Off the top of my head I would also add: Outlaw Platoon, Roughneck Nine-One, The Lion’s Gate and Not a Good Day to Die.
Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!
I remember reading Fork Tailed Devil as a kid and after that building every P-38 model I could find and reading every book.
Perhaps Colonel Ben Kelsey, a P-38 test pilot, summed up the war bird’s legacy best of all. “(That) comfortable old cluck,” he said, “would fly like hell, fight like a wasp upstairs, and land like a butterfly.”
The P-38 was the most successful USAAF fighter in the Pacific War. It served with four separate air forces, spread out from Australia to Alaska. The most successful American Ace of the Second World War, Major Richard Bong, scored all 40 of his victories flying the P-38 Lightning over the Pacific.
The 11th Air Force was allocated the task of defending the Aleutian Islands, in the far north of the Pacific. There the extra reliability provided by the twin engines of the P-38 was essential, with missions being flown over long distances and in poor weather. The first P-38 victories of the war fell to pilots of the…
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Luftwaffe in Africa, 1941-1943
By Jean-Louis Roba
Paperback, 128 pages, heavily illustrated, index
Published by Casemate, November 2019
Product Dimensions: 7.0 x 0.5 x 10.0 inches
Germany was drawn into the war in North Africa by Mussolini’s ambitions. Italy had little to gain by conquering the region; Germany even less so. For the German Army and particularly the Luftwaffe North Africa did little more than provide an ever-increasing drain on assets which could have been better used in the Soviet Union. Once the influx of American men and material began to be felt the Axis cause was beyond redemption.
This volume provides a good overview of the progression of the campaign in North Africa from the Luftwaffe perspective. There were quite a large number of units committed over time but Germany was never able to achieve the concentration of force necessary to achieve her…
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