Anaheim, CA: Southcoast Typesetting, 1975. First Edition. Limited edition to 2000 copies. Quarto; VG/VG-; White spine with red text; DJ has some minimal edgewear and soiling, protected in Mylar; Blue boards with silver lettering are clean and strong, endpapers clean, binding tight; Textblock unmarked. pp 623. From dust jacket flap: "The History of The Hell Hawks is the story of the famed 365th Fighter-Bomber Group which flew the reliable and rugged P-47 Thunderbolt in combat against Germany during World War ll. The book covers the period from 15 May 1943 to 20 September 1945. From 15 May 1943, the date the Group was activated, to 22 February 1944, the date the Group flew its first combat mission, the information used is that taken from diaries, letters, and other similar material. From 22 February 1944 through 8 May 1945, when the last mission was flown, the information is that taken directly from the official records of the HELL HAWKS (6,019 pieces of paper). From the end of the war to 20 September 1945, the date the Group was inactivated, the information is taken from the author's diary and a few personal accounts of others. The HELL HAWKS during their tour of duty in the European Theater of Operations were a part of the Ninth Air Force, assigned to the IX Tactical Air Command commanded by the then Major General Elwood R. Quesada. It was through his close coordination with the First United States Army, (FUSA), plus his knowledge of air's capabilities that made the HELL HAWKS such a formidable tactical weapon in FUSA's arsenal. The HELL HAWKS contributed greatly to FUSA's rapid advances across France into Germany, and they were there when the final death blow was dealt the Nazis. The author is honored that General Quesada consented to write the Foreword to this unit history. The combat records are followed on a day-to-day basis. Personal experiences, items from diaries, and verbal discussions with pilots are interjected throughout, along with comments tying the war's ground combat activities into the overall picture. There are many verbatim accounts of pilots' experiences after they were shot down and either evaded capture, or were prisoners of war and later escaped or were liberated. Some of the accounts are like those seen in the movies and are stirring in their retelling. The book includes stories from and about crew chiefs, armament men, flight surgeons, intelligence officers, and many others who were responsible on the ground for much of the Group's success in the air. The book contains nearly 500,000 words and 500 photographs. it is a microcosm of World War II from the Ninth Air Force's viewpoint as lived by the famed HELL HAWK Group. The book was conceived, compiled and written by Charles R. Johnson, a former crew chief in the 386th Fighter-Bomber Squadron of the 365th. lt got its big impetus in 1970 when he was able to locate the detailed records of the HELL HAWKS in the General Service Administration in Washington, D.C. After 1970, with the help and encouragement of many he located a large number of former HELL HAWKS and elicited from them personal experiences and photographs which make this book such a satisfying account and which places it far beyond the scope of a mere unit history. [Oversized book. Additional postage necessary for expedited/international orders. Economy International shipping unavailable due to weight restrictions. For international/expedited customers, please inquire for rates]. NASS Military. (Inventory #: 14-430-1263834)
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