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The Long Reach: Deep Fighter Escort Tactics

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The Long Reach: Deep Fighter Escort Tactics
  • VIII Fighter Command, 29 May 1944
    • Merriam Press World War 2 History Series
      • First Edition 2013
      • 76 8.5x11-inch pages
      • 59 photos
      • 1 drawing
American fighter pilots of the Eighth Air Force provide their rules for conducting deep fighter escort operations accompanying American bomber formations over Europe. These pilots the tactics they used in their own words.
     Original copies are very scarce; I had acquired a photocopy of this manual back in the early 1980s from Garry L. Fry. Unfortunately, his copy was also a photocopy of a photocopy of an original and in the edition I published several years ago the photographs were of very poor quality.
     In June of 2001 a customer, Jon Bailey, ordered a copy of my edition of a similar manual, Down to Earth, because he was looking for information on the unit his grandfather flew with during the war. His grandfather is William B. Bailey, a P-47 pilot with the 353rd Fighter Group, who was then a lieutenant colonel and is one of the pilots who contributed to the Down to Earth manual. When Jon informed his grandfather of the copy of the work he had purchased from me, his grandfather mentioned he had an original copy of that work.
     Jon then informed me of this development, and I asked Jon to ask his grandfather about loaning me that book so I could produce a better edition. Colonel Bailey was willing to do so, and also advised me he had an original copy of The Long Reach and was willing to loan me both of them.
     I certainly want to thank both Colonel Bailey and his grandson Jon for their very generous assistance in loaning these two incredible works so that they could be included in this series.
     An extremely rare manual published in May 1944, when deep fighter escort had become a major factor in the skies over Europe.
     Originally published 29 May 1944 by VIII Fighter Command.

Contents
  • Foreword by Major General W. E. Kepner, Commanding, VIII Fighter Command
  • Pilots Rules for Deep Fighter Escort
  • Lt. Col. David C. Schilling, Flying Executive Officer, 56th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Lt. Col. Mark E. Hubbard, 20th Fighter Group, P-38
    • Individual Combat Tactics
    • Defensive
    • Offensive
    • Formation Combat Tactics
    • General
    • Defensive
    • Offensive
  • 1st Lt. Jesse W. Gonnam, 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, P-47
  • Major Edward W. Szaniawski, C.O., 357th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, P-47, P-51
  • Major James H. Thorne, 359th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Major Walker M. Mahurin, 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Capt. Merle B. Nichols, 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, P-38
  • 1st Lt. C. A. Vitali, 360th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Col. Hubert Zemke, 56th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Capt. V. K. Meroney, 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, P-47
  • Lt. Col. John C. Meyer, 352nd Fighter Group, P-47
  • Capt. R. S. Johnson, 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Col. Thomas J. J. Christian Jr., 361st Fighter Group, P-47
  • Major Herbert E. Johnson Jr., 77th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, P-38
  • Lt. Col. Everett W. Stewart, 355th Fighter Group, P-51
    • Individual Combat
    • Two Ship Element
    • Four Ship Element
    • Formation
    • General
    • Defensive
    • Offensive
  • Lt. Col. Selden R. Edner, 4th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Major George E. Preddy, 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, P-47
  • Lt. Col. Horace C. Craig, 56th Fighter Group, P-47
    • Defensive
    • Offensive
  • Lt. Col. Harry J. Dayhuff, 78th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Major Gerald W. Johnson, 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Capt. Maurice R. McLary, 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, P-38
  • Major Don Bodenhamer Jr., 78th Fighter Group, P-47
    • Individual Combat Tactics
    • Defensive
    • Offensive
    • Formation Combat Tactics
    • General
    • Defensive
    • Offensive
  • Lt. Col. William Waller III, 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, P-47
  • Col. J. L. Mason, 352nd Fighter Group, P-47
  • Capt. D. W. Beeson, 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, P-47, P-51

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