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    DescriptionFrom the war-torn skies over Europe to the empty expanses of the Pacific, pilots were the vanguard of the American military machine during the dark days of World War II. Discover their experiences as numerous eyewitness accounts explore the terror, adrenalin and courage which defined aerial combat. Focusing on four elite fighter units across both the European and Pacific theaters of operations, readers gain a unique insight into the battles against Germany and Japan. The book opens with the experience of 354th Fighter Group, the first fighter pilots to receive the legendary Mustang fighter, enabling them to finally take up the fight against the German Reich. Continuing the focus on the European Theater of Operations is the story of the 332nd Fighter Group - the Tuskegee Airmen - the only all-black unit of the airforce, revealing how they rose above discrimination to be feared by their enemies and revered by their colleagues. The action then switches to the Pacific, where the crack 475th Fighter Group included amongst its ranks the highest scoring American pilots, the legendary Dick Bong and Tom McGuire. The book concludes with the story of the pilots based on Iwo Jima who risked their lives to fly hundreds of miles across the Pacific, with no hope of rescue, in order to attack the heavily defended Japanese mainland. Those who survived earned themselves membership of a unique society - the 'Tokyo Club'. In this moving and enthralling account, we pay tribute to these ordinary men who became extraordinary American heroes.


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    Title
    Wings of Courage
    Subtitle
    American Fighters in World War II
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tony Holmes
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 640 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781849082198
    ISBN 10: 1849082197
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD, JWG
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    DC22: 940.544973
    B&T Approval Code: A14204062
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, JWMV3, 3JJH, 1D
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, JWCM, NHD, NHWL, JWMV
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1D
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Illustrations note
    16 MONO
    Publisher
    Osprey Publishing
    Imprint name
    Osprey Publishing
    Publication date
    20 July 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Osprey
    Author Information
    Tony Holmes has worked as Osprey's aerospace editor since 1989, having previously served as an author/photographer for this publishing house in Australasia. He established the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Aircraft of the Aces series. William Hess is the official historian for the American Fighter Aces Association, and is one of the most highly respected aviation writers of his generation. A B-17 crewman during World War 2, Hess has written over 40 books. John Stanaway has written two best-selling volumes in the Aces series both covering the exploits of the greatest Pacific fighter of them all, the P-38 Lightning. He is also an official historian of the National P-38 Pilots' Association. Chris Bucholtz has written extensively on aircraft history. He is the aircraft editor of Internet Modeler, where he introduced his 'The Pilot and The Plane' series of long-form interviews with World War 2 aviators in 2002. Carl Molesworth has specialized in producing unit histories for the USAAF fighter groups of the CBI since the 1980s, interviewing surviving veterans from these little-publicized units.
    Review quote
    "Wings of Courage pays tribute to the ordinary men who became extraordinary American heroes during World War II... Discover their experiences as numerous eyewitness accounts explore the terror, adrenaline, and courage which defined aerial combat. Focusing on four elite fighter units across both the European and Pacific theaters of the operations, readers gain a unique insight into the battles against Germany and Japan." - "Flying Models", December 2010"Readers gain a unique insight into battles against Germany and Japan, with eyewitness accounts of campaign histories offering a fine survey of American fighter pilots' experiences from Europe to the Pacific." - The Midwest Book Review (November 2010)