P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Ninth and Fifteenth Air Forces by Jerry Scutts

By Jerry Scutts

This ebook charts the tale of the lesser recognized aces who flew the powerful Republic plane as a tactical fighter-bomber with the 9th Air strength, instead of as a long-range escort. It additionally info the exploits of the Mediterranean-based 325th FG, which was once the one P-47 team in the strategic 15th Air strength. Thunderbolt aces in the 9th Air strength, really, have been infrequent, regardless of a few 15 teams flying the fighter. aiding troops at the flooring instead of seeking out aerial foes, used to be the secret for the lads of the 9th. despite the fact that, with the Luftwaffe frequently opposing such sorties via to April 1945, greater than 20 pilots had the chance to attain 5 or extra kills and 'make ace'.

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Despite these terrible losses, the Germans took Oslo before the day was over. The Lutzow and the other ships that had been following the Bliicher backed down the fjord and managed to get their troops ashore. The soldiers then stormed the island fortress and moved on toward the city. Meanwhile, paratroopers and other airborne forces captured the city's airfield and swiftly deployed into the key government areas in Oslo's center. From footholds up and down the Norwegian coast, Wehrmacht army units were soon moving inland against little opposition.

Range finders with radar Armored barbette cylinder 80. 55. Chart house Turret Anton 81. Battery Crew living and mess spaces Anchor windlass machinery room 82. 83. Upper platform deck Boatswain's storeroom 84. Middle platform deck 56. Auxiliary 57. Central 58. machinery room damage-control station Conning tower 59. Sick bay 60. Antiaircraft-gun repair Fuel-transfer shop pumps and manifolds Lumber storeroom deck Tween deck 85. Lower platform deck 86. Paravane tube Campaign! off Health and Deception efore noon on October 17, 1939, six weeks after the beginning of the war, German destroyers sailed from the North Sea of Wilhelmshaven, bound for the enemy coast.

The first magnetic mines were laid by German submarines. Gliding submerged into British harbors and estuaries, the U-boats launched the mines through their torpedo tubes and slipped away undetected. German destroyers, meanwhile, were sowing huge fields of the more plentiful contact mines along their home coasts as a defensive measure against British naval raids. The so-called West Wall that they created stretched 150 miles from the Dutch coast up into the Skagerrak, the arm of the North Sea between Denmark and Norway.

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