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Airfields of the Eighth
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
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Airfields 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.


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The Debden Warbirds

4th Fighter Group in WWII 

P-51s of the 4th Fighter Group were the first  to escort bombers over Berlin as well as from England to Russia. At wars end they  had made over 1,000 enemy kills. The book details everyday operations of the  famous group from their Eagle Squadron beginnings to their unprecedented  accomplishments. Sources include squadron diaries and personal accounts. 224 pgs., 170 photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd

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Attack & Conquer

Stanaway & Hickey. 

8th Fighter Group

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.

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20th Fighter Group

Ron MacKay. 

Follow the WWII exploits of the 20th Fighter Group, flying their P-38  Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs over Europe. You'll read of such famous aces as Jack  Ilfrey in his P-38 "Happy Jack's Go Buggy" and Jim Morris in his "'Til We Meet Again."  But even better, you'll read of the less famous yet equally brave men who went about their task day by day, month by month. A wonderful look at what one typical  Group experienced during the war. 80 pgs., 200 B&W photos, 32 color profiles and  more. 8½"x 11", sfbd.


0887406602 Beware the Thunderbolt! : 

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

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The Memoirs of a Checkertail Ace 
and the
325th Fighter Group
Herschel Green.

The biography of Herschel "Herky" Green  and the 325th Fighter Group in Europe. The story takes the reader through Greens  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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Kearby's Thunderbolts

348th Fighter Group in World War II 

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.

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The 350th Fighter Group

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.


Joe Noah, Jr. Samuel L. Sox

352nd Fighter Group

Book Description 
This is a biography of Major George E. Preddy, Jr. who became the leading active ace in the European Theater  of Operations during World War II. When he was killed on Christmas Day 1944 by Allied ground fire, he was  the top P-51 Mustang ace of all time, with 27 aerial and five ground victories. George's younger brother, Bill, was  killed on April 17, 1945 while strafing an enemy aerodrome near Prague. A chapter is devoted to his short career  in which he claimed two aerial victories. 

About the Author
Joe Noah started writing George Preddy's biography in 1955 while he was an officer in the Air Force. In 1974 he published the first edition, Wing God Gave My Soul. In 1991 Joe & Sam Sox revised the book for publication by Motorbooks International. Joe Noah spent two years in the US Marine Corps, seven in the Air Force, and five years working for the Air Force think-tank, The Rand Corporation. Joe received a Master of Science degree from Stanford University in 1955 where he specialized in engineering-economics. He retired from his own firm in 1983, a firm that specialized in cost-benefit analysis. Sam Sox retired from his career in insurance as a certified life underwriter. The author, Joe Noah, noahbjr@kerrlake.com , April 11, 1999 The art work for the dust cover sets this volume apart.  Troy White is an aviation artist extraordinaire. He depicts the aerial battle that took place on July 29, 1944 near   Merseberg, Germany. George Preddy, leading his squadron, was credited with one Me 109; the 352nd Fighter Group
claimed a total of eight enemy fighters. Troy entitled his original oil on canvas painting "American Patrol."    Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Preddy Memorial Foundation (March 1, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0966904206
ISBN-13: 978-0966904208

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354th Fighter Group - DVD

This program presents thrilling footage of the
354th Fighter Group - the Pioneer Mustang Group - and its legendary P-51 Mustangs from November, 1943, to May 15, 1945. You'll view Maj. Jim Howard's Medal of Honor mission; an escort mission to Berlin; Gen. Lewis Brereton's D-Day message; pilot interviews; Gen. Eisenhower's historic July 4, 1944, visit and flight in a twin-seat Mustang; 354th gun camera color film; a Ju 52 landing and an Fw 190 in color; and much more. B&W and color, 2 hrs. 30 min.

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To Fly and Fight

Col. "Bud" Anderson. 

357th Fighter Group

Bud Anderson is a flyer's flyer. From flight leader with the 357th Fighter Group flying P-51 Mustangs in WWII Europe where he achieved triple-ace status with 16½ kills, to his years as a test pilot, to his command of an F-86 jet  fighter squadron and an F-105 wing in Asia, Anderson was, as Chuck Yeager said, "the best fighter pilot I ever saw." Now's your chance to read the thrilling memoirs of the famed triple-ace Anderson. 328 pgs., 6"x 9", hdbd.

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Possum, Clover & Hades
475th Fighter Group

Unit history of the 475th P-38 Fighter Group in WWII, the fastest-scoring outfit in the SW Pacific. Compiled from American, Australian and Japanese records,  included are interviews with the veterans. You get color profiles, victory lists, and  over 300 P-38s listed by serial number and pilot. 700 plus photos, 320 pgs., 8½"x 11", hdbd.



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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.

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Happy Jack's Go Buggy

A Fighter Pilots Story 
94th Fighter Squadron
Jack Ilfrey. 

Fly through the skies with Ilfrey in his P-38 as he and his unit, the famed 94th Fighter Squadron, become the first group of American  aircraft to fly from the USA to England. Thrill to the stories of aerial combat over North Africa as Ilfrey becomes one of Americas first WWII air aces. Over 190 B&W  and color photos, 3 color aircraft profiles, 128 pgs., 8½"x 11", hdbd.

Question:  What fighter group was the 94th Fighter Squadron from.


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Close Calls
Two Tours with the 353rd Fighter Group 

Bill . 

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.

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P-47 Close Air Support in Europe 
366th Fighter Group

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.

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Lightning Strikes
The 457th Fighter Group in the Pacific War, 

A richly detailed  history of the 475th Fighter Group and their P-38 Lightnings in battle. Includes a  complete Group roster and a Victories list. 165 pgs., 150 photos, 8½"x 11", sfbd.

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The 357th Over Europe

Unit history of a P-51 fighter group of the 8th AF that fought in Europe for  a year and a half. This high-scoring unit included such personnel as Kit Cason, John England, Bud Anderson, Dick Peterson, and Chuck Yeager, among others. 160 pgs., 180-photos and paintings, sfbd.

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55th Fighter Group v Luftwaffe
Gray.  The first and only definitive history of this famous fighter group, from its  earliest days with the P-38 Lightning through the acquisition of P-51 Mustangs and  the defeat of Germany. Includes dozens of first-hand accounts of air combat with Messerschmitts, Focke-Wulfs, Junkers, as well as the secret high performance Me262. 176 pgs., 200 rare B&W photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd.

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Air Group 16
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We Came to Remember.
Through archival footage and first-person accounts, this program tells the story of Air Group 16 and its pilots, radiomen and gunners who served on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-16), the "Blue Ghost," in World War II's Pacific Theater. You'll even meet the men and their families as they journey to Washington, D.C., for the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in 2004. Widescreen, color and B&W, 30 minutes.

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