Overview

Formed with the best available fighter pilots in the Southwest Pacific, the 475th Fighter Group was the pet project of Fifth Air Force chief, General George C Kenney. From the time the group entered combat in August 1943 until the end of the war it was the fastest scoring group in the Pacific and remained one of the crack fighter units in the entire US Army Air Forces with a final total of some 550 credited aerial victories. Amongst its pilots were the leading American aces of all time, Dick Bong and Tom McGuire,...

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475th Fighter Group

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Overview

Formed with the best available fighter pilots in the Southwest Pacific, the 475th Fighter Group was the pet project of Fifth Air Force chief, General George C Kenney. From the time the group entered combat in August 1943 until the end of the war it was the fastest scoring group in the Pacific and remained one of the crack fighter units in the entire US Army Air Forces with a final total of some 550 credited aerial victories. Amongst its pilots were the leading American aces of all time, Dick Bong and Tom McGuire, with high-scoring pilots Danny Roberts and John Loisel also serving with the 475th. This book details these pilots, the planes they flew and the campaigns and battles they fought in including such famous names as Dobodura, the Huon Gulf, Oro Bay, Rabaul, Hollandia, the Philippines and Luzon.

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"The author John Stanaway does a superlative job of telling the story of the 475th. His writing style, mixed with a goodly number of firsthand accounts and official battle reports, makes it a most interesting read. This is all further enhanced with an excellent selection of period photographs and the fine artwork of Chris Davey. Aviation Elite Units #23 is one of the best around and a book I can recommend to you without reservation." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472802057
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,091,478
  • File size: 21 MB
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Meet the Author

John Stanaway has written two best-selling volumes in the Aces series both covering the exploits of the greatest Pacific fighter of them all, the P-38 Lightning. He is also an official historian of the National P-38 Pilots' Association. The author lives in Ohio, USA.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Be Joyful in Battle?     7
Huon Gulf and Rabaul     23
Long Range Over Water     63
The Philippines     86
Southeast Asia and Beyond     99
Appendices     121
Colour Plates Commentary     124
Unit Heraldry     127
Index     128
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