Marshall, Wisconsin: The Anton Press, 1977. First Edition. Quarto; VG/VG; Light blue spine with black and red lettering; DJ clean and protected in Mylar; Light blue boards with gilt text are strong with a minor 1 1/2" impression toward top center of front board, a touch of soilng to top and bottom edges, endpapers clean, spine tight, Textblock unmarked. pp 260. From flap: "This ambitious book details at length the World War ll combat history of the famed American 79th Fighter Group . . . from its activation in early 1942, until after the end of hostilities in Europe some three years later. Born during the dark, desperate days following RommeI's capture of Tobruk, the 79th was rushed to Egypt in September 1942 and attached to the Desert Air Force - the RAF's tactical air arm for General Montgomery's heralded British Eighth Army. Although the Group remained in reserve for several weeks. and did not enter combat as a unit until shortly before Monty's famous sweep around the Mareth Line, many of its pilots went immediately into action with other Desert Air Force squadrons as they helped push the Afrika Korps out of Egypt and back across the North African desert into Tunisia. Beginning with the Mareth battles, the 79th embarked on a nomadic and illustrious combat career that spanned eight different countries in the Mediterranean war zone. and covered ten major campaigns and five invasions. While much of their tour was spent supporting the Eighth Army war in Tunisia. Sicily and Italy - where they quickly became the Britishers favorite American group - they also covered Mark Clark's Fifth Army foot sloggers in the battle for Rome, and the US Seventh Army during the invasion of southern France. When the shooting was over, 79th pilots had logged more than 4,000 missions and nearly 38,000 effective sorties. Flying first the faithful P-40 Warhawk, and later the brutish P-47 Thunderbolt, the 79th Fighter Group racked up one of the most enviable combat records in the history of military aviation. ln addition to destroying 197 enemy aircraft and hundreds of ground targets, they also: became the first USAAF Warhawk group to sink a moving enemy warship when they sent three Italian destroyers to the bottom of the Gulf of Tunis; paced all Allied fighters in aerial victories during the conquest of Pantelleria; pioneered in carrying a 1,000-pound pay- load with the P-40, and 2,500 pounds of ordnance with the Thunderbolt; lead all Allied fighter groups in destruction of enemy aircraft over the Anzio beach- head; sent the first fighters over southern France on D-Day and, later, became the first Twelfth Air Force fighter group to hit targets in Germany, Austria and Yugoslavia." [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]. Full-priced Rockville. (Inventory #: 14-430-1263786)
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