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Bo_Nidle
03-21-2007, 12:00 PM
Thats about everyone covered I think.

There is a book that has recently been published called "SECOND TO NONE; The history of the 368th Fighter Group"

It is written by Tim Grace whose father flew with the Group. Tim is the historian for the 368thFg Association and is a Docent at the Seattle Museum of Flight. This book is an amazing piece of historical research and due to Tims personal connection with the Group it displays real pride and affection for its subject matter.

The book can be ordered from the 368thFgs website ( run by Ken Kik whose Grandfather also flew with the Group and IMHO the best example of its kind on the web).

The book retails at $29.95 (thats around 15.00 to us Brits!) and represents amazing value for money.

The book is packed with period photo's and anecdotes together with a highly detailed account of operations from the formation of the Group to the end of hostilities. At 540 pages this a BIG book.

It is also well illustrated with profiles by Nick King (whose excellent work can also be seen at the 8thAF website www.littlefriends.co.uk (http://www.littlefriends.co.uk) ) as well as numerous screenshots from a certain WW2 Aviation sim that we all know and love created by yours truly (with the kind permission of Oleg and the the people at 1Rc and Ubisoft) which ,if you know my skins, explains the proliferation of 368thFg P-47 skins I released at the end of last year http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

I provided them free of charge and just felt privileged to be a part of the books creation.

For anyone with an interest in the 368thFg, the 9th USAAF, the P-47 Thunderbolt at war or just WW2 aviation then I cannot recommend this book too highly.

It can be ordered from here www.368thFighterGroup.com (http://www.368thFighterGroup.com)

I guarantee you will be highly impressed http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-36771269720738_1929_703728

TheBandit_76
03-21-2007, 12:22 PM
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mrsiCkstar
03-21-2007, 12:34 PM
thanks for sharing, I will get this for sure.

Blutarski2004
03-21-2007, 12:43 PM
Any discussion of field increases in engine boost levels, field-installion of water injection kits, paddle blades, later version P&W's into earlier airframes?

I've always suspected that the P47's which campaigned in 1944 had considerably better performance than the 1943 versions - for the above reasons.

Bo_Nidle
03-21-2007, 04:50 PM
Originally posted by Blutarski2004:
Any discussion of field increases in engine boost levels, field-installion of water injection kits, paddle blades, later version P&W's into earlier airframes?

I've always suspected that the P47's which campaigned in 1944 had considerably better performance than the 1943 versions - for the above reasons.

Not that I have seen so far. The book is really more about the people and how they fought rather than a P-47 technical journal.

That said I have always found that the real pilots accounts of combat to be of far more relevance than any tech manual.

Blutarski2004
03-22-2007, 08:12 AM
Originally posted by Bo_Nidle:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Blutarski2004:
Any discussion of field increases in engine boost levels, field-installion of water injection kits, paddle blades, later version P&W's into earlier airframes?

I've always suspected that the P47's which campaigned in 1944 had considerably better performance than the 1943 versions - for the above reasons.

Not that I have seen so far. The book is really more about the people and how they fought rather than a P-47 technical journal.

That said I have always found that the real pilots accounts of combat to be of far more relevance than any tech manual. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


..... Testimony from the field is actually what I'm interested in. From my limited reading on the subject, there was a great deal of field modification work performed on P47s which is not reflected in the official tech manuals. Water injection kits and paddle blade props were retro-fitted to earlier models; later series engines as well; boost levels were field-tweaked above official limits.

That sort of stuff .....

BillyTheKid_22
03-22-2007, 01:32 PM
Cool!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif LoL!!!

JRJacobs
03-22-2007, 06:43 PM
Thanks B-N i will check it out