Item description for WOLFPACK WARRIORS: The Story of World War II's Most Successful Fighter Outfit by Roger Anthony Freeman...
In the later years of the Second World War Germany was subjected to a tremendous onslaught by the bomber commands of both the RAF and USAAF, as well as being assaulted by land. For these twin strategies to succeed the Allies had to obtain and hold air supremacy over Western Europe. That this was achieved was predominantly the work of USAAF long-range fighters operating from the eastern shores of England, who thereby made a major contribution to victory.
The 56th Fighter Group, or Zemke's Wolfpack as they became known, more than any other, led the way and at the end of hostilities had the highest score of enemy aircraft shot down as well as having produced the top American fighter aces of the conflict.
This is an account of why and how this famous unit became so successful and the way in which its ethos and spirit was forged. Although following a chronological path of training and operations, this book is not a dedicated unit history, the narrative being primarily concerned with the personnel, both pilots and ground crew. Some one hundred veterans have been contacted by the author over the past ten years of his research and many of their recollections and photographs are woven into the story, reflecting in candid fashion the thoughts and actions of the young fighting men of this ground-breaking unit.
Roger A. Freeman is the author of more than fifty books on Second World War subjects and specialises in the men, aircraft and operations of USAAF.
His interest stems from boyhood experiences including working on and around an airfield which housed the organisation that is the subject of this book.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street
ISBN 1904010938 ISBN13 9781904010937
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More About Roger Anthony Freeman
Semi-retired Essex farmer Roger Freeman is undoubtedly the most published author on the Eighth Air Force, having produced the seminal works ‘ The Mighty Eighth’ - the most popular book of all time in ‘ Flypast’ survey - and the ‘ Mighty Eighth War Manual’ in the early 1970s. This is his first book for Osprey.
Roger Freeman has an academic affiliation as follows - University of British Columbia.
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Insightful Look at the 8th AF's Top Guns! Dec 9, 2005
There have been many books on the top-scoring 56th FG. Some have recounted the missions flown, victories scored, etc. in greater depth. Some have featured many more photographs. But Freeman's book has really captured the essence of the 56th FG - who those people really were and why they were so successful. In my estimation, it ranks as perhaps the best book on the Wolfpack.
Most 56th FG histories, and most group histories in general, relate WHAT that particular unit accomplished. They never go beyond that point and reveal to the reader WHO those people were, what they were like as people, how various pilots and group personnel were viewed within the group, personality clashes and so on. That kind of information takes a lot of more digging on the part of would-be authors.
Freeman took the time and did the research to be able to present the human face of the 56th FG. So if you want to get the straight skinny on Hub Zemke or Dave Schilling, Bob Johnson, Paul Conger, etc. and learn why the Group became the 8th AF's top guns, grab a copy of Freeman's book. You won't regret it. Highly recommended!
*** Sadly, WOLFPACK WARRIORS was one of the last books penned by Roger Freeman. Freeman was THE 8th Air Force historian. His "Mighty Eighth" books stand as testament to his skills as a researcher and writer. He will be sorely missed!
Luftwaffe What If's Mar 9, 2005
There were a lot of American fighter groups based in England. One of them had to have the best record, and that was the 56th. Flying P-47s the 56th ended the war with more than a thousand victories.
This is the story of the group from its formation to the end of the war. It is based on the official records of the group as well as with interviews on over a hundred vetrans of the group.
One, surprising to me, incident described in the book involved taking an old worn out P-47 and re-building it as a two seater. The worn out airplane had been flown for three hundred hours. Now a days, a plane with only 300 hours of flight time is hardly broken in.