Fogg in the Cockpit: Howard Fogg-Master Railroad Artist, World War II Fighter Pilot

Fogg in the Cockpit: Howard Fogg-Master Railroad Artist, World War II Fighter Pilot

by Janet Fogg, Richard Fogg


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Renowned for decades as the world’s foremost railroad artist, Howard Fogg’s career spanned half a century and some twelve hundred paintings.

However, while his art has been welcomed for decades, few of his enthusiasts have been aware of his prior career, as a fighter pilot in the U.S. 8th Air Force during World War II. Fortunately Fogg left behind a detailed diary of his experiences, which illuminate this brief but exciting aspect of his life, as he engaged in direct combat with the Luftwaffe at the controls of a P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustangs.

Articulate and insightful, his diary offers a frank and fascinating glimpse into the life of a fighter pilot, both in the sky and in wartime England. Written during 1943 and 1944 it offers a confidential perspective of life as a “flyboy,” during which Howard flew 76 combat missions and was awarded the Air Medal with three clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross with one cluster.

Presented in its entirety, with supplementary material by Richard and Janet Fogg, and supporting illustrations from Fogg himself, including satirical cartoons, military and railroad artwork, Fogg in the Cockpit paints with a broad brush, from the smallest details of a pilot’s day-to-day existence. to air combat, and the strategic and political decisions that influenced the course of the war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612000046
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/2011
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 609,658
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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, joined the U.S. Air force for four years, including a year in Vietnam. Janet Fogg was also raised in Colorado, after her family moved from Illinois. She attended Front Range Community College and has served on the Board of Directors of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, being published regularly in trade periodicals. Her award-winning World War II novel "Soliloquy" was released in 2009. Married in 1973, Richard and Janet were honored to join the 359th Fighter Group Association while researching "FOgg in the cockpit".

Table of Contents


1: October 1943: England at Last!
2: November 1943: The Calm Before the Storm
3: December 1943: Operational!
4: January 1944: Oh, This English Weather!
5: February 1944: The Bombing Intensifies
6: March 1944: First Ground Attacks
7: April 1944: The P-51s Arrive
8: May 1944: The War Hits Home
9: June 1944: Operation Overlord
10: July 1944: Deep Into Germany
11: August 1944: Winding Down
12: September 1944: Changing of the Guard
13: October 1944 through August 1945

Summary of Action: Captain Howard Fogg
Summary of Action: 359th Fighter Group

The Postwar Career of Howard Fogg
Political Cartoons by Howard Fogg
Rough Sketches by Howard Fogg
Art by Howard Fogg

What People are Saying About This

Rene Burtner

As an ex fighter pilot I read the book with great anticipation and was rewarded with a gem. The time, places, events, and routines in the diary were those shared by all fighter pilots and they rekindle lost memories as well as enhance memories fading through time. First impression of England — the beauty of the countryside — quaintness of the villages — fortitude of the British people — the weather — sinus — blackouts — bicycles — air raids — buzz bombs — V2s — card games — billiards — briefings — missions — periods of dullness — perils of strafing — sports — hobbies — parties — leaves in London, Scotland — Flak Home — Me109s — Fw190s — Me262s — Me163s are there to be relived along with the lack of glory in war and the little time for mourning.Richard and Janet Fogg have provided well chosen information connecting the individual pilot's activities and those of the Group to the overall war effort. References to military terms are explained and timely news items are mentioned regarding the progress of the war around the world. Howard's lifelong love affair with trains and his art work combine for a very successful career as a railroad artist and we enjoy some examples of his beautiful watercolors and oils in the appendix. --Rene Burtner, 369th Fighter Squadron Leader, 359th Fighter Group

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