P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter

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 Those interested in knowing more about the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter in WWII should consider Pat Asmussen's recommendation of Hell Hawks!  The authors conducted 183 interviews with veterans and their families, so the book serves as a model for writing projects involving extensive oral history.  It can be compared with co-editor Rex Alan Smith's Pacific War Stories: In the Words of Those Who Survived (with stories of three Black Hills veterans).  Smith chose the Studs Terkel approach of keeping individual stories separate.

Pat received this note from author Robert Dorr:
 

"Hell Hawks!" is our Stephen Ambrose-style  history of a World War II "band of brothers with planes." In their words, the P-47 Thunderbolt equipped Americans of the 365th Fighter Group. describe the war nobody told you about, the one they shared with thousands of other airmen who had their boots on the ground on the European continent during the winter of 1944-45.

We have a chapter about fighting the German jets. We have a chapter comparing the P-47 to the Messerschmitt 109 and Focke-Wulf 190. But it's the ground war that makes this such a great air story: Our guys went ashore at Normandy and fought across Europe, into the Battle of the Bulge which makes up the powerful center of this story.

Co-author Thomas D. Jones (Tom) and I spent five years researching and interviewing 171 of these ordinary men who became heroes. Tom is an Air Force Academy graduate and former B-52 pilot and astronaut who flew four shuttle missions. I'm an Air Force veteran, a retired U. S. diplomat, and an author.

"Hell Hawks" uses never before published photos and first-hand personal accounts.