American fighter-bombers in World War II

American fighter-bombers in World War II

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Lost in the air combat and air ace fanfare of World War II was the dangerous, unheralded, and vital role played by USAAF fighter-bomber pilots over the Mediterranean and northwest Europe. Four times as many pilots were lost during strafing and ground attack sorties than were lost against the Luftwaffe in aerial combat. This extensive book is the first in-depth examination of American air-to-ground attack and explores numerous aspects of the subject. The three priorities of the fighter-bomber - air superiority, interdiction and close air support along with combat reports and pilot narratives - are put into the context of the various ground operations.large radio out of a half-track, and the seventh was a weather observer who drove a jeep for the ALO. Provisions were made for the possibility of a forward observer and his radio being captured, or if the Germans interfered with instructions to the fighter-bomber pilot. ... Once in the cockpit the CC helped with the shoulder harness and seat belt while the Assistant Crew Chief checked the parachute.

Title:American fighter-bombers in World War II
Author: Dr. William Wolf
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing - 2003

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