4th Fighter Group - Debden Eagles
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4th Fighter Group - Debden Eagles by Chris Bucholtz
Book DescriptionFormed 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. The group's record of 583 air and 469 ground victories was unmatched in the Eighth Air Force, and the group produced a cast of characters that included legendary aces Don Blakeslee, Pierce McKennon, Kid Hofer, Duane Beeson, Steve Pisanos and Howard Hively. Involved in the D-Day landings, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine, the group's achievements came at a high price, with a 42 percent casualty rate. Packed with first-hand accounts, detailed aircraft profiles and full combat histories, this book is an intriguing insight into the best-known American fighter unit in World War II.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846033216
(248mm x 184mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Chris Bucholtz
Chris Bucholtz spent six years in the navy before starting a journalism career that has spanned the gamut from rock music critic to scientific journal editor. Most recently, he's worked as the editor in chief of Forecasting Clouds, a website specializing in helping small business understand business software. At the same time, he's built a parallel career as an aviation historian and noted scale modeler, editing the U.S. branch of the International Plastic Modeling Society's Journal and contributing articles to such magazines as Flight Journal and Air Enthusiast. He's also the aviation editor of Internet Modeler (www.internetmodeler.com), where his long-form "Pilot and His Plane" series serves to tie together history and the hobby.
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