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Mustang Aces of the 357th Fighter Group: 96 (Aircraft of the Aces) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Bucholtz , Chris Davey
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Book Description

The 357th Fighter Group produced 42 aces, more than any other group within the USAAF. It was also the first group in the Eighth Air Force to be equipped with the P-51. Thanks to this fighter and the talented pilots assigned to the group (men such as Bud Anderson, Kit Carson, John England and Chuck Yeager) the 357th achieved a faster rate of aerial victories than any other Eighth Air Force group during the final year of the war. It also claimed the highest number of aerial kills – 56 – in a single mission. The group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations (the unit equivalent of the Medal of Honor). Written by Chris Bucholtz, this book is crammed full of first-hand accounts, superb photography and some of the most colorful profiles to be found in World War II aviation.

Editorial Reviews


"[The book] is superbly illustrated with the profile work of Chris Davey as well as a number of excellent photos of pilots and planes gleaned from a number of sources ... In all, it makes for a fascinating read and a book that will be read over and over again." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

"...a very good book for the modeler, an enjoyable read, inspirational photos and profiles. A book that deceased unit historian, Merle Olmsted would be proud to put his name on." - Floyd S. Werner Jr., IPMS/USA

Through fine research and writing, Mr. Bucholtz reveals the triumphs, tragedies, heroism, accomplishments of that outstanding team of aerial gladiators." -Frederick Boucher, Armorama

"Histories of the aircraft, the pilots who flew them, and the missions they embarked upon make for a fine blend of aircraft and military history, with first-hand accounts and extensive archival photos enhancing the coverage." - The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Chris Bucholtz spent six years in the navy before starting a journalism career that has spanned the gamut from rock music critic to scientific journal editor. Most recently, he's worked as the editor in chief of Forecasting Clouds, a website specializing in helping small business understand business software. At the same time, he's built a parallel career as an aviation historian and noted scale modeler, editing the U.S. branch of the International Plastic Modeling Society's Journal and contributing articles to such magazines as Flight Journal and Air Enthusiast. He's also the aviation editor of Internet Modeler (, where his long-form "Pilot and His Plane" series serves to tie together history and the hobby. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 3669 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHWCW20
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite essential... February 13, 2011
By N. Page
My guess is that had this been the first ever Osprey Aces title then we might all be raving about it - as it is, it isn't and we aren't, probably for the reasons already mentioned elsewhere - the 357th has been more than adequately covered in print on many previous occasions and Merle Olmsted even has a 400 page Eagle Editions hardback on the unit to his name. Not only that but the Osprey Aces format is looking tired and dated nowadays. And much of this volume has already been covered in previous 'Aces' volumes. Pictures are small and dark, and while an effort has been made with the profiles they are still not up to the quality of the artwork in the Squadron Signal volume by James Roeder entitled '357th Fighter Group'. The author is a more than decent writer and I am looking forward to his T'bolt 365th FG volume also by Osprey, but really this particular volume is a bit of a waste of time when the larger format Squadron series monograph is still easily available. Probably for Osprey completists only..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yoxford Aces in Action! January 9, 2011
Thanks to one man - Merle Olmsted - the 357th Fighter Group is probably the best-documented unit to have served in the Mighty Eighth. Over the years, Olmsted, a former 357th crew chief, penned dozens of articles and three books including the definitive TO WAR WITH THE YOXFORD BOYS, published in 2004. James Roeder did a 357th FG book for Squadron/Signal in 2000, Roeder acknowledging Olmsted's great contribution to that book as well! Now we have Chris Bucholtz's MUSTANG ACES OF THE 357TH FIGHTER GROUP from Osprey. Even as I read through it, I wondered if maybe authors have gone to the '357th well' enough times. I'll let others decide that; as for me, I enjoyed it.

Bucholtz interweaves the exploits of the 357th's 42 aces against the general history of the group in action. As might be expected, the book is bursting with combat reports and very basic biographical info on Yoxford aces like Pete Peterson, John England, Kit Carson, Bud Anderson and Chuck Yeager. The 357th had more aces than any other 8th AF FG, scored at a faster rate than any other group during the last year of the war and claimed the highest number of kills - 56.5 - in a single mission. So, if you're an air combat junkie like me, MUSTANG ACES OF THE 357TH FIGHTER GROUP will do just fine, thank you.

Given the amount of 357th material in print, many of the photographs in the book have been seen before. Chris Davey's always-great artwork however really spotlights the Group's P-51s in all their glory.

Depending on how long you've been interested in 8th AF fighter combat, you may view Bucholtz's book as "yet another 357th book" or "a nicely-done volume on the Yoxford aces." Each to his own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book April 30, 2014
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First class book That I really enjoyed reading. This is a must book for anyone interested in Mustang Aces. Thanks, Scott
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More About the Author

The grandson of a WWII B-25 crewman and a chemist at the Ford Willow Run plant, I was doomed to be interested in aircraft and aviation. I started a career in technology journalism in the mid-1990s, and worked as an editor at publications including Telephony, VARBusiness, HP World, Semiconductor Manufacturing and InsideCRM. I still work as a technology writer, serving as content marketing manager for a major cloud software vendor.

It wasn't until I invited a former B-17 pilot on a press flight in a restored Flying Fortress in 2002 that I realized how important documenting the past was. That pilot shared his story with me and it became an article; other former flyers followed and eventually I won the opportunity to write the book on the Tuskegee Airmen I always wanted to read.

My career and the timing of my life was fortuitous - any younger, and I would have missed the chance to talk to the WWII generation. In a different profession, I would have lacked the skills to interview and record their stories. I consider myself very lucky!

I still build models, and I'm the managing editor of the International Plastic Modelers Society Journal. But now, my models tend to depict the planes flown by the people I meet and write about!


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