Spitfires and Yellow Tail Mustangs
The 52nd Fighter Group in World War II
Spitfires and Yellow Tail Mustangs by Thomas G. Ivie
Book DescriptionThe USAAF 52nd Fighter Group enjoyed an outstanding record in World War II, but to date its story has never been told. Activated in January 1941, it moved to England in July 1942 for an assignment with the Eighth Air Force. It flew combat missions in Spitfires to France during the summer of 1942 before being reassigned to the invasion force attacking North Africa in November 1942. After moving to North Africa it was assigned to the Twelfth Air Force and was again equipped with Spitfires. As part of the Twelfth Air Force it flew combat missions in the Tunisian campaign, and during the invasion of Sicily. In mid-1944 the 52nd was reassigned to the Fifteenth Air Force and converted to P-51 Mustangs. During the remainder of the war it flew bomber escort and strafing missions to targets in Italy, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, and Yugoslavia. For its outstanding service the Group was twice awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation. During its long campaign the Group destroyed more than 425 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and damaged 135 plus many more on the ground. The 52nd Fighter Group produced 21 Aces.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781902109435
(297mm x 210mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Hikoki Publications
Publisher: Hikoki Publications
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Nicknamed the "Bluenosed Bastards of Bodney" due to the garish all-blue noses of their P-51s and their wartime base in Norfolk, the 352nd was one of the most successful fighter groups in the Eighth Air Force. Their exploits are charted here in this illustrated book.
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