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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.

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Pilot's Man. P-47 Thunderbolt
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A reprint of the official government handbook designed to show the new cadet how  to fly the aircraft. Heavily illustrated with all the data.
$9.95

Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht

Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht
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Hell Hawks!

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.
#0019195

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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.

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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. 

Jeff,
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 of the 365th Fighter Group. They represent tens of thousands who served in similar groups.

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 accounts.
Best wishes
Bob

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Zenith Press; 1st edition (June 15, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0760329184
ISBN-13: 978-0760329184

P-47 Thunderbolt at War

P-47 Thunderbolt at War
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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.
#0015554

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P-47 ThunderboltP-47 Thunderbolt
Famous Aircraft of the World
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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", softcover.
#0030244

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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"Republic P-47 Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"
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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.
#0036232

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P-47 Thunderbolt vs. Bf 109G

P-47 Thunderbolt vs. Bf 109G
Engage the Enemy Duel 11
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Europe 1943-45
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.
#0015479

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P-47 Thunderbolt in ActionP-47 Thunderbolt in Action
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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 8", softcover.
#0030241

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P-47 ThunderboltP-47 Thunderbolt
Combat Legend
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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.
#0019103

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WarbirdsWarbirds
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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", softcover.
#0019259

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Victory Roll!

Victory Roll!
Hardbound Airplane Book.

 

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.
#0005817
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Vantage Points: A Novel of Men and Women in World War II

Vantage Points : 
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A Novel of Men and Women in World War II 
by Kenneth Libbey, Ken Libbey

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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Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (January 15, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0595168485
ISBN-13: 978-0595168484

Kearby's Thunderbolts

Kearby's Thunderbolts
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The 348th Fighter Group in World War II 
Stanaway. 

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", hdbd.
#0002589
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The 350th Fighter Group
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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.
#0001379
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Attack & Conquer
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Stanaway & Hickey. 

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.
#0001677
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p47 pilots, the fighter bomber boys
P-47 Pilots : The Fighter-Bomber Boys
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Tom Glenn
Paperback
Published 1998 

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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.

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Zenith Press (June 29, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 076030548X
ISBN-13: 978-0760305485

Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks:Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks:
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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.
#0015336

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The Flying GreekThe Flying Greek
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An Immigrant Fighter Ace's WWII Odyssey with the RAF, USAAF, and French Resistance
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.
#0022108

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4th Fighter Group in World War II

4th Fighter Group in World War II
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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.
#0030235

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4th Fighter Group

4th Fighter Group
Aviation Elite Units 30
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Debden Eagles
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.
#0015474

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Thunderbolts of the U.S. 8th Army Air ForceThunderbolts of the U.S. 8th Army Air Force
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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.
#0030307

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Thunderbolts of the U.S. 8th Army Air ForceThunderbolts of the U.S. 8th Army Air Force
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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.
#0030327

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P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air ForceP-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force
Combat Aircraft Vol. 92
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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.
#0015089

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41st Fighter Squadron - DVD41st Fighter Squadron - DVD
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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.
#00V8849

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Wolfpack Warriors

Wolfpack Warriors
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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.
#0019145

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56th Fighter Group

56th Fighter Group
Aviation Elite Vol. 2
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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", softcover.
#0006066

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56th Fighter Group

56th Fighter Group
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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.
#0004155

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DogfightDogfight
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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.
#0015080

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57th Fighter Group
57th Fighter Group
Aviation Elite Units 39
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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.
#0015064

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86th Fighter Group in WWII

86th Fighter Group in WWII
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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.
#0023957

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The 356th Fighter Group in World War II

The 356th Fighter Group in World War II
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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.
#0006329

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The 365th Fighter Squadron in World War II

The 365th Fighter Squadron in World War II
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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 11", hardcover.
#0021059

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American Eagles - Vol. 3American Eagles - Vol. 3
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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.
#0006275

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Called to CommandCalled to Command
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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.
#0032016

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Modelling the P-47 ThunderboltModelling the P-47 Thunderbolt
Osprey Modelling Vol. 11
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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.
#0015188

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Battle Colors Volume IIBattle Colors Volume II
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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"; hardcover.

#0021078
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Millville Army Air FieldMillville Army Air Field
Images of Aviation
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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.
#0018203

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EvansvilleEvansville
Images of America
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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", softcover.
#0018115

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U.S. 9th Air Force Bases in Essex 1943-44

U.S. 9th Air Force Bases in Essex 1943-44
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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.
#0036198

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RAF Mustang and Thunderbolt AcesRAF Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces
Aircraft of the Aces Vol. 93
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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.
#0015029

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Report of Joint Fighter Conf.

Report of Joint Fighter Conf.
Hardbound Book
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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.
#0003781

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Herky!
The Memoirs of a Checkertail Ace 
Green.

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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
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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", hardcover.
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Clash of Wings : World War II in the Air 
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by Walter J. Boyne 
Boyne, novelist ( The Wild Blue ) and aviation historian ( Silver Wings ), here offers a stimulating overview of air power in WW II. While intended primarily for general readers, the account will attract specialists as well. Boyne argues that air power succeeded only when applied on a large scale, and that quality was as important as quantity.

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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0684839156
ISBN-13: 978-0684839158

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Carrier Air War : In Original WWII Color 
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by Bob Lawson, Barrett Tillman (Contributor), Robert Lawson 
Filled with over 200 rare original WWII color photos of US Navy aircraft and carriers on duty.
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks International; 1st edition (May 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0879389834
ISBN-13: 978-0879389833

P-47 Aces of the 8th Air Force
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Aircraft of the Aces Vol. 24
Scutts. 

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", sfbd.
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Spitfires, Thunderbolts, and Warm Beer : 
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An American Fighter Pilot over Europe 
by Philip D. Caine 

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 England.

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.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Cassell; 1ST edition (March 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0028811151
ISBN-13: 978-0028811154

P-47 Aces of the 9th & 15th AF
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Aircraft of the Aces Vol. 30
Thomas.

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", sfbd.
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Republic's P-47 Thunderbolt : From Seversky to Victory
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Warren M. Bodie
Hardcover
Published 1994

Product Description
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.
Hardcover
Publisher: Motorbooks Intl; First edition (November 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0962935913
ISBN-13: 978-0962935916

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Thunderbolt and Lightning 
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by Michael O'Leary 
Product Description
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.

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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1855325195
ISBN-13: 978-1855325197

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 
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Warbird Tech Vol. 23
Johnsen. 

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
Book Description 
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.

Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Specialty Press (November 20, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1580070183
ISBN-13: 978-1580070188

Thunderbolt: Republic P-47 (Living History)
Thunderbolt : Republic P-47
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(Living History , Vol 7) 
Dan Patterson(Photographer), Paul Perkins
Paperback
Published 1999 

Book Description 
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. The seventh volume in  the "Living History" series. 58 color and 47 b&w photos. 
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Howell Press Inc. (December 1, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1574270532
ISBN-13: 978-1574270532

Famous Aircraft : The P-47 Thunderbolt
(Famous Aircraft Series) 
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Len Morgan 

Paperback: 54 pages
Publisher: Aero Publishers (1984)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0816856486
ISBN-13: 978-0816856480

 The P-47 Thunderbolt (Famous Aircraft Series) 
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Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Aero Publishers (June 1984)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0816856591
ISBN-13: 978-0816856596

Airfields of the Eighth
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Then and Now 
Roger Freeman. 

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 12", hdbd
#0001530
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Airfields of the Ninth
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Then and Now 
Freeman. 

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.
#0001527
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P-47 Thunderbolt (Warbird History)

P-47 Thunderbolt (Warbird History) 
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William N. Hess 

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks Intl (June 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0879388994
ISBN-13: 978-0879388997

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Aces at War
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(American Aces Speak/Eric Hammel, Vol 4) 
by Eric M. Hammel 
Hardcover: 263 pages
Publisher: Pacifica Pr; First edition (October 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 093555324X
ISBN-13: 978-0935553246

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Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces of the Pacific and CBI 
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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.
#0002227

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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. 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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1855327805
ISBN-13: 978-1855327801

Beware the Thunderbolt! : 
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The 56th Fighter Group in World War II 
by David R. McLaren 

Book Description 
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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0887406602
ISBN-13: 978-0887406607

P-47 Thunderbolt (Warbirds Fotofax) 
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William N. Hess 

Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Arms & Armour (August 1989)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 085368927X
ISBN-13: 978-0853689270

Thunderbolt : Memoirs of a World War II Fighter Pilot 
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by Marvin V. Bledsoe 
Describes the author's experiences as an Army flight instructor, the tension of flying dangerous missions against the Germans, and the difficult period of adjustment after the war, Describes the author's experiences as an Army flight instructor, the tension of flying dangerous missions against the Germans, and the difficult period of adjustment after the war.

Hardcover: 282 pages
Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold; First edition (October 1982)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0442213557
ISBN-13: 978-0442213558

 The Tuskegee Airmen in P-47 Thunderbolts
The Tuskegee Airmen : 
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Black Heroes of World War II 
by Jacqueline L. Harris 

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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0382392159
ISBN-13: 978-0382392153

Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War IIRed-Tail Angels : 
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The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II   by Pat McKissack, Patricia C. McKissack, Patricia A. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack (Contributor)

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.
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Publisher: Walker & Co (Lib) (October 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802782930
ISBN-13: 978-0802782939

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1939-45
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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Portals Into the SkyPortals Into the Sky
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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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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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Fighter Bases of WWII

Fighter Bases of WWII
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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 Northamptonshire.
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.
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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt in U.S.A.A.F., R.A.F., foreign service 
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Richard Ward 

Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publications Ltd (1968)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0850450012
ISBN-13: 978-0850450019

Thunderbolt: A Documentary History of the Republic P-47

Thunderbolt :
a documentary history of the Republic P-47 
 
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Roger Anthony Freeman 

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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.
ISBN-10: 0684163314
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America's Hundred Thousand
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U.S. Production Fighters of WWII
Dean. 

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.
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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt : 
The Final Chapter Latin American Air Forces Service 
Dan Hagedorn, Bob Boyd (Illustrator)
Paperback 
Published 1991 
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ISBN-10: 0962586013

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
The Operational Record 
Scutts. 

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", hdbd.
 

Thunderbolt
The Republic P-47 in the Pacific Theater 
McDowell. 

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 11", sfbd.

P-47 Thunderbolt
In Detail & Scale Vol. 54
Kinzey. 

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.

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
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.
 

To 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

Close Calls
Two Tours with the 353rd Fighter Group 
Bill Price. 

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 11", sfbd.
 

P-47 Thunderbolt Walk AroundP-47 Thunderbolt Walk Around
Drendel. 

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

Angels 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.
WWII Fighter Bomber Pilot
Colgan. 

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.

Classic Aircraft in Aviation Art
Markman.

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.
 

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.

P-47 Thunderbolt in Action
Davis.

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.

Thunderbolt and Lightning

Thunderbolt and Lightning
The Jug and the Fork-Tailed Devil 
Michael O'Leary.

On Wings to War
Churchill. 

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.

Thunderbolt - 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.

P-47 Thunderbolt
Classic WWII Aviation, Vol. 4
Edward Shacklady. 

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.

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