P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force Book Review
|Date of Review||November 2012||Title||P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force|
|Author||Jonathan Bernstein||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$22.95|
Originally designed as a high-altitude interceptor, P-47 Thunderbolts became principle US fighter-bombers during World War II. The Thunderbolt's strength, durability, and massive size earned it the nickname "Juggernaut" – or simply "Jug".
Twelfth Air Force personnel, already superb P-40 pilots, adapted the P-47 to ground attack roles. And tactics, techniques and procedures created by Thunderbolt pilots rapidly became standardized in USAAF tactical units.
Author Jonathan Bernstein traces P-47 history as a strategic escort aircraft – as well as a close air support and air interdiction platform. Bernstein chronicles significant contributions to Allied war efforts over Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) frontlines. The author leavens his narrative with vivid, first-hand combat accounts – metaphorically dropping readers into Jug cockpits.
Chris Davey illustrates MTO P-47 warpaint in a colorful 8-page spread – including Brazilian Thunderbolts. And archival Twelfth Air Force photos depict the heroic men and daring missions. One gun camera shot even shows a flaming Ar 96!
Osprey recommends "Aircraft of the Aces" volumes 24 (P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Eighth Air Force), 26 (Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces of the Pacific and CBI), and 30 (P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Ninth and Fifteenth Air Forces) as ideal companions.
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!