Lost in the air combat and air ace fanfare of World War II was the dangerous, unheralded, and vital role played by USAAF fighter-bomber pilots over the Mediterranean and northwest Europe. Four times as many pilots were lost during strafing and ground attack sorties than were lost against the Luftwaffe in aerial combat. This extensive book is the first in-depth examination of American air-to-ground attack and explores numerous aspects of the subject. The three priorities of the fighter-bomber - air superiority, interdiction and close air support along with combat reports and pilot narratives - are put into the context of the various ground operations.I radio this fact to my leader and he slides over to look at my ship. ... No engine, no gauges I go over the bail out procedure in my mind; disconnect all hoses and wires that connect me to the cockpit before ... the dents in my wings and the scrapes put in the Mustanga#39;s belly by the loose PSP when an American jeep arrived.
|Title||:||American fighter-bombers in World War II|
|Author||:||Dr. William Wolf|
|Publisher||:||Schiffer Publishing - 2003|