The 86th Fighter Group in WWII

Luce, Steve

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BRAND NEW Oversized Laminated Hardcover -144pp - 200 Photos - Color Profiles - The men as well as the machines they flew are carefully presented in a comprehensive, fully photographically documented format. Included are numerous, never-before-told personal accounts of combat and life in the 86th, woven in with the historical text researched and written by Steve Luce, a son of one of the group's pilots Lt. Warren Luce. Profiles of select colorful aircraft, their A-36s and P-47 Thunderbolts, are vividly illustrated by Terry Higgins. Training was in Meridian, Mississippi in 1942 with A- 36s. They were first deployed in 1943 to North Africa and later to Italy and Corsica flying the P-47 in the MTO. Early 1945 found the active and effective 86th in France and Germany until war's end. The unit's complete known victory list is published herein. Explore their entire story through this photo-rich historical presentation of one of WWII's successful Fighter Bomber Groups A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This volume is the commemoration of the sacrifices and dedication of a group of extremely courageous, though largely unheralded young men who volunteered to answer a call, and to prosecute to its finish, in a manner up close and very personal, a war not of their making so as to make the world free of tyranny and a safer, better place in which to live. Written by Steve Luce, whose father Warren was a P-47 pilot with the 527th Fighter Squadron of the 86th FG, their story is presented by over 225 photographs from the personal photo albums of the 86th FG veterans, most never before published and with personal stories about their war experiences. This is the story of the men and machines of the 86th Fighter-Bomber Group, 12th Air Force. The 86th was operationally assigned only two aircraft during WW II. From their combat debut in early July, 1943, out of Korba, Tunisia and later based out of Italy, until the summer of 1944 they flew the North American A-36 Apache or Invader. They also flew a small number of the straight P-51, the cannon-armed version of the same airframe, for pinpoint demolition work where the Browning .50 caliber weapon, of which the A-36 carried six, was considered too light, and bombs were considered too inaccurate. From the summer of 1944 until VE-Day they flew the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. In the interim between official assignments, they filled in with P-40s.

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