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56th Fighter Group
by Osprey
Author: Roger Freeman
Publish Year: 2000
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 8x10x.25"
Restockable: No
NKG part #: 2148800619
Mfg. part #: OSPAEU002
Type: Softcover
Series: AEU2


This book charts the history of the first Thunderbolt group to see action in the European Theatre. The 56th Fighter Group was the only unit within the Eighth Air Force to remain equipped with the mighty P-47 until war’s end. This group was responsible for devising many of the bomber escort tactics employed by VIII Fighter Command between. By war’s end the 56th FG had shot down more enemy aircraft than any other in the Eighth Air Force, its pilots being credited with 674.5 kills during 447 missions. The group also produced the ETO’s two leading aces, Francis Gabreski and Robert Johnson.