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

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

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by Carl Molesworth, Jim Laurier (Illustrator)
 

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The 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 (a postage-stamp sized volcanic island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), fly 650 miles north over the sea - often through monsoon storms - in your single-engined aircraft to Japan,

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The 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 (a postage-stamp sized volcanic island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), fly 650 miles north over the sea - often through monsoon storms - in your single-engined aircraft to Japan, attack a heavily defended target in the vicinity of the enemy's capital city and then turn around and fly home while fretting over your shrinking fuel supply and perhaps battle damage as well. If your gas held out and you were not blown off-course on your return trip, you landed back at 'Iwo' after an eight-hour flight. 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 will tell the little-known story of these brave men and their efforts to defeat the aerial forces defending Japan during the final five months of World War 2. Used initially to provide fighter escort for B-29s bombing Tokyo and other Japanese cities, the Iwo Jima-based P-51s enjoyed such success that they were soon called on to make low-level attacks against ground targets in preparation for the invasion of Japan.
The book will cover the three Mustang-equipped Very Long Range fighter groups of the USAAF's Seventh Fighter Command - the 15th, 21st and 506th FGs - based on Iwo Jima with an action-packed text, many rare photos drawn from private collections and appendices providing statistical information. These units flew some of the most colourful P-51s ever seen in USAAF, and the author has extensive photographic references available to allow Jim Laurier to produce profile illustrations of 30 P-51D/Ks in their finery.

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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:
9781846030420
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/26/2006
Series:
Aviation Elite Units Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,349,338
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Carl Molesworth has specialised in producing unit histories for the USAAF fighter groups of the CBI since the 1980s, interviewing surviving veterans from these little-publicised units. The author lives in Mount Vernon, Washington, USA.

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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