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Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces of the Pacific and CBI (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 26) Paperback – May 1, 1999
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"For aficionados of the famous P-47 and P-51, this book documents the history, personalities and aerial engagements of Thunderbolts and Mustangs. Illustrated with numerous photos, this book has plenty for historians of the Pacific, or anyone interested in stories about air combat in WWII." -www.pacificwrecks.com
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Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series combines full colour artwork, the best archival contemporary photography, and first hand accounts from aces to bring history's greatest airborne conflicts to life.
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The Thunderbolt was not liked too much by it's pilots, who formerly flew the P-38 Lightning. The `Jug' lacked efficient range to escort bombers to Japanese bases. The `Jug' also lacked maneuverability against the Ki-43's and A6M's. But the P-47 had an advantage of deadly firepower of 8 50.cal machine guns and ruggedness. The P-47 was used well against the weak points of all the Japanese fighters-their lack of amour/self sealing fuel tanks.
The P-51 was firstly used in Burma against the deadly Japanese fighters. `Oscars' and `Zeroes' ruled the skies over Asia from the beginning of the war to the later years. The only thing that opposed them was outdated P-40 Warhawks. The P-51B Mustang was a new breed of fighter (It's design originally was to be a better model of the P-40, but was changed to a whole new airframe. So the P-51's `father' was surprisingly the P-40!), with 4 50.cal machine guns and superb maneuverability, the P-51 was a great choice to oppose the Japanese in the CBI theatre.
A book that has been out of print for a while, so I immediately jumped on the chance to buy it at $30.00, (I saw the book was $20.00 a few days later!!) this book has been the most expensive one I've bought of an Osprey book-and it's worth it!! The information on the aces are very well laid-out. John Stanaway has delivered a wonderful book. The color plates of P-51's, P-47's and pilots who flew them.
Neel Kearby, Oscar Perdomo, Charles Older, Edward McComas and a LOT of other not-known aces. I enjoyed all 87 pages. Pictures of both aces and planes from Burma to New Guinea. In short, great book! (Buy soon or the price will go up to $60 bucks again!!)