The Threadbare Buzzard: A Marine Fighter Pilot in WWII

Reviews of The Threadbare Buzzard: A Marine Fighter Pilot in WWII. The Threadbare Buzzard: A Marine Fighter Pilot in WWII [Thomas M. Tomlinson] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this hilarious and heartbreaking story, the author – the so-called “Threadbare Buzzard” among what he saw as the preening fliers of WWII – tells the stories of dogfights and fighter planes used by the Marine Corps in the Pacific. Before the United States entered World War II. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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In this hilarious and heartbreaking story, the author – the so-called "Threadbare Buzzard" among what he saw as the preening fliers of WWII – tells the stories of dogfights and fighter planes used by the Marine Corps in the Pacific. Before the United States entered World War II, Tomlinson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force to get into action and flying. Following Pearl Harbor, he and most of the other Americans serving in the RCAF were "repatriated" into the U.S. military, most into the Army Air Corps. Tomlinson was one of the few who chose the Marine Corps and after training, he was off to the Southwest Pacific and Guadalcanal with VMF-214, the squadron that became the Black Sheep. Late in the war, while flying off a carrier during raids against Japan, Tomlinson's four-plane division was assigned to be a high-altitude radio relay for the attacking forces. During this mission they encountered the jet stream, at that time a little-known phenomena, especially among fighter pilots accustomed to lower, less hostile altitudes. Hours later, lost, out of radio range, and out of fuel, they ditched in the northwest Pacific. Three of the four were rescued by the Sea Devil (SS 400). Tomlinson ended up in the naval hospital at Pearl Harbor for the closing months of the war. Filled with details about flying the Corsair.

Hell’s Angels: The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II

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Winner of the San Diego Book Awards for Military/Politics, this is the true story of the Eighth Air Force's legendary 303rd Bomb Group

Although the United States declared war against Germany in December 1941, a successful assault on Nazi-occupied Europe could not happen until Germany's industrial and military might were crippled. The first target was the Luftwaffe–the most powerful and battle-hardened air force in the world. The United States Army Air Forces joined with Great Britain's already-engaged Royal Air Force to launch a strategic air campaign that ultimately brought the Luftwaffe to its knees. One of the standout units of this campaign was the legendary 303rd Bomb Group–Hell's Angels.
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Down In Flames

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War and Captivity – Life and Death – Fear and Bravery.

A remarkable true story of World War II that takes you along through the hell of aerial combat against high odds, and the harsh life of survivors in Nazi prison camps. A tale well told, it will give you insight into the courage and character of our gallant young airmen who paved the way for the invasion of Fortress Europe and our ultimate victory over Hitler's Germany.
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Takhli Tales

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Memoirs of decorated fighter pilot Billy R. Sparks, Lt. Col. Ret. USAF.

Oswald Boelcke: Germany’s First Fighter Ace and Father of Air Combat

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Oswald Boelcke was Germany’s first ace in World War One with a total of forty victories. His character, inspirational leadership, organizational genius, development of air-to-air tactics and impact on aerial doctrine are all reasons why Boelcke remains an important figure in the history of air warfare. Paving the way for modern air forces across the world with his pioneering tactics, Boelcke had a dramatic effect on his contemporaries. The fact that he was the Red Baron’s mentor, instructor, squadron commander and friend demonstrates the influence he had upon the German air force. He was one of the first pilots to be awarded the famous Pour le Mérite commonly recognized as the ‘Blue Max’. All of this was achieved after overcoming medical obstacles in his childhood and later life with a willpower and determination. Boelcke even gained the admiration of his enemies. After his tragic death in a midair collision, the Royal Flying Corps dropped a wreath on his funeral, and several of his victims sent another wreath from their German prison camp. His name and legacy of leadership and inspiration live on, as seen in the Luftwaffe’s designation of the Tactical Air Force Wing 31 ‘Boelcke’. In this definitive biography RG Head explores why Oswald Boelcke deserves consideration as the most important fighter pilot of the 20th century and beyond; but also for setting the standard in military aviation flying. This book will appeal to enthusiasts of the German air force, military aviation in general and World War One in particular.