Wings of Courage: Tales from America's Elite Fighter Groups of World War II

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From the war-torn skies over Europe to the empty expanses of the Pacific, pilots were the vanguard of the American military machine during the dark days of World War II. Discover their experiences as numerous eyewitness accounts explore the terror, adrenalin and courage which defined aerial combat. Focusing on four elite fighter units across both the European and Pacific theaters of operations, readers gain a unique insight into the battles against Germany and Japan.

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From the war-torn skies over Europe to the empty expanses of the Pacific, pilots were the vanguard of the American military machine during the dark days of World War II. Discover their experiences as numerous eyewitness accounts explore the terror, adrenalin and courage which defined aerial combat. Focusing on four elite fighter units across both the European and Pacific theaters of operations, readers gain a unique insight into the battles against Germany and Japan.

The book opens with the experience of 354th Fighter Group, the first fighter pilots to receive the legendary Mustang fighter, enabling them to finally take up the fight against the German Reich. Continuing the focus on the European Theater of Operations is the story of the 332nd Fighter Group - the Tuskegee Airmen - the only all-black unit of the airforce, revealing how they rose above discrimination to be feared by their enemies and revered by their colleagues.

The action then switches to the Pacific, where the crack 475th Fighter Group included amongst its ranks the highest scoring American pilots, the legendary Dick Bong and Tom McGuire. The book concludes with the story of the pilots based on Iwo Jima who risked their lives to fly hundreds of miles across the Pacific, with no hope of rescue, in order to attack the heavily defended Japanese mainland. Those who survived earned themselves membership of a unique society - the 'Tokyo Club'. In this moving and enthralling account, we pay tribute to these ordinary men who became extraordinary American heroes.

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"Wings of Courage pays tribute to the ordinary men who became extraordinary American heroes during World War II... Discover their experiences as numerous eyewitness accounts explore the terror, adrenaline, and courage which defined aerial combat. Focusing on four elite fighter units across both the European and Pacific theaters of the operations, readers gain a unique insight into the battles against Germany and Japan." - Flying Models, December 2010

"Readers gain a unique insight into battles against Germany and Japan, with eyewitness accounts of campaign histories offering a fine survey of American fighter pilots' experiences from Europe to the Pacific." - The Midwest Book Review (November 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849082198
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: General Aviation Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.62 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Holmes has worked as Osprey's aerospace editor since 1989, having previously served as an author/photographer for this publishing house in Australasia. He established the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Aircraft of the Aces series.

William Hess is the official historian for the American Fighter Aces Association, and is one of the most highly respected aviation writers of his generation. A B-17 crewman during World War 2, Hess has written over 40 books.

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.

Chris Bucholtz has written extensively on aircraft history. He is the aircraft editor of Internet Modeler, where he introduced his 'The Pilot and The Plane' series of long-form interviews with World War 2 aviators in 2002.

Carl Molesworth has specialized in producing unit histories for the USAAF fighter groups of the CBI since the 1980s, interviewing surviving veterans from these little-publicized units.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1 354th Fighter Group: The Mustang Pioneers William N. Hess

Genesis 12

Into the Arena 17

Misfortune and "Big Week" 27

Command Changes and Outdoor Life 38

D-Day and a Move to France 48

Stalemate 66

"Deutschland Kaput" 75

Part 2 332nd Fighter Group: The Tuskegee Airmen Chris Bucholtz

Tuskegee 84

The Fighting 99th 91

Airacobras and Thunderbolts 104

Enter the Mustang 113

On the Deck and Above the Clouds 122

The Toughest Month 129

Tightening the Noose 134

Grinding Down the Reich 139

Jets and Jubilation 145

Lockbourne and the End 160

Part 3 475th Fighter Group: The Pacific Elite John Stanaway

Introduction 166

"Be Joyful in Battle" 167

Huon Gulf and Rabaul 181

Long Range Over Water 202

The Philippines 216

Southeast Asia and Beyond 224

Part 4 15th, 21st and 506th Fighter Groups: The Tokyo Club Carl Molesworth

Introduction 246

The Long Road to Tokyo 248

"Little Friends" Over Japan 269

The Setting Sun 289

On to Victory 308

Appendices 311

Index 324

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