Author: Paul B. Cora
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
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Yellowjackets from the Author: Paul B. Cora. Yellowjackets! The 361st Fighter Group in World War II is a narrative history of a combat unit attached to the U.S. 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations from December 1943 through the end of the war in Europe.

The 479th Fighter Group In World War Ii

Author: Terry A. Fairfield
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Size: 44.14 MB
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The 479th Fighter Group In World War Ii from the Author: Terry A. Fairfield. This book is the result of nearly six years of research, gathering of materials and interviews. It presents a chronological listing of the 479th Fighter Group's activities during the World War II era, from its beginnings until its deactivation. Based upon a summation of the group's historical records, the account also contains personal anecdotes provided by many of the group's former members as well as over 650 photos that serve to illustrate the narration. Hopefully through the assemblage of this information the memory of the group and the men who comprised the living, lifeblood of the 479th FG will be better known and remembered by future generations.

United States Air Force And Its Antecedents

Author: James T. Controvich
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810850101
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United States Air Force And Its Antecedents from the Author: James T. Controvich. This bibliography lists published and printed unit histories for the United States Air Force and Its Antecedents, including Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, Squadrons, Aviation Engineers, and the Women's Army Corps.

American Raiders

Author: Wolfgang W. E. Samuel
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781604731361
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American Raiders from the Author: Wolfgang W. E. Samuel. World War II Cold War . At the close of World War II, Allied forces faced frightening new German secret weapons--buzz bombs, V-2s, and the first jet fighters. When Hitler's war machine began to collapse, the race was on to snatch these secrets before the Soviet Red Army found them. The last battle of World War II, then, was not for military victory but for the technology of the Third Reich. In American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets Wolfgang Samuel assembles from official Air Force records and survivors' interviews the largely untold stories of the disarmament of the once mighty Luftwaffe and of Operation Lusty--the hunt for Nazi technologies. In April 1945 American armies were on the brink of winning their greatest military victory, yet America's technological backwardness was shocking when measured against that of the retreating enemy. Senior officers, including the Commanding General of the Army Air Forces Henry Harley Hap Arnold, knew all too well the seemingly overwhelming victory was less than it appeared. There was just too much luck involved in its outcome. Two intrepid American Army Air Forces colonels set out to regain America's technological edge. One, Harold E. Watson, went after the German jets; the other, Donald L. Putt, went after the Nazis' intellectual capital--their world-class scientists. With the help of German and American pilots, Watson brought the jets to America; Putt persevered as well and succeeded in bringing the German scientists to the Army Air Forces' aircraft test and evaluation center at Wright Field. A young P-38 fighter pilot, Lloyd Wenzel, a Texan of German descent, then turned these enemy aliens into productive American citizens--men who built the rockets that took America to the moon, conquered the sound barrier, and laid the foundation for America's civil and military aviation of the future. American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets details the contest won, a triumph that shaped America's victories in the Cold War. Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, is the author of German Boy: A Refugee's Story, I Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen, and The War of Our Childhood: Memories of World War II, all published by University Press of Mississippi. He lives in Fairfax Station, Virginia."

Happy Jack S Go Buggy

Author: Jack Ilfrey
Publisher: Behrman House Publishing
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Happy Jack S Go Buggy from the Author: Jack Ilfrey. This autobiography was originally written in 1946 by eight-victory WWII Fighter Ace, Jack Ilfrey. This new edition has been expanded with many new photographs (many never before published), a special color photo section, and three detailed aircraft profile paintings.

Flight Artworks

Author: Gary Eason
ISBN: 9781320369176
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Flight Artworks from the Author: Gary Eason. Collected in book form for the first time – and also available as an ebook – are some of Gary Eason's acclaimed Flight Artworks: carefully researched and crafted photorealistic pictures of historical air combat. This first volume presents images of WWII scenes, selected from artworks created since 2011."From my point of view as a pilot for the last 43 years and an RAF fighter pilot for 30 years, the realism he captures is uncanny ...". - Squadron Leader Clive Rowley MBE RAF (Retd)Third edition, September 2015

The 467th Bombardment Group H In World War Ii

Author: Perry Watts
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764321658
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The 467th Bombardment Group H In World War Ii from the Author: Perry Watts. In this new 8th Air Force unit history, Perry Watts sets out the history of the USAAF 467th Heavy Bombardment Group, which was based at Rackheath, Norfolk, in the east of England, during 1944-1945. In contrast to the operational focus of many books on the USAAF in the period, the author presents the B-24 Liberator Groups story as a seamless whole. The main feature of this work lies in its usage of a wealth of primary sources, ranging from contemporaries diaries and notes of airmen of every rank from private to deputy base commander, to USAAF official records of incidents and occurrences in the line of duty. To date, many of the works on this subject have relied on secondary borrowing or hearsay this book lets the men who were there speak for themselves with their own voices. Yet while offering direct access to their experience, it also is unafraid to note ambiguities in accounts where these should be noted and to present all available information to enable the readers to decide for themselves.

Vanished Hero

Author: Jay Stout
ISBN: 9781612003955
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Vanished Hero from the Author: Jay Stout. A hell-bent-for-leather fighter pilot, Elwyn G. Righetti remains one of the most unknown, yet compelling, colorful and controversial commanders of World War II.Arriving late to the war, he led the England-based 55th Fighter Group against the Nazis during the closing months of the fight with a no-holds-barred aggressiveness that transformed the group from a middling organization into a headline-grabbing team that had to make excuses to no one. Indeed, Righetti''s boldness paid off as he quickly achieved ace status and additionally scored more strafing victories--27--than any other Eighth Air Force pilot.However, success came at a high cost in men and machines. Some of Righetti''s pilots resented him as a Johnny-come-lately intent on winning a sack of medals at their expense. But most lauded their spirited new commander and his sledgehammer audacity. Indeed, he made his men most famous for "loco busting," as they put more than six hundred enemy locomotives out of commission--170 in just two days! Ultimately, Righetti''s calculated recklessness ran full speed into the odds. His aircraft was hit while strafing an enemy airfield only four days before the 55th flew its last mission. Almost farcically aggressive to the end, he coaxed his crippled fighter through one more firing pass before making a successful crash landing. Immediately, he radioed his men that he was fine and asked that they reassure his family. Righetti was never heard from again.Vanished Hero tells the story of this remarkable man and the air war that he and his comrades fought, while examining his possible fate.REVIEWS "Honoring a commitment to a dying researcher, aviation historian Jay Stout picked up all the loose ends regarding the mysterious disappearance of the hard-driving Lieutenant Colonel Elwyn Righetti and fashioned a superb, edge-of-the-seat account of Righetti''s stellar combat career during the final months of the air war against Germany. This book is filled with the kind of attention to detail that we''ve come to expect from Jay Stout." --Eric Hammel, Military History Author Former fighter pilot Jay A. Stout continues to prove why he is one of the leading military aviation historians with his latest effort, Vanished Hero. He blends his storytelling talents with meticulous research of both family and military archives to reconstruct the moving true story of one of America''s lesser remembered fighter aces. The saga of aggressive fighter commander Elwyn Righetti is presented with a superb blend of details of both the big picture in Europe during the closing stages of World War II and insightful facts on the aircraft, tactics, and strategies employed by both Germany and America.--Stephen L. Moore, author of As Good as Dead: The True WWII Story of Eleven American POWs Who Escaped from Palawan IslandAs a fellow historian and author on World War II aviation subjects, who has conducted hundreds of interviews with combat pilots, I was quite pleased with Jay Stout''s latest release. His attention to detail regarding aircraft, missions, historical accuracy, background and human interaction does not hinder the flow or the quality of this excellent, well proportioned and well-balanced biography of a remarkable yet almost unknown American fighter pilot, P-51 Mustang ace Lt Col Elwyn Guido Righetti. Add this to your collection of great books, and provide it a prominent place in your library. --Colin Heaton, Co-Author of The Star of Africa: The Story of Hans Marseille, the Rogue Luftwaffe Ace who Dominated the WW II Military historian Jay Stout has given us a rare gift: a look inside the heart and mind of a lost warrior from the Greatest Generation. In intimate detail, Vanished Hero explores the life and legacy of Col. Elwyn Righetti, who blazed a brief and valorous trail through the skies of wartime Europe. Vanished Hero is a welcome addition to the pantheon of America''s WWII literature. --Robert Gandt, author of The Twilight Warriors, Intrepid, and Angels in the Sky

The Dakota Hunter

Author: Hans Wiesman
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1612002595
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The Dakota Hunter from the Author: Hans Wiesman. This book tells the story of a Dutch boy who grew up during the 1950s in post-war Borneo, where he had frequent encounters with an airplane, the Douglas DC-3, aka the C-47 Skytrain or Dakota of World War II fame. For a young boy living in a remote jungle community, the aircraft reached the proportions of a romantic icon, as the essential lifeline to a bigger world for him, the beginning of a special bond. In 1957 his family left the island, and all its residual wreckage of World War II, and he attended college in The Hague. After graduation he started a career as a corporate executive, and met the aircraft again during business trips to the Americas. His childhood passion for the Dakota flared up anew, and the fascination pulled like a magnet. As if predestined, or maybe just looking for an alibi to come closer, he began a business to salvage and convert Dakota parts, which meant first of all finding them. As the demand for these war relic parts and cockpits soared, he began to travel the world to track down surplus, crashed or derelict Dakotas. He ventured deeper and deeper into remote mountains, jungles, savannas and the seas where the planes are found, usually as ghostly wrecks but sometimes still in full commercial operation. In hunting the mythical Dakota he often encountered intimidating or dicey situations in countries plagued by wars or revolts, others by arms and narcotics trafficking, warlords and con men. This book describes his multiple expeditions in search of the remains of the Dakota legend. It takes the reader to some of the remotest spots in the world, but once there one is often greeted by the comfort of what was once the WestÍs apex in transportation„however now haunted by the courageous airmen of the past.

All The Way To Berlin

Author: James Megellas
Publisher: Presidio Press
ISBN: 0307414485
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All The Way To Berlin from the Author: James Megellas. In mid-1943 James Megellas, known as “Maggie” to his fellow paratroopers, joined the 82d Airborne Division, his new “home” for the duration. His first taste of combat was in the rugged mountains outside Naples. In October 1943, when most of the 82d departed Italy to prepare for the D-Day invasion of France, Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, the Fifth Army commander, requested that the division’s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Maggie’s outfit, stay behind for a daring new operation that would outflank the Nazis’ stubborn defensive lines and open the road to Rome. On 22 January 1944, Megellas and the rest of the 504th landed across the beach at Anzio. Following initial success, Fifth Army’s amphibious assault, Operation Shingle, bogged down in the face of heavy German counterattacks that threatened to drive the Allies into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Anzio turned into a fiasco, one of the bloodiest Allied operations of the war. Not until April were the remnants of the regiment withdrawn and shipped to England to recover, reorganize, refit, and train for their next mission. In September, Megellas parachuted into Holland along with the rest of the 82d Airborne as part of another star-crossed mission, Field Marshal Montgomery’s vainglorious Operation Market Garden. Months of hard combat in Holland were followed by the Battle of the Bulge, and the long hard road across Germany to Berlin. Megellas was the most decorated officer of the 82d Airborne Division and saw more action during the war than most. Yet All the Way to Berlin is more than just Maggie’s World War II memoir. Throughout his narrative, he skillfully interweaves stories of the other paratroopers of H Company, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The result is a remarkable account of men at war. From the Hardcover edition.