86th Fighter Group in WWII by Steve Luce

By Steve Luce

;86th Fighter staff in WWII КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Eagle EditionsАвтор: Steve W. LuceЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 144ISBN: 0-9721060-8-1Формат: pdf OCRРазмер: 61,9 mbHere is the total tale of the educational and operations of the 86th Fighter Bomber crew, 3rd Air strength and later with the 12th Air strength. the boys in addition to the machines they flew are conscientiously awarded in a entire, totally photographically documented structure. integrated are a number of, never-before-told own bills of strive against and lifestyles within the 86th, woven in with the ancient textual content researched and written by means of Steve Luce, a son of 1 of the group’s pilots Lt. Warren Luce. Profiles of decide on colourful airplane, their A-36s and P-47 Thunderbolts, are vividly illustrated via Terry Higgins. education was once in Meridian, Mississippi in 1942 with A-36s. They have been first deployed in 1943 to North Africa and later to Italy and Corsica flying the P-47 within the MTO. Early 1945 chanced on the energetic and potent 86th in France and Germany until eventually war’s finish. The unit’s whole identified victory record is released herein. discover their complete tale via this photo-rich historic presentation of 1 of WWII’s winning Fighter Bomber teams. RAPIDили IFOLDER zero

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76 Close-lip of "Miss Texas" artwork. Slt:ll . Al"lJ 11'11LIT AthlllV Yet another testamellt to the mggedness of the P-47 is this 525th aircraft which was bellied in prop still tllming. With a prop change and a few at/IeI' millor fixes it was back in action. The artwork was paillted all a cowl transferred from another aircraft. Pictllred is Carl Baranek. The British Air Sea ResClie Walms at Pisa stands lIext to a pair of A-36s IIsed by the 86th as sqlladroll hacks. Gil Hllrt of the 525th shows off "The Joker" which sports the Hamilton Standard propeller.

Benedict and crew surprised them. In three lnissions they destroyed 21 locomotives and destroyed or damaged their attached trains, three of which were loaded with ammunition. The list of damaged materiel is too lengthy to list here. As courage was not in short supply among the men of the 86th, such displays of cou rage, almost border67 'I'III~ aOi 'I'll I~ual'I'Inl (alOIJl) IN lt lt II ing on foolhard iness, were less interesting than Benedict's penchant for sleight of hand. He attempted to outdo every magician on the face of the planet by making a Piaggio P108 disappear.

Troop concentrations were hit wherever and whenever found. The most highly sought after targets were the trains running across the length and breadth of northern Italy. Colgan's 525th picked up the nickname "Colgan's Locomotive Wrecking Company". In the early fall of 1944 the Group began to use napalm tanks in addition to their standard bomb loads. According to Colgan's book, Fighter-Bomber Pilot, napalm attacks in the dead-flat Po Valley were conducted "in level flight at absolute minimum altitude.

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