Very Long Range P-51 Mustang Units of the Pacific War
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Very Long Range P-51 Mustang Units of the Pacific War

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by Carl Molesworth, Jim Laurier
     
 

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These pilots called themselves the 'Tokyo Club'. It was a simple task to become a member. All you had to do was strap yourself into a heavily loaded P-51 Mustang, take off from Iwo Jima, fly 650 miles north over the sea - often through monsoon storms - in your single-engined aircraft to Japan, attack a heavily defended target and then turn around and fly home

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These pilots called themselves the 'Tokyo Club'. It was a simple task to become a member. All you had to do was strap yourself into a heavily loaded P-51 Mustang, take off from Iwo Jima, fly 650 miles north over the sea - often through monsoon storms - in your single-engined aircraft to Japan, attack a heavily defended target and then turn around and fly home despite a shrinking fuel supply and perhaps battle damage as well. Do it once and you earned membership in the club. Do it 15 times and you earned a trip home. But make one mistake or have one touch of bad luck, and you had a very good chance of ending up dead. This book tells the little-known story of these brave men and their efforts to defeat the aerial forces defending Japan.

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“Provides a riveting combat history joining others in the 'Aviation Elite Units' series.” —Library Bookwatch

“Over in England, Osprey just keeps cranking out high-quality aviation books under the editorship of Tony Holmes... [This book is] in Osprey's Aviation Elite series and features the usual blend of concise text, good quality black and white photos, and numerous color profiles... The sage of the Very Long Range P-51s has been overlooked by historians... Most of the photographs have not been publishing and there are numerous good stories in the volume... recommended.” —Jim Larsen, Mustangs International

“I highly recommend this title.” —Fred Rick Boucher, AeroScale (September 2006)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782005483
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/20/2012
Series:
Aviation Elite Units , #21
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
849,378
File size:
23 MB
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Meet the Author

A resident of Mount Vernon, Washington, USA, Carl Molesworth is an editor and writer for Reed Elsevier. He has been researching and writing about fighter operations in World War 2 for more than 25 years. His six previous titles include three books in Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series, namely P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBI, P-40 Warhawk Aces of the MTO, and P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific (all have reprinted at least once). In 2004, he won a Gold Award for his writing in the Trade Association Business Publications International's annual competition.

Artist Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating art work on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes.
Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.

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Very Long Range P-51 Mustang Units of the Pacific War 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This is another book in Osprey Publishing's line covering aviation elite units. It covers of 21st, 15th and 506th fighter groups of the VII Fighter Command (the 'Sun Setters')which flew VLR missions from Iwo Jima to Japan and back toward the end of WWII. Because it is a relatively small book, it is not a exhaustive unit history, but a condensed version covering the units' highlights. What I appreciated (and appreciate about all Osprey aviation titles) is the numerous reference photos of the pilots and planes, and the aircraft profiles. For those interested in the air war of the Pacific theatre, it is a nice a beginning reference to the more exhaustive unit histories such as the 'Pineapple Air Force: Pearl Harbor to Tokyo' and 'Long Campaign: The History of the 15th Fighter Group in World War II'. Recommended