Thunderbolt! The P-47

Thunderbolt! The P-47

by Martin Caiden


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The key to victory in World War II lay in wresting control of the skies from the Nazis. America's most courageous pilots hurled their underrated P-47 Thunderbolts time and again against the Luftwaffe's over-whelming power, and won. This is the true story of one of the greatest Thunderbolt aces of all, Robert S. Johnson: his training, his early failures, his brushes with death and his 28 kills that helped smash the German juggernaut. Step by step, dogfight by dogfight, manoeuvre by manoeuvre, he details daring aerial exploits against monumental odds with America's fabled 56th Fighter Group, a special breed of men who changed the course of history.

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ISBN-13: 9780743423977
Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/02/2011
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Thunderbolt! The P-47 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tomdye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thunderbolt!, an autobiographical story of Robert S. Johnson, the first United States Army Air Forces WWII fighter pilot in the European theater to surpass Eddie Rickenbacker's WWI score of 26 victories.Johnson was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, the son of an automobile mechanic. He first became interested in airplanes when he was eight years old.That was on a morning in the summer of 1928, in the town of Lawton, Oklahoma. My dad shouted for the kids to pile into the car.His father took them to Post Field at Fort Sill to see a United States Army Air Corps barnstorming team, "The Three Musketeers."There were three of them. Each with double wings and a whirling propeller flashing in the bright Oklahoma sun. I first saw them as they rolled on their backs, arcing over to inverted flight¿The air show captured the imagination of young Johnson, who could not stop dreaming of airplanes and flying, and eventually an Oklahoma boy¿s dream became an American hero¿s story.Thunderbolt! will propel you though the skies above Europe, chasing fate with great courage, at several hundred miles per hour.Every Oklahoman should read this book. Every American should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Robert Johnson, an ace flying the P47 Thunderbolt. It’s a story of his flying career over Europe, told in first person, as if you were listening to a vet telling his story to you. It’s fairly short on details of the P47 itself,but that doesn’t detract from the story at all. Well done.
cbmech More than 1 year ago
Well written &gives a great insight to daily lives of WW2 combat pilots. I bought my first copy the early 60's. Then my daughter found me a used copy in 2005. Now i've bought it for my nook. I've read it many times & and each time it proves again that the jug was the greatest fighter of the war.