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Aces of the 325th Fighter Group (Aircraft of the Aces 117) [Paperback]

Tom Ivie , Chris Davey
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20 Jan 2014 Aircraft of the Aces
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.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780963017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780963013
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book is well researched and includes information from official reports as well as interviews with the pilots. This makes its read very well balanced between facts and first person narratives describing the details -and sometimes confusion- of aerial combat. There are many unknown images in the book, most of them coming from the collection of the official archivist of the 325th Fighter Group making this book of high historical value. The B&W pictures of the airplanes and the color profiles are inspiring, to say the least, for the modeler. Highly recommended to historians and modelers alike." --IPMS/USA"Details the rise of the 325th and its service in the North African and Sicilian campaigns. By the end of the Sicilian campaign, the 325th had scored 128 aerial victories and escorted 1,100 bombers without losing a single one to enemy action." "--Model Retailer"

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Thomas G Ivie is a veteran of six years service in the US Army and a retired buyer of developmental parts for a major US jet engine manufacturer. He has had a life long interest in World War II aviation and has written eight books and numerous magazine articles on the subject. One of his books was Osprey Aviation Elite Units 8 352nd Fighter Group. His articles have appeared in the Museum of the United States Air Forces Friends Bulletin and in Air Classics magazine.

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Good chronological record of an extremely successful fighter group. However, the book can be repetititve with its combat reports 'then I shot his wing off' sounding much like the last one. Interesting to hear how when the 4th FG came to visit during a Russian shuttle mission they patronised the 325th until they themselves lost several aircraft in that theatre.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and breaks no new ground 8 Mar 2014
By JBS
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I was very disappointed with this work. It seemed to me to be a little dated. There's little or no detail about the 325th FG's opponents which meant that this is just a one-sided account of the unit's aerial engagements. I have the original history and this just rehashed it. The profiles are good but similar can be found easily on the internet. A missed opportunity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Checkertail Clan Aces! 27 Jan 2014
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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The 325th Fighter Group was one of the most distinguished USAAF fighter groups of World War II. Flying three different aircraft during its lifetime, the Group won two DUCs. Ranked as the second-deadliest Air Force MTO fighter group, the Checkertail Clain claimed 537 air kills, Almost half of that total was credited to just 27 pilots. Tom Ivie relates the exploits of the ACES OF THE 325TH FIGHTER GROUP in this 2013 Osprey release.

Checkertail Clan ops fell into three distinct stages. The Group first flew P-40s from April to September 1943, claiming 135 kills. Early Group aces included Frank Collins, 'Zack' Taylor, Walt Walker and Bob Baseler. Converting to the Thunderbolt, the Group flew P-47s until May 1944, claiming 153 more kills. Among the Checkertail pilots making ace in the Jug were Henschel Green, Gene Emmons, Bill Rynne and Bob Barkey. The Group then flew P-51s till war's end. Among the Mustang-era aces were Art Fiedler, Wayne Lowry, Ben Emmert, Bill Aron, Gordon McDonald and Cullen Hofffman. While some of the aces scored all their kills in just one of those aircraft, other long-serving pilots ran up scores in all three aircraft. The Checkertail Clan's top ace, 'Herky' Green, for example, had three kills in P-40s, ten in P-47s and five in P-51s.

Ivie does a good job of relating the combat exploits of the Group's aces against a backdrop of the 325th's combat career. He includes many combat reports and reminiscences from the pilots that put the reader right in the cockpit. Aside from one instance however, he doesn't compare American claims against actual Axis losses. The book would have been more valuable had Ivie utilized German and Italian records to present a more accurate account.

The many photographs included in the book are a big plus as is Chris Davey's marvelous color side-profiles that present the Group's Warhawks, Thunderbolts and Mustangs in all their Checkertail Clan finery.

ACES OF THE 325TH FIGHTER GROUP is a well-done, exciting addition to Osprey's long-running AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES series, this being #117. Fans of fighter combat will want to pick up a copy. Recommended.
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