The painting on the front cover of this book first attracted my attention. It shows a P-47 over the Normandy invasion fleet with a big hole in its right wing, the ammunition cover door open (acting like a big flap but on the top rather than the bottom of the wing), and belts of ammunition streaming in the wind. Particularly striking was the look, no the stare, the pilot is giving the wing to see if it's going to hold together. Later in the book the author tells the story of being over France and shooting up an anti-aircraft gun just as the gun got him.
This is the story of one man's war as seen from the cockpit of every World War II U.S. fighter plane except the P-38, but even indluding the jet powered Bell P-59. He joined before the war and flew through the entire conflict, 105 combat missions. He left the war as a Colonel, having commanded 506th Squadron.