P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force

P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force cover

P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force

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The P-47 Thunderbolt, originally designed as a high-altitude interceptor, became the principal US fighter–bomber of World War II. First adapted to the ground attack role by units of the Twelfth Air Force in early 1944, the strength and durability of the P-47 airframe, along with its massive size, earned it the nickname 'Juggernaut', which was quickly shortened to 'Jug' throughout the MTO and ETO. By October 1943, with the creation of the Fifteenth Air Force, nearly half of the Twelfth's fighter groups would be retasked with strategic escort missions, leaving six groups to perform close air support and interdiction missions throughout the entire Mediterranean theatre. The groups inflicted incredible damage on the enemy's transport routes in particular, using rockets, bombs, napalm and machine-gun rounds to down bridges, blow up tunnels and strafe trains. Myriad first-hand accounts and period photography reveal the spectacular success enjoyed by the Thunderbolt in the MTO in the final year of the war.

Table of Contents

Origins of the American fighter-bomber /Anti-shipping and Anzio /Operation Strangle /Diadem, Rome and Arno /Southern France /Rain, Mud and Mountains /Flying over the winter stalemate /The final push /Appendices

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Published 20 Feb 2012
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781849086721
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 80 b/w; 34 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 92
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Jonathan Bernstein

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