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The Fight in the Clouds: The Extraordinary Combat Experience of P-51 Mustang Pilots During World War II
This is as close as you'll get to a World War II - era P-51 Mustang without flying one yourself. The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang first started appearing in real numbers in 1943, at the climax of the Allied campaign in World War II. Able to fly long ranges, it was the perfect escort, keeping bombers protected all the way from Allied bases in Europe, the Mediterrane ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 15th 2014 by Zenith Press
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This is one of the best books about the P-51 Mustang's combat service in the Second World War that I've yet read. It is full of personal accounts (inclusive of official wartime combat reports) from pilots who flew the Mustang against the Luftwaffe and the Japanese in the Pacific. The reader is liable to get a vicarious feel of being at the controls of the Mustang, be it on a bomber escort mission over Germany, braving flak while strafing an enemy airfield or troop concentration, or in the thick ...more
May 27, 2014 Marathon County Public Library MCPL rated it 4 of 5 stars
The North American P-51 Mustang enabled America to defeat the Axis powers in World War II. James Busha's book FIGHT IN THE CLOUDS describes many of the exciting air battles waged by P-51 pilots in the European and Pacific Theaters. Reminiscences by air aces, who downed five or more enemy aircraft, are intermingled with accounts by 'regular Joe' P-51 pilots who didn't make ace. Busha's book is a wide-ranging and compelling account of American pilots in deadly air action.
Mike O. / Marathon County
Busha, a magazine editor for Flight Journal and EAA Warbirds, presents a nice collection of stories featuring P-51 pilots and their experiences during WWII. The book is a nice mix of first person accounts spread throughout WWII.