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P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Ninth & Fifteenth Air Forces. The story of the lesser known aces who flew the mighty Republic aircraft as a tactical fighter-bomber with the Ninth Air Force, rather than as a long-range escort.

Click to EnlargeMost Thunderbolt aces 'crowned' in Europe were attached to the Eighth Air Force, but a fair number of aviators achieved notable success with the 'Jug' while flying with groups controlled by the Ninth Air Force in England and the Fifteenth Air Force in the Mediterranean. The primary role of those fighter groups was primarily tactical ground support, but a number of enemy aircraft were downed by pilots as they waged war at low level over the battlefields of Italy, northern France, the Low Countries and western Germany. Little-known aces like the 50th FG's Capt R D Johnston, the 325th FG's Maj Herschel Green, Lt Eugene Emmons and Maj Lewis Chick, and the 365th FG's Lt Col R L Coffey all attained notable scores with the P-47D in 1944-45. This book at last gives those unsung aces of the ETO/MTO the recognition they have so long deserved.
This book charts the story of the lesser known aces who flew the mighty Republic aircraft as a tactical fighter-bomber with the Ninth Air Force, rather than as a long-range escort. It also details the exploits of the Mediterranean-based 325th FG, which was the only P-47 group within the strategic Fifteenth Air Force. Thunderbolt aces within the Ninth Air Force, particularly, were rare, despite some 15 groups flying the fighter. Supporting troops on the ground rather than searching out aerial foes, was the name of the game for the men of the Ninth. However, with the Luftwaffe often opposing such sorties through to April 1945, more than 20 pilots had the opportunity to score five or more kills and 'make ace'. 96 pages 100b/w; 40 color plates 7 x 9

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