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 of the bomber escort tactics employed by VIII Fighter Command between 1943 and 1945. By VE-Day the 56th FG had shot down 100 more enemy aircraft than any other group in the Eighth Air Force, its pilots being credited with 677 kills during 447 missions. The exploits of this elite fighter unit are detailed in this volume together with photographs, their aircraft profiles and insignia.
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Looking at elite fighter and bomber units in action, these books draw on profile artworks, black and white photographs, fully detailed appendices and breathtaking first hand accounts.About the Author:
Semi-retired Essex farmer Roger Freeman is undoubtedly the most published author on the Eighth Air Force, having produced the seminal works 'The Mighty Eighth' - the most popular book of all time in 'Flypast' survey - and the 'Mighty Eighth War Manual' in the early 1970s. This is his first book for Osprey.
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Buchbeschreibung Osprey Publishing Ltd Okt 2000, 2000. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - A study of the 56th Fighter Group during World War II, who shot down more enemy aircraft than any other group in the Eighth Air Force. The group also produced the two leading aces, Francis Gabreski and Robert Johnson. The exploits of these men, and numerous others, are featured in this volume. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781841760476