P-47 Thunderbolt at war Author:William N. Hess Certainly the biggest and heaviest single-engined fighter to be produced in WWII, the mighty P-47 Thunderbolt was undoubtedly also one of the greatest. Pioneering the technique of daylight bomber escort,the "Jug" was largely responsible for establishing Allied air surperiority over the German homeland in the massive air battles that marked the ... more »operations of the U.S. Air Force in 1942 and 1943. Later, when replaced in the bomber escort role by the Mustang,it became the outstanding Allied fighter-bomber during the advance from Normandy to the Elbe.
Its successes were not, however, confined to the European theater of operations. It was equally successful both as an escort fighter and as a fighter-bomber against the Japanese in the Pacific and in India, Burma and China, and in British as well as American hands.
In this book, well known American aviation writer William Hess sets out in text and photograph an evocation of what it was like to be with the Thunderbolt at war in all its roles and in all the many theaters in which it operated.« less