The three fighter squadrons of the 359th Fighter Group, based at Station F-133 northeast of London, flew 346 missions over continental Europe between 13 December 1943 and 25 April 1945. Flying in broad daylight over enemy-held territory, their green-nosed Thunderbolts and Mustangs not only protected the bombers but often embraced an even more dangerous tactical role engaging targets on the ground. In the deadly dance that ensued many a brave young pilot lost his life in the skies over western Europe, but our bombers got through and the GIs landed at Normandy.
Relying not on recollections rendered imprecise by the passage of time, or secondhand reports which inevitably lose context, A Manifest Spirit instead presents observations from the group historian, base chaplain, and the fighter pilots themselves, recorded as they occurred during the conflict. The complex operation of a wartime fighter base, the deep satisfaction of a successful mission, and the heartbreak of waiting for pilots that never returned, are presented with the clarity that can only come from contemporaneous reports.
A Manifest Spirit is a tribute to the officers that gave the 359th Fighter Group its organization and direction, the enlisted men who made it work, and above all the pilots, 121 of whom made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom.
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About the Author
Janet Fogg's focus on writing began when she was CFO of one of Colorado's largest architectural firms. Fifteen writing awards later she resigned to follow the yellow brick road, and soon after signed a contract for Soliloquy, a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit winner. With Casemate, she and husband Richard published Fogg in the Cockpit, nominated by the Air Force Historical Society for best WWII book reviewed in Air Power History. She's recently enjoyed the release of two new novels. You can learn more at janetfogg.com/.
A New Jersey native, Richard Fogg was raised in Colorado after the family moved to Boulder in 1955. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in English Literature and, inspired by his father's service, served in the U.S. Air force for four years, including a year in Vietnam. Richard was a VP and Trust Officer with a Boulder bank and then became a small-business owner. Fogg in the Cockpit, based on the wartime diary of his father, Captain Howard Fogg, lead to Richard's extensive WWII research, with a focus on the 359th Fighter Group and P-51 Mustangs. His work on A Manifest Spirit has reinforced his goal of honoring those who served.