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  • Mustang Aces of the 357th Fighter Groupby Chris Bucholtz; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    The 357th Fighter Group produced 42 aces, more than any other group within the USAAF. It was also the first group in the Eighth Air Force to be equipped with the P-51. Thanks to this fighter and the talented pilots assigned to the group (men such as Bud Anderson, Kit Carson, John England and Chuck Yeager) the 357th achieved a faster rate of aerial... more...

  • 4th Fighter Group - Debden Eaglesby Chris Bucholtz; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 16.95

    Formed around a nucleus of pilots already seasoned by their experience as volunteers in the RAF's Eagle Squadrons, the 4th Fighter Group was established in England in October 1942. Initially flying Spitfires, the Debden Eagles went on to fly the P-47 and P-51, becoming in July 1943, the first Eighth Air Force fighter group to penetrate German air space.... more...

  • Valiant Units of the Cold Warby Andrew Brookes; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 17.95

    The RAF's first Cold War strategic bomber, the Vickers Valiant, was procured as an insurance measure in case either the Vulcan or Victor was found to have a serious flaw. The Valiant was the equivalent of the US B-47 Stratojet, and it blazed the trail for the British airborne nuclear deterrent as the aircraft enjoyed a far more active service career... more...

  • P-38 Lightning Aces of the 82nd Fighter Groupby Steve Blake; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 17.95

    When the 82nd Fighter Group was organised in March 1942, most of its initial pilot cadre was comprised of newly graduated staff sergeant pilots of Class 42-C - enlisted men! They learned to fly the P-38 at Muroc, in California's Mojave Desert, and then moved to the Los Angeles area to continue their training and to serve as part of its air defence.... more...

  • P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Forceby Jonathan Bernstein; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    The P-47 Thunderbolt, originally designed as a high-altitude interceptor, became the principle US fighter-bomber of World War 2. First adapted to the ground attack role by units of the Twelfth Air Force in early 1944, the strength and durability of the P-47 airframe, along with its massive size, earned it the nickname 'Juggernaut', which was quickly... more...

  • 56th Fighter Groupby Roger Freeman; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 16.95

    One of the first Thunderbolt groups to see action in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the US Army Air Forces, the 56th Fighter Group (FG) was also the only fighter unit within the Eighth Air Force to remain equipped with the mighty P-47 until war?s end. Led by the inspirational ?Hub? Zemke, this group was responsible for devising many... more...

  • Down to Earth Strafing Aces of the Eighth Air Forceby William Hess; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    'Like The Long Reach, Down to Earth is a message from the battle at its height, told in their own words by the men who fight' - this is how Brig-Gen Francis Griswold, VIII Fighter Command, ends his introduction to this book. His official endorsement reveals just how important a document Down to Earth was to the teaching of tyro fighter pilots... more...

  • 354th Fighter Groupby William Hess; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 16.95

    ?I think the success of the 354th as the leading group in the European theatre for aerial victories is due to several things. First was the initial training of the squadrons before deployment to England. Colonel Ken Martin nurtured the group from its infancy, and all the excellence that later showed through could be placed at his doorstep. Despite... more...

  • P-36 Hawk Aces of World War 2by Lionel Persyn; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    The Curtiss P-36 began its life in the US where it was considered a revolution in performance design in comparison to other US fighters. Its pilots achieved some of the first American victories of the war and many went on to become aces. One P-36 pilot, Frances Gabreski, became the leading US ace in the European Theater. Yet by the time of the Japanese... more...

  • US Navy Hornet Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Part One)by Tony Holmes; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    The first installment examining the US Hornet Units' participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-present). The F/A-18 Hornet in its various guises was the 'universal soldier' of OIF, with around 250 seeing combat. Flown by various squadrons and groups, the Hornet attacked a range of targets including tanks of the various Iraqi Republican Guard units... more...