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Comment: Publisher: Schiffer Books
Date of Publication: 1998
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Edition: Second Edition
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Description: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 0764306642 Ex-Library WE SPECIALIZE IN AVIATION BOOKS. 125 pages, well illustrated with B&W & Colour photographs. Originally written in 1946, this is the excellent account of the author's days as a P-38 Lightning pilot with the American 98th Fighter Squadron. It provides a personal and vivid account of his war in the air over Europe and Africa, and of his evasion and escape after being shot down over France. Ex-library copy with usual stamps in front, otherwise Fine throughout in slightly worn/chipped dust-jacket.
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HAPPY JACKS GO BUGGY: A Fighter Pilot's Story (Schiffer Military Aviation History) Hardcover – 31 Aug 2004

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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: SCHIFFER PUBLISHING LTD; Second Edition edition (31 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764306642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764306648
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,936,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Two Years in the Life . . . 20 Jan. 1999
By Michael T. Terry ( - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Jack Ilfrey was a WWII fighter pilot in Europe and Africa. His colorful career is recounted here in very interesting detail. This is not just a "There I was inverted at 500 feet with both engines out" book but rather an overview of what ALL of a fighter pilot's life was like during the height of the war. We read about hijinks on the ground, fear and bravery in the air, and under it all, a great will to be done with it. Ilfrey conveys what it must have been like to be 20 years old, with terrific freedom, in a foreign country, during wartime. He was quite the nonconformist, which led to his being demoted several times. Still, his attributes as a fighter pilot kept him in the fight, to the benefit of us all. If you like WWII aviation, read this book. If you end up liking Jack Ilfrey, as I sure did, visit the web page dedicated to him, A Tribute to Jack Ilfrey.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Citizen Soldiers Vanquish Enemy 1 Jan. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Part vanity publication, part photo album of two fast-paced combat tours, Ilfrey gives us the whole fighter pilot experience. He must have loved the P-38; even was interviewed on the radio regarding its' strengths versus Luftwaffe fighters. He answered that when pursued, 'You whip around to meet them with all your guns wide open....' (Interview with Winston Burdett 21 March 1943)
You will also be intrigued to read of a later mission, now in the single-seat P-51 Mustang, he landed to pick up a wingman who had been forced down in occupied Holland by damage:
' I taxied a short distance up to Kelso, set the brakes, and jumped out onto the wing. I threw my parachute and dinghy off and motioned Kelso to climb into the cockpit. He sat down into the bucket seat and I climbed in on top of him. We soon discovered that four legs impaired my ability to operate the rudder controls, so I stood up and he crossed his legs and I sat down on them. We had no time for seat or harness adjustments. I almost scalped myself trying to close the canopy. Thank God it was a P-51 "D" model [with slightly higher canopy].
...I almost castrated myself pulling the stick back into my crotch, but we managed to clear the trees. ' (p. 95) -this, in enemy territory, was a rare event, but just part of the colorful exploits by these mavericks.
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happy jacks go buggy 29 May 2011
By charles a. cobb - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
wanted to know the full story of jack ilfrey. this book tells the story of the raw adventures of a young man thrust into war. ilfrey was abit wild and nonconforming, but a very deadly hunter in the p-38 fighter he flew. great book about an american hero of WWII. recommend it to anyone.
Very cool book. 23 Jan. 2014
By jen bartz - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have made my dad very happy with the purchase of this book. Because it tells a story about his uncle James Harman who he is named after and why he didn't come home from this War.
Five Stars 17 Nov. 2014
By Ronald Grein - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Super good book
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