56th Fighter Group
By (author) Roger A. Freeman
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56th Fighter Group by Roger A. Freeman
Book DescriptionOne 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 was the only unit within the Eighth Air Force to remain equipped with the mighty P-47 until the War's end. This group was responsible for devising many of the bomber escort tactics employed by VIII Fighter Command between 1943 and 1945. By the War's end the 56th Fighter Group had shot down more enemy aircraft than any other group in the Eighth Air Force, its pilots being credited with 674.5 kills during 447 missions. The group also produced the ETO's two leading aces, Francis Gabreski and Robert Johnson. The exploits of these men, and numerous others, are featured in this volume, which is the second in a series focusing on the elite fighter and bomber units in action.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841760476
(248mm x 184mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roger A. Freeman
Wolfpack Warriors, Paperback (April 2009)
"Beware the Thunderbolt!" With that motto, the pilots of the U.S. Eighth Air Force's 56th Fighter Group--also known as Zemke's Wolfpack--took to the skies above Europe in their P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, escorting bombers into Germany, dogfighting with the Luftwaffe, and conducting ground-attack missions.
Bases of Bomber Command Then and Now, Hardback (November 2001)
Sixty years ago over 100 aerodromes in east and north-eastern England were occupied by the men and machines of RAF Bomber Command. This book describes the physical development, construction and operational history of every airfield It is illustrated with wartime and present-day aerial photographs.
UK Airfields of the Ninth, Hardback (May 1994)» View all books by Roger A. Freeman
This work looks at the airfields of the USAAF Ninth which were charged with the support of ground forces in the invasion of Normandy. The Ninth fielded a variety of aircraft, operating from over 60 airfields in Britain, and in this work these airfields are both explored and photographed.
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Author Biography - Roger A. Freeman
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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