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Fighter Combat Tactics in the Southwest Pacific Area

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Fighter Combat Tactics in the Southwest Pacific Area
  • Ray Merriam, Editor
    • Merriam Press Military Reprint Series
    • Ninth Edition 2012
    • 120 6×9-inch pages
    • 17 photos
    • 9 illustrations

The text in this monograph is from a booklet prepared during the war by the Fifth Air Force. It was written by the combat pilots of the Southwest Pacific area who managed to fight—and survive—the best aircraft and pilots that the Japanese Army and Navy Air Forces could throw at them. Their comments were intended to aid the newer pilots just arriving on the scene, so that they would not have to learn from experience—and perhaps save their lives. Twenty-five fighter pilots, including William Giroux, Edwin Doss, Leroy Grosshuesch, Gerald Johnson, Richard Bong, Robert De Haven, Edward Roddy, Charles MacDonald, and Thomas McGuire, provide their rules for dealing with the Japanese in the air and on the ground.

 

Contents

  • Colonel Earl H. Dunham, Commanding Officer, 8th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Captain William K. Giroux, 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Captain William A. Gardner, Operations Officer, 8th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Major Cyril F. Homer, 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Captain Allen E. Hill, 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Colonel Edwin A. Doss, Commanding Officer, 35th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Major John R. Young, Operations Officer, 35th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Captain Leroy V. Grosshuesch, 39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Captain William H. Strand, 40th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Major Douglas V. N. Parsons, Deputy Commander, 35th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Gerald R. Johnson, Commanding Officer, 49th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Colonel George A. Walker, former Commanding Officer, 49th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Major Richard I. Bong, 49th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Captain Robert M. De Haven, 7th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group (P-40, P-38)
  • Major Wallace R. Jordan, 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Colonel Gwen G. Atkinson, Commanding Officer, 58th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Major Edward F. Roddy, Operations Officer, 58th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Colonel Robert R. Rowland, Commanding Officer, 348th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Lieutenant Colonel William M. Banks. Deputy Commander, 348th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Captain Marvin E. Grant, 342nd Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Major William D. Dunham, 460th Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Major Walter G. Benz, Jr., 342nd Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group (P-47)
  • Colonel Charles H. MacDonald, Commanding Officer, 475th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Major John S. Loisel, Operations Officer, 475th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Major Thomas B. McGuire, 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group (P-38)
  • Captain Elliot Summer, 432nd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group (P-38)

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