left">0015089 P-47
Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force
Combat Aircraft Vol. 92
Bernstein. The principle fighter-bomber of U.S. forces late in World War II, the
P-47 Thunderbolt, or "Jug," flew close air support, interdiction, and bomber
escort missions. In this volume, you'll learn of the success that the Twelfth
Air Force - the first unit to employ P-47s for ground campaigns - achieved in
the Mediterranean Theater when it used rockets, bombs, napalm, and machine guns
to down bridges, blow up tunnels, and strafe trains. 96 pages, B&W photographs
and color profiles, 7?"x 9 ?", softcover.
41st Fighter Squadron - DVD" 00V8849vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="371" align="left">00V8849 41st
Fighter Squadron - DVD
Through interviews with 18 veterans, archival footage and photographs, this
program presents the history of the 41st Fighter Squadron - which flew the P-39
Airacobra, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang in the Pacific Theater during World
War II - from pre-war maneuvers, through the attack on Pearl Harbor and transit
overseas, to the squadron's service in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines,
and Okinawa. Includes an interactive Pacific Theater map and a P-39 training
film. Color and B&W, 2 hrs. 20 mins.
0019145 Wolfpack Warriors
The Story of World War II's Most Successful Fighter Outfit.
Freeman. This book vividly recounts the World War II combat experience of the
legendary 56th Fighter Group, "Zemke's Wolfpack," from its receipt of the first
P-47 Thunderbolts to enter service through its development of pioneering aerial
tactics and its successes (compiling 665? aerial victories and producing 39
aces) escorting bombers over Germany, dogfighting with the Luftwaffe, and
attacking ground targets. 288 pages, 85 B&W photographs, 6"x 9", sofcover.
0006066 56th Fighter Group
Aviation Elite Vol. 2
Freeman. One of the first Thunderbolt groups to see action in World War II's
European Theater, the 56th was also the only 8th Air Force unit to fly the P-47
until war's end. Here, you'll see the remarkable story of how - with what some
would call an antiquated airplane - the men of the 56th shot down 100 more enemy
aircraft than any other group in the 8th AF and produced the ETO's top two aces:
Francis "Gabby" Gabreski and Robert Johnson. 128 pages; approximately 100 B&W
photographs; color plates of aircraft, units and insignia; and more. 7?"x 9?",
0004155 56th Fighter Group
Davis. This heavily illustrated volume examines the complete history of the 56th
Fighter Group, from its January, 1941, formation through its action in World War
II (when it was the top-scoring P-47 Thunderbolt group), Vietnam and beyond.
You'll read about operations and tactics, top aces such as Francis Gabreski and
Robert Johnson, aircraft, and more. 64 pages, 200+ B&W photographs and 8 pages
of color profiles, 8?"x 10?", softcover.
Dogfight" 46"0015080vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="316" align="left">0015080 Dogfight
The Greatest Air Duels of World War II.
Holmes, ed. Filled with rare photographs and meticulous digital reconstructions,
firsthand accounts, information on flight characteristics and fighting
capabilities, and biographies of famous aces, this volume examines clashes
between some of the greatest fighter aircraft of World War II. You'll read about
the Spitfire vs. Bf 109, P-51 Mustang vs. Fw 190, P-40 Warhawk vs. Ki-43 Oscar,
P-47 Thunderbolt vs. Bf 109G, and Seafire vs. Zero. 352 pages, B&W photographs
and color illustrations, 7?"x 10", hardcover.
57th Fighter Group" 41"0015064vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="336" align="left">
0015064 57th Fighter Group
Aviation Elite Units 39
First in the Blue
Molesworth. This heavily illustrated volume examines the World War II
experiences of the 57th Fighter Group, from its January, 1941, organization
through its entry into Mediterranean Theater combat flying P-40 Warhawks, its
conversion to the P-47D Thunderbolt in late 1943, and its attacks on retreating
Axis forces until the end of the war in Europe. You'll learn about the group's
aces, its pioneering achievements in the fighter-bomber role, and much more. 128
pages, B&W photographs and color illustrations, 7?"x 9?", softcover.
86th Fighter Group in WWII" 42"0023957vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="323" align="left">
0023957 86th Fighter Group in WWII
Luce. Through never-before-told personal accounts, hundreds of photographs and
dozens of color profiles of the group's A-36s and P-47s, this book presents the
story of the 86th Fighter-Bomber Group, from training in Meridian, Mississippi,
through first combat action in the Mediterranean theater, to fighting over
France and Germany until World War II's end. Includes a complete victory list.
144 pages, 225 B&W photographs and color profiles, 8?"x 11", softcover.
The 356th Fighter Group in World War II" 75"0006329vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="326" align="left">
0006329 The 356th Fighter Group in World War II
In Action Over Europe with the P-47 and P-51
Miller. This is the complete history of the 356th Fighter group, known as the
"hard luck" group because its pilots strictly adhered to the principle of bomber
escort and often passed up opportunities to engage enemy fighters and increase
their scores. But as you'll see here, in their P-47 Thunderbolts and later in
their P-51 Mustangs, the action was intense as they destroyed 277 enemy planes
on 407 missions between October 1943 and May 1945. 200 pages, 450+ B&W
photographs, 8?"x 11", hardcover.
The 365th Fighter Squadron in World War II" 76"0021059vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="323" align="left">
0021059 The 365th Fighter Squadron in World War II
In Action Over Europe with the P-47
Miller. Part of the much-traveled 358th Fighter Group, the 365th Fighter
Squadron flew from bases in England, France, and ultimately Germany itself,
strafing and bombing a multitude of targets. This book presenting the squadron's
day-to-day operations is interspersed with quotes from its records, Missing
Aircrew Reports, and the men themselves - and even includes an exhaustive
appendix and nearly 200 B&W photographs of combat activities. 240 pages, 8?"x
American Eagles - Vol. 3" 43"0006275vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="335" align="left">0006275 American
Eagles - Vol. 3
P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Eighth Air Force
Freeman. This book provides an essential guide to the P-47s of the 8th AF,
profiling their service from 1942 to beyond D-Day. With superb color artwork and
many rare photographs, the author details the progression of P-47 camouflage and
markings and the specifics of key Fighter Groups. Also details "Superbolts" and
includes biographies of the aces and their combat reports. 96 pgs., 220 photos,
31 color illustrations, 8?"x 11?", sfbd.
Called to Command" 45"0032016vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="381" align="left">0032016 Called
A World War II Fighter Ace's Adventurous Journey.
Johnson. This autobiography of Lt. Gen. Gerald Johnson reveals the unique
experiences of a World War II triple ace who spent 13 difficult months in a
German POW camp and went on to be become a three-star general in command of the
Eighth Air Force during the Vietnam era. You'll learn of his exploits taking the
P-47 Thunderbolt into combat with the 56th Fighter Group; of his experiences
flying the F-84, the B-58 and the B-52; and of his days as a wing, division, and
air force commander. 240 pages, B&W photographs, 6"x 9", hardcover.
Modelling the P-47 Thunderbolt" 52"0015188vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="337" align="left">0015188 Modelling
the P-47 Thunderbolt
Osprey Modelling Vol. 11
Green. From a 1/48 scale "Razorback" in USAAF colors to a 1/32 scale RAF
Thunderbolt in Southeast Asia, this heavily illustrated book covers the broad
range of options available to P-47 builders. One of the most famous aircraft of
WWII, P-47s achieved more kills than any other U.S. fighter type, having served
in Europe, the Pacific, the CBI and over the Eastern Front. 80 pages, color
photographs, reference charts, 7?"x 9?", softcover.
Battle Colors Volume II" 44"0021078vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="341" align="left">0021078 Battle
Colors Volume II
Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the Eighth Air Force in World War II, Volume
II: (VIII) Fighter Command
Watkins. This second volume in the Battle Colors series focuses on the Fighter
Groups, Scouting Force and Special Operations units of the Mighty Eighth,
depicting all known unit insignia, tactical markings and identification codes
and diagramming approved specifications for the size and placement of all
versions of the U.S. insignia applied to P-38, P-47 and P-51 fighter aircraft.
144 pages; 600+ color profiles, insignia, photographs and maps; 9"x 12";
Millville Army Air Field" 51"0018203vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="360" align="left">0018203 Millville
Army Air Field
Images of Aviation
America's First Defense Airport.
Galluzzo. At the outbreak of World War II, the private civilian airfield in
Millville, New Jersey, gave way to the creation of "America's First Defense
Airport," which trained nearly 1,500 P-47 Thunderbolt pilots in gunnery school.
Filled with rare archival images, this photo-history examines the activities at
Millville Army Air Field throughout the war years. 128 pages, 170 B&W
photographs, 6?"x 9?", softcover.
Evansville" 47"0018115vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="356" align="left">0018115 Evansville
Images of America
The World War II Years.
Bigham. The outbreak of World War II transformed the city of Evansville,
Indiana: several corporations received major defense contracts, while a shipyard
and a factory to manufacture P-47 airplanes were launched. Here, you'll see how
citizens persevered throughout the war and learn why, as one federal official
commented, the city - not just its many defense plants - deserved the coveted
Army-Navy "E" (for excellence) award. 128 pages, 200 B&W photographs, 6?"x 9?",
U.S. 9th Air Force Bases in Essex 1943-44" 81"0036198vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="361" align="left">
0036198 U.S. 9th Air Force Bases in Essex 1943-44
Bowman. This book examines the Essex air bases used by the B-26 Marauders, P-47
Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs of the 9th Air Force during 1943-44, prior to the
unit's move south to France after the D-Day invasion.
You'll learn about the bases at Andrews Field, Birch, Boreham, Boxted, Chipping
Ongar, Earls Colne, Gosfield, Great Dunmow, Little Walden, Matching, Roydon,
Rivenhall, Stansted, Wethersfield and Wormingford, with information on the
history of each base, the airmen's favorite local wartime haunts, and what
remains today. 192 pages, 60 B&W photographs, 5?"x 8?", softcover.
RAF Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces" 60"0015029vspace="4" hspace="10" border="1" width="250" height="337" align="left">0015029 RAF
Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces
Aircraft of the Aces Vol. 93
Thomas. Two of the finest American fighters of World War II, the P-51 Mustang
and P-47 Thunderbolt saw substantial service in the Royal Air Force. This book
examines those aircraft and the pilots who achieved ace status flying them,
including Polish aces Stanislaw Skalski and Eugeniusz "Dziubek" Horbaczewski. 96
pages, B&W photographs and color illustrations, 7?"x 9?", softcover.
Report of Joint Fighter Conf.
NAS Patuxent River, MD 16-23 Oct. 1944. A must for
the buff or historian, this book covers the views of the military services,
test pilots, engineers, scientists, and a transcript of proceedings.
Discusses the qualities of aircraft such as the
P-39, P-47, P-38, P-51, etc.
in relation to their adversaries. Serving to promote cross-talk between all
aspects of aircraft fighter production and use. 6"x 9", 432 pgs., 100 photos
and charts, hdbd.
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The Memoirs of a Checkertail Ace
The biography of Herschel "Herky" Green and the 325th Fighter
Group in Europe. The story takes the reader through
Green’s experiences with P-40s in Casablanca in 1943,
his first combat missions, bomber escorting, and eighteen aerial
victories with the 15th Air Force. Absorbing reading. 278 photos, appendices,
192 pgs., 8½"x 11", hdbd.
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Flying to the Limit
Hardbound Aircraft Book
Testing World War II Single-Engined Fighter Aircraft.
Caygill. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of seventeen different World War II
fighter aircraft from the U.K., the USA and Germany in this book that examines
test results and pilots' own firsthand accounts. Covered aircraft include the
Hurricane, Spitfire, Bf 109, Fw 190, Buffalo, Tomahawk (Warhawk), Airacobra,
Mustang, Martlet (Wildcat), Thunderbolt and Corsair - all legendary types that
saw a great deal of wartime action. 224 pages, 80 B&W photographs, 6"x 9",
The Allies' air forces eventually numbered in the tens
of thousands, with aircraft better than almost anything in the Axis arsenals. By
1944, air superiority became the necessary condition for victory in Europe and,
by 1945, the decisive element in the Pacific. The author provides some
surprising conclusions, among them that the Germans almost won the Battle of
Britain. Photos not seen by PW.
Boyne resurrects the war of the skies in all its heroic and
tragic drama, while supplying insightful, expert conclusions about previously
overlooked aspects of the war, including the essential role of American bombers
in Europe; Germany's miscalculation of the number of planes required for
victory; the Allies' slow start in deploying maximum air power-and why they
eventually triumphed. of photos.
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 6, 1997)
Among the first American-built fighters to be operated by the USAAF
in Europe, the P-47's initial encounters with German fighters were not
encouraging. However, new variants and new tactics meant that by
mid-1943, the Thunderbolt was very much able to hold its own. Read
here about the P-47's evolution from "lackluster" to "favored mount."
96 pgs., 100 photos and 13 pages of color profiles. 7¼"x 9¾",
Recounts the record of Leroy Gover, a highly decorated pilot
in the British and U.S. air forces during World War II, who flew scores of
hair-raising missions, and describes Gover's life in and view of wartime
About the Author
Brig. Gen. Philip D. Caine, USAF (Ret.), has more than 4,500 hours of flight
time, taught military history at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and is the author
of American Pilots in the RAF (Brassey’s, Inc., 1993) and Aircraft Down! Evading
Capture in WWII Europe (Brassey’s, Inc., 1997). He lives in Monument, Colorado.
While much is written of the Thunderbolt over Europe, here is the
harder-to-find story of its action over North Africa and the Mediterranean.
Covers the airplane, its markings and the brave men who flew it.
96 pgs. incl. 14 pgs. of color profiles, 90 photos, 7¼"x 9¾",
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and Lockheed P-38 Lightning were vastly different
designs, but both these aircraft served with distinction in the fighter escort
and fighter-bomber role across Europe and the Pacific. The mighty Thunderbolt
was easily the heaviest single-engined fighter to see operational service in
World War II, attracting the nickname ‘Juggernaut’ (soon abbreviated to ‘Jug’)
by its pilots. The P-38 offered twin-engine security and packed a devastating
punch with its closely grouped combination of cannon and machine guns. Michael
O’Leary’s magnificent air-to-air studies of the surviving airworthy aircraft.
Publisher: Motorbooks Intl; First edition (November 1994)
Takes a pictorial tour around surviving examples of the
P-38 Lightning and P-47 Thunderbolt, the fighter workhorses of the USAF in all
theatres of the Second World War, and includes spectacular air-to-air shots of
restored models, as well as archive material such as wartime recruiting posters
and adverts, and views of aircraft restoration in progress.
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First edition (March 15, 1996)
Not as glamorous as the P-51 Mustang, the P-47 nonetheless earned
a reputation for accomplishment and durability. In the hands of skilled
pilots, the Thunderbolt was a remarkable fighter. This coverage includes
technical drawings, 100+ photos, 3-views and tech manual excerpts. 100
pgs., 8½"x 11", sfbd
A huge World War II fighter and the acknowledged champion as a late
war ground attack aircraft, the T-Bolt embodied many interesting
technical innovations that are detailed in this new volume. Includes technical
looks at razor back models, high speed versions, ground attack armaments,
troubles with aerodynamic compressibility, and more.
Exploded views, cutaway and phantom drawings from tech
manuals, cockpit photos, disassembled aircraft, rare variants and experimental
models. Included are technical looks at razor back models, high speed versions,
ground attack armaments, troubles with aerodynamic compressibility and more.
WarbirdTech Volume 23.
Debden, Kingscliffe, Alconbury– names that evoke images of
P-51s, P-47s, B-17s. This book features comparative photos taken 35
years apart, with details and anecdotes about each of the major U.S. bases
in England. Some fields are still in use today by USAFE, others are
abandoned and weed-covered, but each is a piece of history. 240 pgs., 8½"x
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of the Ninth
Then and Now
Witness a most amazing change of scenery. Here is a look at the WWII
B-26, P-47, and Glider bases in England, with superb documentation of
their original layout, construction and history, contrasted to their current
use as farms, housing tracts, private airfields and even race tracks.
256 pgs., 510 photos, 8½"x 12", hdbd.
and Thunderbolt Aces of the Pacific and CBI
by John Stanaway
Aircraft of the Aces Vol. 26
Stanaway. Although far better known for their exploits in the European Theater
of Operations, the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt also made significant
contributions to the victory against Japan. Read about the aces and the missions
– including the 8-hour marathons escorting B-29s to Tokyo! 97 pgs. including 13
pgs. of color profiles and portraits., 100+ photos, 7?"x 9?". sfbd.
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. They saw action from Rangoon, India, to the jungles
of New Guinea in 1943, and escorted B-29s on long-range bombing sorties
against the Home Islands in 1944/45. Interviews with several leading aces.
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (May 1, 1999)
With names like Zemke, Schilling, Gabreski, Mahurin and Johnson,
the 56th Fighter Group was, and still is, one of the legendary fighter
units of World War II. BEWARE THE THUNDERBOLT ( the apt official motto
of the 56th) is the story of the 56th Fighter Group in a chronological
narrative of their combat missions. Composed of heroic pilots that
aggressively took the air war into the enemy heartland in 1943, the "Wolfpack's"
P-47 Thunderbolt contrails crossed high in the upper stratosphere as they
escorted heavy bomber missions, or fell upon the enemy on the ground
as their pilots destroyed over 1000 Luftwaffe aircraft. The story is also
coupled with their post-war history of innovative Mustang missions
to Alaska, and the first trans-Atlantic jet fighter missions in the
P-80 Shooting Star. The foreword is by Hub Zemke, former commander of the
56th Fighter Group. David McLaren is also the author of Lockheed
F-94 Starfire (with Marty Isham), available from Schiffer Publishing.,
over 250 color and b/w photographs, 8 1/2" x 11", index, appendices
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (November 1, 1994)
Gr. 6^-9. Harris recounts the story of African American
aviators who fought against prejudice in the U.S. in order to become fighter
pilots during World War II. She discusses early black fliers and their
difficulties recruiting others, which eventually led to the formation of the
all-black Ninety-ninth Fighter Squadron. The group trained near Tuskegee
Institute in Alabama and eventually flew many successful missions in and around
the Mediterranean. Harris emphasizes how racial intolerances prevalent at the
time (as well as governmental insistence on separate facilities for blacks and
whites) sometimes hindered the team's operation. She also describes the
successful postwar efforts to fully integrate the military and includes excerpts
from several first-person accounts of the squadron's activities. Illustrated
with numerous black-and-white photographs and appended with a bibliography of
sources, this will make an excellent introduction to a frequently neglected
chapter in American history. Kay Weisman
Reading level: Ages 11 and up
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Dillon Pr (January 1996)
The McKissacks (Christmas in the Big House, Christmas
in the Quarters) add to their distinguished explorations of African American
history with a well-researched, informative look at the only all-black flying
unit to serve in WWII. Established in 1941, the pilot-training program at
Tuskegee, Ala., had been designed as an "experiment," without full military
support to ensure its success and with many officers predicting utter failure.
Despite segregated facilities at the base, hostile reactions from the locals and
other demoralizing conditions, the aviators trained at Tuskegee went on to fly
hundreds of missions over North Africa and Europe.
They were known as Red Tails for the designs on their
planes; they earned the nickname Red-Tail Angels with their reputation for
staying with the bomber planes they escorted. The pilots of the 332nd division,
the McKissacks point out, never lost a bomber-a record unmatched by any other
group in the Army Air Force. As the McKissacks outline the history of the
squadron, they also tell the larger story of racial tension and bigotry in the
U.S. Numerous photos, from both military archives and individual fliers, depict
the pilots and their deeds. Ages 8-12.
Publisher: Walker & Co (Lib) (October 1995)
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American Combat Aircraft of World War II
Higham, ed. Firsthand accounts from pilots and dozens of accompanying
photographs take you inside the cockpits of classics such as the P-51 Mustang,
the B-17 Flying Fortress, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the P-38 Lightning, the P-40
Warhawk and others to find out what combat was truly like in the wartime skies
of World War II. 368 pages, 73 B&W photos, 6"x 9", softbound.
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Into the Sky
A Collection of Vintage Cockpit Photographs.
Cilio. This photo-history takes you into the cockpit of vintage airplanes to
view the instruments and controls.
You'll enter the Aeronca Champion, Beechchraft Bonanza Model 35, Bellanca
Skyrocket, Boeing B-17 and B-24, Cesnna 172 Skyhawk, Convair 340, de Havilland
DHC-2 Beaver, McDonnell Douglas DC-3 and -6, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Hughes H-4
Hercules, Lockheed P-38 Lightning and Constellation, North American P-51
Mustang, Northrop P-61, Piper J-3 Cub, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, Sikorsky S-38,
Stinson 108, and many others. 112 pages, 160 B&W photographs and illustrations,
11"x 8?", softcover
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in the Cockpit
Howard Fogg - Master Railroad Artist, World War II Fighter Pilot
Fogg. Written in 1943-44, this memoir chronicles the World War II experiences of
renowned railroad artist Howard Fogg, who flew P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51
Mustangs as a member of the U.S. 8th Air Force's 359th Fighter Group. You'll
read about his 76 combat missions against the Luftwaffe, the day-to-day life of
a pilot, the strategic and political decisions that influenced the course of the
war, and more. 256 pages, illustrations, 6"x 9", hardcover.
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0036157 Fighter Bases of WWII
U.S. 8th Army Air Force Fighter Command USAAF 1942-45, P-38 Lightning, P-47
Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang Squadrons in East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and
Bowman. This book examines the World War II history of bases used by American
fighter units that flew in support of the 8th Air Force's heavy bomber forces,
explores favorite local wartime haunts where aircrew and ground crew relaxed,
shows you what remains today, and includes museum information. 208 pages, 80 B&W
photographs and illustrations, 5?"x 8?", softcover.
See also the companion Bomber Bases book, item 36156.
This illustrated history of a classic World War II fighter plane charts the
conception, creation, testing and deployment of the aircraft and its heroic
exploits in the European and Far Eastern theatres of war.
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U.S. Production Fighters of WWII
Covers in detail the eleven fighter types produced during
WWII. P-40, P-39, P-38, P-47, P-51,
Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat and others. Includes development, production,
combat records, comparative records with a chronology of combat,
and more. 608 pgs., 1000 photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd.
Out of Print Books
P-47 Thunderbolt :
The Final Chapter Latin American Air Forces Service
Dan Hagedorn, Bob Boyd (Illustrator)
***** 5 Star Rating
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The Operational Record
Although it recorded 3,916 kills as a fighter, the P-47 was later
used primarily as a ground-attack aircraft, destroying thousands of tanks,
locomotives, rail cars, and trucks. A generously illustrated tribute to
the "Jug". 100 B&W illustrations and 8 color pgs., 160 pgs., 7"x 9½",
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Thunderbolt The Republic P-47 in the Pacific Theater
The P-47 Thunderbolt was used in the fighter groups of nine
U.S. Air Forces spread across the globe during WWII. It was also
used by numerous foreign air forces. The P-47 ‘Jug’ was legendary for its
power and ruggedness as it conducted fighter sweep, bomber escort, and
ground attack missions in every theater of the war. Extensive
photographic coverage, numerous full color paintings, 64 pgs., 8½"x
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Thunderbolt In Detail & Scale Vol. 54
A photo essay of the P-47 Thunderbolt covering all production versions.
No less than ten existing Thunderbolts were photographed to show
every detail from the propeller hub to the position light on the
rudder. Includes excerpts from the original operations manual and period
photos of the P-47 in action. 225 photos, 3-view drawings and line art.
80 pgs. with 16 in color, 8½"x 11", sfbd.
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Aero Detail Vol. 14
A detailed photo essay on the P-47, including both period photos
and 220 color photos taken from four modern restorations. Engineering drawings,
cutaways, 3-view drawings - they're all here. The ultimate technical reference.
81 pgs., 10"x 10", sfbd.
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Rule the Sky Jaques & Lett.
A collection of 15 true hair-raising combat stories from the logs
of a Mustang ace who shot down five Fw 190s in fifteen minutes, a B-24
pilot after the Ploesti raid, a P-47 pilot who blasts a Nazi armored column,
and more. Illustrated, 179 pgs., 6"x 9", sfbd
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Two Tours with the 353rd Fighter Group
A personal narrative of the wartime experiences of a combat pilot
with the 8th AF's 353rd Fighter Group, 350th Fighter Squadron. Bill flew
both P-47s and P-51s and augments his interesting story with over
60 photos and stills from his own gun camera film. 128 pgs., 8½"x
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Thunderbolt Walk Around
The P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the most versatile fighters of the
Second World War, seeing service as an escort fighter and fighter-bomber
in every combat theater. This volume gives a pilot’s eye view of
the Thunderbolt, covering details seldom seen in other publications.
80 pgs., 40 in color, over 200 photographs, 11"x 8¼", sfbd
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Zero P-47 Close Air Support in Europe
Brulle. Close air support of infantry and tanks was key to Allied success
in WWII. Flying rugged P-47 Thunderbolts nearly at ground level -
or "Angels Zero" - over northwestern Europe, the pilots of the 9th Air
Force strafed and dive-bombed bridges, rail yards, supply depots,
troops and tanks. This was the most dangerous of air operations,
exacting heavy casualties. Here is a recounting of support missions
with the 366th Fighter Group, linking daily
experiences in the cockpit with events in the wider European theater.
A wonderful combination of both personal and historical detail vividly
recreates this lesser-known aspect of the air war in Europe. 208
pgs., 24 B&W photos, 6"x 9", hdbd.
Fighter Bomber Pilot
An exciting first-hand account of flying P-40s and P-47s on ground
support missions in North Africa and Italy. Few fighter bomber pilots
became aces, but they had the gratitude of the foot soldiers as they strafed
and bombed enemy tanks, guns, trains and troop columns. Photos. 209 pgs.,
5"x 8¼", sfbd.
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Aircraft in Aviation Art
Beautiful paintings of six of the most renowned aircraft of WWII:
the Spitfire, Lancaster, B-17 Flying Fortress, Messerschmitt 109,
P-51 Mustang, and P-47 Thunderbolt. Includes art by Robert Taylor,
Frank Wooton, Charles Thompson, and Craig Kodera, along with more than
20 other artists. 70 color paintings, 20 pencil sketches, 96 pgs.,
12½"x 11½", hdbd.
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Thunderbolt! Robert S. Johnson.
The story of a man, a plane and a fighter group in the deadly air
war over Europe in WWII. When Robert Johnson returned from the European
Theater in 1944, he was the highest-scoring American ace of the war.
The plane he flew was the Republic P-47C Thunderbolt, a rugged 2,000
horsepower fighter that weighed seven tons. British pilots said that
the "Jug" wouldn't stand a chance against the more maneuverable Luftwaffe
fighters. But in the hands of aces like Johnson and Gabreski, the Thunderbolt
proved itself the most deadly fighter plane of the war. 308 pgs.,
5¼"x 8¼", sfbd.
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Thunderbolt in Action
The "Jug" is presented in photos, line drawings and 10 color profiles.
Good selection is evident in the 90+ B&W photos, from first proto-types
to front line action, showing major aircraft variants and a variety of
markings. 3-view drawings of the razorback P-47D and many scratch drawings
of details. 49 pgs., 11"x 8¼", sfbd.
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The Jug and the Fork-Tailed Devil
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Wings to War
Biography of woman pilot, Teresa James. Lady barnstormer, James became
a WASP and delivered fighters and bombers to air bases across the country,
including "Ten Grand", the 10,000th P-47. Married to a bomber pilot, whose
fate she didn't learn for 40 years, her story is both dramatic and touching.
98 photos, 184 pgs., 6"x 9", sfbd.
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- Out of the Blue
Memoirs of a WWII Fighter Pilot.
Steele & Steele.
These are the memoirs of a P-47 fighter pilot whose incredible
experiences fighting against the Luftwaffe in WWII include being
shot down over the English Channel and spending 21 months as a POW of the
Germans. It's a story of commitment to country that was so typical of those
wartime years. 136 pgs., 50 B&W photos, 6"x 9", sfbd.
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Classic WWII Aviation, Vol. 4
The P-47 Thunderbolt ran contrary to all precepts of fighter
design. It was the biggest and heaviest aircraft to be powered by a single
piston engine and, at that time, it was also the most expensive.
However, calling the P-47 successful would be an understatement:
it became the most prolific of all U.S. fighters, with 12,600 of
the "D" variant alone being built. What was this plane's secret to
success? The answer is here! 160 pgs., 7"x 10", hdbd.
During WWII, Pratt and Whitney's R-2800 18-cylinder radial, the
"Double Wasp," was used exclusively for fighters and medium bombers such
as the P-47, the F6F Hellcat, the F4U Corsair, and the B-26 and
A-26 twin-engine mediums. Post-war, its reliability commended its use
for long-range patrol planes and for the DC-6, Martin 404, and Convair