The U.S. 86th Fighter Group in WWII  (OUT OF PRINT)
The U.S. 86th Fighter Group in WWII  (OUT OF PRINT)

The U.S. 86th Fighter Group in WWII (OUT OF PRINT)

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The U.S. 86th Fighter Group in WWII

Author:Steve W. Luce
Language:English Text
Dimensions:8.5" x 11"
Pages:144 pages
Photos:200 photos, color aircraft profiles of A-36s and P-47s, plus scrap views of their spectacular nose art by Terry Higgins
Publisher:Eagle Editions
Item No. EE-011

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.