53° Stormo (Aviation Elite Units)

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Formed in May 1936, 53° Stormo was initially equipped with the iconic Fiat CR.32 biplane fighter. These were replaced by CR.42s three years later, and upon Italy's declaration of war on the Allies in June 1940, the unit saw action against French and British aircraft that same month. With France defeated, the Regia Aeronautica turned its attention to Greece, and 53° Stormo's 150° Gruppo was again in the forefront of the action against RAF Gladiators – the unit also operated over Yugoslavia.

Meanwhile, 53° Stormo's 151° Gruppo had been sent to Libya in July 1940, and it saw considerable action in North Africa until returning to Italy in January 1942. 150° Gruppo had also been sent to North Africa in early 1941, the unit having by then re-equipped with Macchi C.200s. Operations against Malta followed during the summer of 1942, when 53° Stormo was issued with Macchi C.202s.
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Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe: The U.S. Army Air Forces Against Germany in World War II

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Winner of the San Diego Book Award for Military & PoliticsDramatic story of World War II in the air How the U.S. built an air force of 2.3 million men after starting with 45,000 and defeated the world's best air force Vivid accounts of aerial combat In order to defeat Germany in World War II, the Allies needed to destroy the Third Reich's industry and invade its territory, but before they could effectively do either, they had to defeat the Luftwaffe, whose state-of-the-art aircraft and experienced pilots protected German industry and would batter any attempted invasion. This difficult task fell largely to the U.S., which, at the outset, lacked the necessary men, materiel, and training. Over the ensuing years, thanks to visionary leadership and diligent effort, the U.S. Army Air Force developed strategies and tactics and assembled a well-trained force that convincingly defeated the Luftwaffe.

P-51 Mustang: Seventy-Five Years of America’s Most Famous Warbird

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Celebrate 75 years of the iconic World War II warbird that helped win the war and flew into the heart of American life. From D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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Celebrate 75 years of the iconic World War II warbird that helped win the war and flew into the heart of American life.

From D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge, through reconnaissance missions and combat, fighting flying bombs and Me 262 Stormbird jets, P-51 Mustang pilots saw it all during World War II. P-51 Mustang celebrates the 75th anniversary of the most iconic American warbird written by Cory Graff, lead curator at the Flying Heritage Collection–one of the world's most important collections and sites for warbird restoration.
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Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot: Defending the Reich Against the RAF and USAAF

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Within weeks of war being declared, Wolfgang Fischer had volunteered to join the Luftwaffe and spent nearly five of the succeeding six years of hostilities in uniform. During this time he was given a succession of postings varying from a long-range recce unit; as a decoder in a met office in occupied France; to a bomber squadron; and as a flying instructor, before joining a squadron of the famous Richthofen Geschwader in Italy, from where he was shot down in his FW 190 by Mustangs en route to Normandy.

By now a Lieutenant, he survived to fly offensive rocket attacks over Gold Beach on D-Day, only to be shot down again on D + 1, and captured and sent first to a hospital in the UK, then into captivity in the USA. He was finally repatriated in April 1946. His description of all these events is entertaining and well-written, ranging from comic to tragic. It is unique in flavor, giving a valuable insight into the undeniably typical lot of those serving in the air arm of the Third Reich. Expertly translated and edited by John Weal, this is a worthy accompaniment to Norbert Hannig’s ‘Luftwaffe Fighter Ace’ published by Grub Street in 2004.

American Pilots in the RAF: The WWII Eagle Squadrons

Reviews of American Pilots in the RAF: The WWII Eagle Squadrons. American Pilots in the RAF: The WWII Eagle Squadrons [Philip D. Caine] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The inspiring story of the US citizens who fought and died in World War II long before their country entered the war. Drawn from interviews with dozens of surviving Eagles. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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The inspiring story of the US citizens who fought and died in World War II long before their country entered the war. Drawn from interviews with dozens of surviving Eagles, from their letters and memoirs and from official records of the squadrons, and containing numerous photographs from the pilots' personal collections.