Fighter Group: The 352nd "Blue-Nosed Bastards" in World War II

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Jay Stout breaks new ground in World War II aviation history with this gripping account of one of the war's most highly decorated American fighter groupsVivid descriptions of aerial combat in P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs, along with veteran interviews and after-action reportsThe 352nd was part of the famed Eighth Air Force and fought in the European theaterNickname comes from the noses of the unit's planes, which were painted blue

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Fighter Group: The 352nd ''Blue-Nosed Bastards'' in World War II

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Overview

Jay Stout breaks new ground in World War II aviation history with this gripping account of one of the war's most highly decorated American fighter groupsVivid descriptions of aerial combat in P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs, along with veteran interviews and after-action reportsThe 352nd was part of the famed Eighth Air Force and fought in the European theaterNickname comes from the noses of the unit's planes, which were painted blue

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"This may be the finest book yet written about the air war over Europe during World War II."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811705776
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 582,124
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay A. Stout, a retired U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot, is a senior aviation consultant for a leading defense corporation and has appeared on Fox News as a combat aviation expert. His previous books include Fortress Ploesti (978-1-932033-18-2) and Hammer from Above (978-0-89141-871-9). He lives near San Diego, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 They Were Boys First 1

Chapter 2 Birth of the 352nd Fighter Group 15

Chapter 3 To England 39

Chapter 4 Combat 49

Chapter 5 On the Scoreboard 61

Chapter 6 A New Year 83

Chapter 7 The Missions 99

Chapter 8 Fuel and Nerves 115

Chapter 9 Moral Dilemma 125

Chapter 10 March Madness 133

Chapter 11 Mustangs 143

Chapter 12 The Enemy Fighters 157

Chapter 13 The Gray Enemy 165

Chapter 14 Aces 177

Chapter 15 Victory Claims 187

Chapter 16 The Deadliest Gamble 193

Chapter 17 Failed Guns and Varied Tactics 217

Chapter 18 D-Day 227

Chapter 19 To the Other Side 241

Chapter 20 Longer Legs and Longer Missions 249

Chapter 21 Clearing the Table, Clearing the Sky 255

Chapter 22 Summer with the French 265

Chapter 23 Taking Care of Business 275

Chapter 24 Unheralded Heroics 279

Chapter 25 To the Sound of the Guns 285

Chapter 26 Grinding through the Fall 297

Chapter 27 More Mistaken Identities 317

Chapter 28 To the Continent and Tragedy 325

Chapter 29 Making History 339

Chapter 30 Finishing the Fight 365

Epilogue 389

Author's Note 392

Endnotes 395

Bibliography 408

Acknowledgments 411

Index 413

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