Aces of the 325th Fighter Group
This 96 page paperback book is from the Aircraft of the Aces Series of books and is number 117 that is available from Osprey Publishing.
The 325th FG was activated under General Order number 50 on 30 July 1942 and set up training operations at Theodore F Greene Field in Providence, Rhode Island. By mid-December 1942 the group was considered ready for combat and the alert for overseas duty arrived on 2 January 1943. The pilots and their P-40s departed on the carrier USS Ranger on 8 January and flew their aircraft off the vessel into Cazes airfield, near Casablanca, on 19 January 1943. After the remainder of the personnel arrived in late February, the group prepared for combat, and finally flew its first mission on 17 April 1943 as part of the Twelfth Air Force. During the next four months it participated in the North African campaign, and operations against enemy-held islands in the Mediterranean Sea. By the end of the Sicilian campaign on 17 August the 325th FG had scored 128 aerial victories, been the first P-40 unit to deliver 1,000-lb bombs against enemy targets and had escorted 1,100 bombers without losing a single one of them to enemy action.
The contents of this book are;
- Activation, training and into combat
- Thunderbolt and the Fifteenth Air Force
- Mustang era
- Where is the Luftwaffe?
- Swansong of the Luftwaffe
Aircraft of the Aces 117, is an excellent historical look at the Aces of the 325th Fighter Group of World War II. This book contains a nice number of plates which illustrate the various paint and camouflage schemes used by the Group. This book is an excellent reference book for the modeler, wargamer or historian.
This book is available in three different formats and they are;