By Jerry Scutts
This booklet charts the tale of the lesser identified aces who flew the potent Republic airplane as a tactical fighter-bomber with the 9th Air strength, instead of as a long-range escort. It additionally information 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, rather, have been infrequent, regardless of a few 15 teams flying the fighter. aiding troops at the floor instead of looking for aerial foes, used to be the secret for the lads of the 9th. even though, 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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