Down to Earth: Fighter Attack on Ground Targets: VIII Fighter Command, 30 August 1944

Down to Earth: Fighter Attack on Ground Targets: VIII Fighter Command, 30 August 1944

by Ray Merriam

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Down to Earth: Fighter Attack on Ground Targets: VIII Fighter Command, 30 August 1944 by Ray Merriam

Merriam Press Military Reprint Series

First Edition 2013

American fighter pilots of the Eighth Air Force provide their rules for conducting ground attack operations against the enemy. There was much more to ground attack than flying low and shooting up anything and everything, and these pilots tell how they did it in their own words.

An extremely rare manual published in August 1944, just when ground attack was becoming a major factor in the war across the European continent.

Original copies are very scarce; a photocopy of this manual was acquired back in the early 1980s. Unfortunately, that copy was also a photocopy of a photocopy of an original and in the edition published several years ago the photographs were of very poor quality.

In June 2001 a customer ordered a copy of that edition because he was looking for information on the unit his grandfather flew with during the war, a P-47 pilot with the 353rd Fighter Group, who is one of the pilots who contributed to this manual. The colonel was willing to loan his original for copying and also an original copy of "The Long Reach," a similar work about fighter escort operations (this second work is also now available in the Merriam Press Military Reprint Series).

Originally published 30 August 1944 by VIII Fighter Command.

76 photos

1 drawing

1 diagram

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481187800
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2012
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.17(d)

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