Mustang Ace: Memoirs of a P-51 Fighter Pilot

Mustang Ace: Memoirs of a P-51 Fighter Pilot

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MUSTANG ACE
Memoirs of a P-51 Fighter Pilot

Robert J. Goebel

Easygoing and quick to learn, young Bob Goebel worked his way steadily through the phases of military flight training, and found in himself an aptitude for flight. Following months of rigorous operational flying in Panama, Goebel and his young companions found themselves in North Africa

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MUSTANG ACE
Memoirs of a P-51 Fighter Pilot

Robert J. Goebel

Easygoing and quick to learn, young Bob Goebel worked his way steadily through the phases of military flight training, and found in himself an aptitude for flight. Following months of rigorous operational flying in Panama, Goebel and his young companions found themselves in North Africa in the spring of 1944 with orders to the 31st Fighter Group in Italy. Just as the novices were about to join, the 31st traded its British-made Spitfire fighters for new P-51 Mustangs.

Within weeks, Lieutenant Goebel had flown his first combat missions. A steady succession of bomber-escort missions over southeastern Europe slowly and then more rapidly forced Goebel to settle in and master aerial gunnery and the mentally taxing high-speed dogfights in which he became engaged. At last, he shot down his first German fighter. And he advanced to positions of leadership, in due course leading the entire 31st Fighter Group deep into enemy territory. At length, he shot down a fifth German and thus became an ace—a Mustang Ace. And then he shot down three Germans in one day on a mission to Ploesti, Romania. He flew to Russia and back, and supported the invasion of southern France. By September 1944, he had eleven confirmed victories to his credit and was one of the 308th Fighter Squadron’s most respected combat leaders. When he was sent home at the end of his combat tour, Captain Bob Goebel was twenty-one years old.

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ISBN-13:
9781890988258
Publisher:
Pacifica Military History
Publication date:
01/25/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
952,241
File size:
222 KB

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Mustang Ace: Memoirs of A P-51 Fighter Pilot 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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In doing research for a book of my own, I have read -- and continue to read -- as many accounts of the air war over Europe as I can, from many perspectives. Mr. Goebel's book, which he was kind enough to personally autograph for me, is not just an amazing, technical account of the details to flying and fighting in what is arguably the most significant fighter plane ever developed, but also tell the story of the American spirit, as an individual, and collectively in the Armed forces, which represented an era that is the foundation of what we enjoy in a free land today. His ability to tell his story, and the story of those around him -- in America's and the world's most pivotal time in history -- is first class reading from a first class author, in addition to his being a first class gentleman and a first class American Ace. Set around the 15th Air Force's 31st. Fighter Group flying out of Italy, 'Mustang Ace' is great reading on every level. It brings both smiles and tears as you get close to real people who won or lost each day by their skill, their courage and crazy luck -- good or bad -- that often made no sense. If you like airplanes, war history and personal achievement on a scale few can imagine, then there may be other books as good, but none better. This is the real deal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Goebel's memoirs take the reader from the dreams of a young patriot to being the 'Old Man' in a squadron on the front lines in the European theatre. Infinite detail of emotions and technical accuracy enliven the facinating, moment by moment story. In-the-cockpit-seat-of-your-pants, flying while shooting real bullets at real bad-guys, make this a great read. Thoughtful commentary on the bravery of this generation who saved the world for democracy without fanfare is heart warming and real. An adventure and a coming of age story and a fine historical record. Get it and read it right now.