Mustang Aces of the 357th Fighter Group

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96 Pages

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Author: Chris Bucholtz

Illustrator: Chris Davey

Publication Date: 20 Dec 2010

Number of Pages: 96

The 357th Fighter Group produced 42 aces, more than any other group within the USAAF. It was also the first group in the Eighth Air Force to be equipped with the P-51. Thanks to this fighter and the talented pilots assigned to the group (men such as Bud Anderson, Kit Carson, John England and Chuck Yeager) the 357th achieved a faster rate of aerial victories than any other Eighth Air Force group during the final year of the war. It also claimed the highest number of aerial kills - 56 - in a single mission. The group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations (the unit equivalent of the Medal of Honor). Written by Chris Bucholtz, this book is crammed full of first-hand accounts, superb photography and some of the most colourful profiles to be found in World War II aviation.

Biographical Note

Chris Bucholtz, in addition to a 12-year career as a technology journalist, has written extensively on aircraft history and on scale modelling. 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 and is the managing editor of the IPMS/USA Journal. His work has appeared in Flight Journal, Air Enthusiast and Plastic Kit Constructor. He also wrote AEU 24 332nd Fighter Group - Tuskegee Airmen and AEU 30 4th Fighter Group - Debden Eagles for Osprey. Based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Chris Davey has illustrated more than 20 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Aviation Elite Units series since 1994. He is one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business and has become Osprey's artist of choice for both USAAF fighters and RAF subject matter, proving his undoubted skill when dealing with large aircraft subjects such as the Halifax.

Contents:

  • Raydon Warriors
  • On to Berlin
  • Supporting D-Day
  • Long-range Operations
  • High-scoring missions
  • Appendices
  • Ace listings
  • Aircraft listings
  • Plates commentaries

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