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of the Eighth
Then and Now
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
Price: $ 59.95
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.
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
accomplishments. Sources include squadron diaries and personal accounts.
224 pgs., 170 photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd
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.
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.
the Thunderbolt! :
56th Fighter Group in World War II
by David R. McLaren
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)
The Memoirs of a Checkertail Ace
325th Fighter Group
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.
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.
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.
PREDDY, TOP MUSTANG ACE
Joe Noah, Jr. Samuel L. Sox
352nd Fighter Group
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, email@example.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
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)
354th Fighter Group - DVD
This program presents thrilling footage of the
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack's Go Buggy
A Fighter Pilots Story
94th Fighter Squadron
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.
Out of Print
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 11", sfbd.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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