Thunderbolts Triumphant: The 362nd Fighter Group Vs Germany's Wehrmacht




      Thunderbolts Triumphant: The 362nd Fighter Group Vs Germany's Wehrmacht
During World War II the Ninth Air Force comprised air to ground aviators, charged with destroying the enemy close to the front and below the clouds, often bringing them face to face with their German opponents The 362nd Fighter Group, led by two very different leaders the tough disciplinarian Col Morton Magoffin and later the beloved motivator Col Joe Laughlin had one of the best track records in the Ninth Air Force It destroyed over 5000 trucks, 350 tanks, 275 artillery pieces, 45 barges, and 600 locomotives But this score came at a cost, as over the course of 15 months of combat in 1944 and 1945 than 70 pilots were killed in action and in June 1944 alone 30 of their P 47 Thunderbolts were lost The other groups jokingly referred to them as the 362nd Suicide Outfit Thunderbolts Triumphant provides a narrative history of the group and gives a glimpse at the fascinating men who flew these missions and maintained the aircraft as they navigated Europe Starting with the D Day invasion, the group was the aerial artillery support for U.S ground forces, first in Normandy, then in reducing the defenses around Brest, then in supporting the U.S Third Army as it drove across France and Germany Special emphasis is given to its most spectacular missions such as the breaching of the Diueze Dam and its incredible performance during the Battle of the Bulge where it demolished much of the Sixth Panzer Armee as it tried to escape eastward Illustrated with 150 black and white photographs and 24 color aircraft profiles, this is a fascinating and detailed history of a group that played a significant part in winning the air war. Best Read eBook Thunderbolts Triumphant: The 362nd Fighter Group Vs Germany's Wehrmacht by Chris Bucholtz – heartforum.co.uk

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      Thunderbolts Triumphant: The 362nd Fighter Group Vs Germany's Wehrmacht
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  • Hardcover
  • 230 pages
  • Thunderbolts Triumphant: The 362nd Fighter Group Vs Germany's Wehrmacht
  • Chris Bucholtz
  • English
  • 03 November 2017
  • 1612006736

10 thoughts on “ Thunderbolts Triumphant: The 362nd Fighter Group Vs Germany's Wehrmacht

  1. Marc says:

    While the 8th Air Force tends to get most of the attention for its role in defeating Nazi Germany, there were other units which played a different, yet still vitally important, role in defeating the Nazis as well Case in point the 362nd Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force.Flying P 47 Thunderbolts out of England, the group was primarily tasked with attacking and destroying most anything the Germans owned tanks, trucks, trains, gun emplacements, bridges, barracks, air fields, parked planes and p While the 8th Air Force tends to get most of the attention for its role in defeating Nazi Germany, there were other units which played a different, yet still vitally important, role in defeating the Nazis as well Case in point the 362nd Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force.Flying P 47 Thunderbolts out of England, the group was primarily tasked with attacking and destroying most anything the Germans owned tanks, trucks, trains, gun emplacements, bridges, barracks, air fields, parked planes and pretty much everything else which moved on the German side Reduction of the German fortress of Brest and help...

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