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.A second firing pass mangled the Mustanga#39;s wingtip but, using trim tabs and throttle, Howell brought the aircraft home safely. ... Having survived for more than a year with the 364th FS, 42-106447 was lost in a mid-air collision with P-51B ... Having been repaired, 42-106826 was transferred to the 78th FG and converted into a two-seater a#39;hacka#39; a it was given an overall red paint scheme for this role.
|Title||:||Mustang Aces of the 357th Fighter Group|
|Author||:||Chris Bucholtz, Chris Davey|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 2012-12-20|