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by John Stanaway
Schiffer  1997
Soft cover
300 pages
Photographs, ace list, color plates
ISBN: 0764302485

Language: English

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Kearby's Thunderbolts
The 348th Fighter Group in World War II

The 348th Fighter Group (348th FG) flew the P-47D Thunderbolt in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) during World War II. The group's first Commanding Officer (C.O.) Colonel Neel E. Kearby and later Medal of Honor recipient used the heavy fighter effectively in New Guinea and in air combat over Wewak on New Guinea, and Cape Gloucester on New Britain.

Besides Neel Kearby, the 348th aces included William "Dinghy" Dunham, Bob Rowland, Bill Banks, John Moore, Sam Blair, and George Davis, the Texas ace who would later receive the Medal of Honor in Korea. Ending the war in P-51 Mustangs, the 348th ranged over the Japanese homeland - completing their impressive record and honor.

Previously, a prior version of this book with the same title "Kearby's Thunderbots" was published by Phalanx. This is a shorter softcover book of 108 pages ISBN 0-9625860-3-X with appendixes including Commanding Officer (C.O.) list, aircraft, casualties and victory claims and several combat reports.

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Review by  Justin Taylan  

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September 21, 2023

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