Hell Hawks by Tom Jones
By Tom Jones
Hell Hawks! is a riveting account of the gritty and unheralded battle, long overlooked by military historians, fought by the young Thunderbolt pilots of the Ninth Air Force in World War II. It's the true story of an aerial band of brothers (most barely twenty years old) -- the pilots and ground crews who worked and lived amid the cold and mud of their front-line airfields in conditions not much better than those of the GIs they supported each day. The authors follow the 365th Fighter Group, the Hell Hawks, from England-based interdiction missions supporting the D-Day invasion, across the Channel to their close-air-support base in a Norman apple orchard, to tank-busting sorties in the flak-filled skies over the Bulge, and finally to Germany for the final defeat of the Wehrmacht in 1945. Through dozens of interviews and dramatic images, the authors let the voices of pilots and ground crewmen tell what it was like to fly daily into the teeth of Luftwaffe fighters and Wehrmacht flak to help win the victory in Europe.
Autographed by Tom Jones.
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