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P-47 Thunderbolt at War 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
Perhaps the most significant fighter aircraft of World War II, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was the largest and most powerful single-engine fighter of the war, and with over fifteen thousand P-47s built, its production numbers topped any other American fighter. P-47 Thunderbolt at War traces the history of the P-47, including the pioneering efforts of Alexander de Seversky and Alexander Kartveli, who designed the prototype; the features that played into the P-47s combat performance; and its wartime construction and testing.
The rugged Thunderbolts flew in combat across Europe, Africa, and the Pacific--as fighter, escort, and fighter bomber. They are brought to life through numerous photographs, many in full color, and through personal war stories from the men who flew them. Affectionately known as "Jugs," P-47s may not have been the most agile fighters, but they could take a pounding and get back home--an attribute worthy of any pilots affection. P-47 Thunderbolt at War includes personal war stories of fighter-plane combat in Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific; tales of the aircrafts postwar adventures in China, Algeria, and South America in the 1950s; and a number of Republic P-47 Thunderbolt specifications charts and diagrams.
Flying Models, February 2008 (circ.: 40,000)
“Author Cory Graff brings the Thunderbolt to life through numerous photographs, many in full color and through personal war stories from the men who flew them.”
Cybermodeler Online, December 2007
“In the latest installment from Zenith Books' ‘At War’ series, author Cory Graff has compiled a nice concise history of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt in World War Two. While there are quite a few books that deal with the subject matter, few offer a balanced look at the aircraft from its pre-war development through its post-war service and still provide an interesting perspective to its development and operations through the war in all theaters of operations.
"The author provides operational highlights from Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific. The title is also well-illustrated with a good mixture of period color photographs, a few contemporary color photographs, and numerous black and whites from combat photographers. Some of the photos have appeared in other titles, but there are some nice shots in this book that I haven't seen available previously. There are some nice color shots of Thunderbolts operated by the Mexican and Brazilian Air Forces as part of Allied operations in Europe.
“This is a well-written book that will provide a unique look into some operational history and some interesting statistics of this historic symbol of American air power during World War Two. This title is highly recommended!”
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Cory Graff is the Assistant Curator for Military Collections at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. In his free time, he works on aviation-related history projects including exhibits and books. He has had articles published in Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine and The Museum of Flight’s Aloft magazine. Graff is the author of two previous books, Shot to Hell: The Stories and Photos of Ravaged WWII Warbirds and Strike and Return: American Air Power and the Fight for Iwo Jima. He lives in Seattle.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B007Y4S4N0
- Publisher : Zenith Press; 1st edition (November 15, 2007)
- Publication date : November 15, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 8113 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 128 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,072,285 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I had already bought "P-47 Pilots: The Fighter-Bomber Boys," which is an excellent book, but this one promised to tell much more on the subject, plus a lot of it was in color.
And boy, does it deliver.
There's a lot to read, and that's good. It'll give me something to do when I'm in the mood to reminisce about WWII, which perhaps we all do, from time to time.
Maybe one of the reasons the P-47 is so intriguing to me is that it was made in my home town, and my late aunt worked at Republic Aviation, as one of the "Rosie The Riveters," during the war.
To realize that the plane was such a major factor in winning the war is very comforting, and even quite profound, when you think about it.
Probably like many people, I really didn't realize just what an incredible machine it actually was.
What's kind of disturbing is to imagine what we would have done without it.
Something I don't even like to ponder.
Of course, there were many other planes that contributed greatly to the US victory, but the Thunderbolt was, without a doubt, the top dog in the fight, even though it didn't get the acclaim that others did; primarily the P-40 and the P-51.
But it definitely got the job done. It did it all: High-flying bomber escort, able to make the complete round trip, to the target and back, and even do a little "cherry-picking" of select targets of opportunity on the way back; out-performed virtually all German and Japanese planes it came up against, and an absolutely devastating ground-attack fighter-bomber, which could almost "fly through a brick wall," and still make it back.
There wasn't much that the P-47 didn't do - and it may have actually been the catalyst for our being able to defeat Germany, because we were out-gunned in the tank department, and tanks were Hitler's specialty.
But it didn't matter, because tanks were an extremely juicy target for the P-47, along with the dreaded 88 ack-ack guns, or the quad-mounted 20mm cannons, or anything else on the ground that couldn't find a hole to hide in.
Those were two of the most terror-inducing weapons that the Nazis possessed, and the P-47 could arrive on the scene, assess the situation, and shortly eliminate any and all of the menacing and deadly ground-fire.
The P-47 pilot could see the flak coming, all the way up from the ground, and slip and slide like a boxer, dodging the shells as they went by.
In fact, they gave him the perfect target, because all he had to do was to spray his .50s tracers down to the source of the upcoming fire, to wipe out the gun.
And, guess what? No more gun = no more flak.
In addition to the 500 and 1,000 lb. bombs that the Thunderbolt carried, which could instantly evaporate any tank, those eight .50-cal. machine guns, each one with 500 rounds of high-explosive, armor-piercing ammunition, just simply chewed up everything they were aimed at - such as locomotives, plus the entire train, as well as troops, trucks, gun emplacements, and especially tanks. They might not have been able to penetrate the turret or the hull armor of the Panzers, but they could most definitely penetrate the deck plates - blowing up the engine and setting the fuel ablaze, and gutting out the undercarriage and treads, to leave it sitting high and dry, unable to move, while it burned to a cinder.
Plus, since they usually arrived suddenly, with no warning, they might easily catch a tank commander with his hatch open, casually sitting on the edge of the hatch, and a shower of .50 cal. shells comes zipping down from the skies, taking him out, and a few rounds get inside the turret, bouncing around and causing all manner of havoc.
It's a lead-pipe cinch that several rounds of high-explosive .50-cal. shells ricocheting around inside the turret will immediately eliminate the occupants, and most likely set off the ammunition for the gun, resulting in a dead tank - blowing it sky high.
So, what we didn't have in heavy tanks to counter the Panzers and the Panthers and the Tigers, we more than made up for with the Tank Devastators - a.k.a. the Thunderbolt.
There have been other valuable sources of information on the P-47. Warren Bodie's 1994 book is the "gold standard" and is more academic, much more encyclopedic, and better illustrated. This does not detract from Cory Graff's book which although less complete, is more enjoyable reading for the readers generally interested in World War II and aviation.
William Hess (1994) and Roger Freeman (1978) have interesting and well illustrated books. Squadron is coming out with a P-47 in Action publication which will probably be great for those interested in the identification of the different P-47 models and colors.
Again, I found "P-47 Thunderbolt at War" enjoyable to read and recommend it highly.
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