Pursue And Destroy: 8Th Air Force'S Fighter Group In Ww Ii

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  • Publish Date: 1978-06-01
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Leonard "Kit" Carson

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From dust jacket notes: The story of the 8th Air Force's Fighter Groups in WWII, told by P-51 ace, Leonard 'Kit' Carson (Col. USAF Ret.) a man who was there, who lived it, and now, for the fight time, does for the fighter pilots of the 8th, what several writers have already done for its bomber crews. 'Pursue and Destroy!' is also the developmental and operational story of the P-51 Mustang, leading to its use as the most effective strategic escort fighter ever built. Illustrated by over 400 superb photographs and drawings, many of which have never been seen before, 'Pursue and Destroy!' is the tale of a unique breed of men, who built a doctrine of fighter supremacy and made it work against the most formidable ground and air defenses yet devised. It is also ta testimonial to a generation of fighter pilots who carried out General Jimmy Doolittle's order, 'to pursue and destroy the enemy, wherever you find him!' The story of a fighter command that swept the skies clear of German aircraft during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a feat unprecedented in the annals of warfare, of men who flew from England in single engine airplanes, ranging as far as Poland and Czechoslovakia, to defeat the veteran pilots of the Luftwaffe over their own soil. All of it is told in brilliant detail and prose by a man, who not only was one of the 8th's leading fighter aces, with 22 victories, but also a bonafide flight test engineer and aerodynamicist, who later went on to head the Wright Field Wind Tunnel Branch....

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