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Boyd, Bob-Aircraft Illustrations. Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. 8 3/4" X 11 1/4" 140 Pages Indexed. No defects noted to the book or the dust jacket which has an unclipped price of $28.95. Here is the definitive combat record of The 78th Fighter Group, a pioneering air unit, told largely in the words of its members. The 78th Fighter Group arrived at Duxford from RAF Goxhill in April 1943. Upon transfer from Goxhill, the group lost its P-38 Lightnings when these aircraft were withdrawn for use as replacements for units fighting in North Africa. In addition most of the 78th Fighter Group's pilots were also transferred to the Twelfth Air Force as replacements. Thus the group was re-equipped with P-47C's and remanned at Duxford. Aircraft of the group were identified by a black/white chequerboard pattern. The group consisted of the following squadrons: 82d Fighter Squadron (MX); 83d Fighter Squadron (HL); and 84th Fighter Squadron (WZ). The 78th FG was first equipped with P-47s and converted to P-51 Mustangs in December 1944. Contents in 20 Chapters: Genesis-Group Birth, California-Group Training, Overseas-England Bound, Goxhill-Combat Preparations, Duxford-Wartime Home, Combat-First Missions, Escort-Big Friends, Babies-Belly Tanks, Germany-Deep Escort, Battle for the Sky-Victories and Losses, Aerial Supremacy-Target Luftwaffe, Extended Tours-Flak Bait, D-Day-Normandy Invasion, The Battle of France-Low Level Work, Arnhem-Flak Busting, Top Cover-Escort Resumes, Bassingbourn-Temporary Base, Mustangs-New Mounts, Beginning of the End-Final Dogfights, and Airdrome Strafing-The Death of the Luftwaffe.
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