Very nice, clean book with just a small bit of wear to tail of spine which in no way impinges on the binding. There is no spine crease and pages are tightly bound. The fault cinsists of a small crease to front cover and a small closed tear. Book measures 8-1/2" x 11" and has 156 pages printed on quality coated paper. Book is SIGNED and inscribed by author to a Medina, Ohio artist which reads thus," For ----- Thank you very much for your help. Vic Tannehill." Book is illustrated throughout with historical black and white photographs, maps, and charts. Covers the years from August 8, 1943 to May 20, 1945. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: From November, 1944, to May, 1945, the last seven months of World War II in Europe, nearly 30,000 American and French airmen fought together in the First Tactical Air Force (Provisional) a unique organization born of expediency. This book tells their story.
First TACAF was hastily formed in southeastern France to provide air support and cooperation with the Franco-American Sixth Army Group which included the U.S. Seventh Army and the French First Army.
Major units assigned were XII Tactical Air Command, controlling five former Twelfth and Ninth Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt groups through its 64th Fighter Wing; the First French Air Corps (FFAC) with its three P-47 groups; four B-26 Marauder groups, two from the Twelfth and two from FFAC's II Brigade de Bombardment, all under 42nd Bomb Wing; and, the Western French Air Forces (WFAF).
This is a chronological account of the ground and air war along the often forgotten southern front. Tannehill writes of the many difficulties the provisional air force faced. Its units got few replacements, aircrew had to continue to fly combat missions without relief and many of its ground and support personnel were tiring after being overseas for 24 months. Its aircraft were war-weary. Supplies were hard to get. Bad weather was the worst problem. Europe was experiencing its most severe winter in 30 years, with record-breaking cold, snow, ice and fog. Still, aircraft were serviced and flown even in "unflyable" conditions. The provisional air force was hampered by lack of continuity in leadership: it had three different commanding officers. An "ad hoc" force to begin with, it was loosely organized with a sometimes blurred chain-of-command due to the fluid front, often chaotic combat situations and fighter groups coming and going.
Virtually unknown and usually unsung, First TACAF was a necessarily cobbled-together amalgamation of U.S. and French, vastly different in organization, leadership styles, language and temperament. This book is a tribute to the aircrew, ground crew and Service squadron men of the provisional air force who worked together so successfully in carrying out their duties.
Tannehill draws on research into Official records, personal diaries and interviews with veterans for First TACAF. The book has nearly 500 black-and-white photographs of people, places and planes--most never before published. Included are eight pages of color photos and aircraft profiles. Numerous "sidebar" stories, plus charts, maps and artwork, give an in-depth look at combat action. First TACAF is 8 1/2" x 11" x 1/2", printed on glossy stock, softbound with color card covers.
Title: First TACAF First Tactical Air Force in ...
Publisher: Boomerang Publishersd
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Presumed First.
Book Description Boomerang Publishers, Arvada, CO, 1998. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good +. 1st Printing. First printing, trade paperback, inscribed by author on first page, has tiny peel to front edge of spine at base, very slight wear to spine ends and corners, touch of faint edgewear, and a hint of very faint rubbing, otherwise a bright, clean, VG+ copy. Inscribed By Author. Bookseller Inventory # 90553
Book Description Boomerang Publishers, U.S.A., 1998. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Oversized trade paperback is very good with shelfwear and bumped corners. A nice example of a very scarce book. Expedited international shipping is not available. The delivery expectation for international shipping is 7-32 business days, depending upon customer location. Bookseller Inventory # 007560