The ongoing Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served throughout the South Pacific. Volume 10 covers the P-47D Thunderbolt which flew combat missions in the New Guinea theatre until mid-1945, serving with a total of eleven Fifth Air Force USAAF combat squadrons, Fifth Fighter Command and the Combat Replacement Training Center.
Most profiles are presented for the first time, alongside an explanation of markings, including squadron heraldry and identifiers. Frequent airframe reassignments between units resulted in wide-ranging unit markings and nose art. Until now there has been a paucity of material about several units, especially those which entered the theatre after the infamous 348th Fighter Group. This volume also rectifies past misidentifications resulting from the widespread practice of swapping attractively decorated cowls, often commissioned for generous reward.
Each profile is supported by photos and/or documentation, along with a brief aircraft history. Wide- ranging primary reference material is cited including official squadron records, colour movies, maintenance logs, diaries, wreck site inspections and multifarious reference photos including colour slides. A brief summary history of each unit and the rationale of its markings completes the text.
The author is world-renown for his expertise on the Pacific air war. Never before have Pacific P-47s been illustrated with such colourful accuracy and detail.
Contents About the Author Introduction Glossary and Abbreviations Chapter 1 - Markings and Technical Notes Chapter 2 - 9th Fighter Squadron "Flying Knights" Chapter 3 - 36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" Chapter 4 - 39th Fighter Squadron Chapter 5 - 40th Fighter Squadron "Fightin Red Devils" Chapter 6 - 41st Fighter Squadron "Flying Buzzsaws" Chapter 7 - 69th Fighter Squadron "The Fightin 69th" Chapter 8 - 310th Fighter Squadron Chapter 9 - 311th Fighter Squadron Chapter 10 - 340th Fighter Squadron "The Minute Men" Chapter 11 - 341st Fighter Squadron "The Black Jacks" Chapter 12 - 342nd Fighter Squadron "The Scourgers" Chapter 13 - Fifth Fighter Command Headquarters Chapter 14 - Combat Replacement Training Center Sources & Acknowledgments Index of Names
Raised in Port Moresby, Michael Claringbould is a globally recognised expert on the New Guinea air war and the Fifth Air Force.