Very Long Range P-51 Mustang Units of the Pacific War

Very Long Range P-51 Mustang Units of the Pacific War

Aviation Elite Units 21
  • Author: Carl Molesworth
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: AEU 21
  • Publication Date: 6 Sep 2006
  • Number of Pages: 128
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These pilots called themselves the ‘Tokyo Club'. It was a simple task to become a member. All you had to do was strap yourself into a heavily loaded P-51 Mustang, take off from Iwo Jima, fly 650 miles north over the sea - often through monsoon storms - in your single-engined aircraft to Japan, attack a heavily defended target and then turn around and fly home despite a shrinking fuel supply and perhaps battle damage as well. Do it once and you earned membership in the club. Do it 15 times and you earned a trip home. But make one mistake or have one touch of bad luck, and you had a very good chance of ending up dead. This book tells the little-known story of these brave men and their efforts to defeat the aerial forces defending Japan.

Biographical Note

A resident of Mount Vernon, Washington, USA, Carl Molesworth is an editor and writer for Reed Elsevier. He has been researching and writing about fighter operations in World War 2 for more than 25 years. His six previous titles include three books in Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series, namely P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBI, P-40 Warhawk Aces of the MTO, and P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific (all have reprinted at least once). In 2004, he won a Gold Award for his writing in the Trade Association Business Publications International's annual competition.Artist Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating art work on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes.

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