As the first unit to fly the Merlin-engined P-51B in combat, the 354th Fighter Group adopted the nickname qPioneer Mustang Group.q Until D-Day, it escorted 8th AF heavy bombers to targets on the European Continent. The group then moved to France and supported Patton's Third Army from Normandy to Bavaria, and also participated in the Battle of the Bulge. Its pilots scored over 600 confirmed air victories, and forty-three of them became aces. This book is an almost day-to-day account of their aerial combat experiences and the qgypsyq lifestyle they and their support personnel led as they moved from one airfield to another across Western Europe.... him of his parachute, hid it in a nearby haystack, buried his wallet containing some personal papers in a potato patch, and hurried him to ... One of the Frenchmen was directed to get the morphine needle from his escape kit and administer the drug. ... The targets were railroads, trains, and marshalling yards, and the Pioneer Mustang pilots left a trail of destruction across a ... Just then I noticed a lot of light flak tracers all around us, and Lt. Whelan started smoking from the prop spinner.
|Title||:||The Pioneer Mustang Group|
|Publisher||:||Schiffer Publishing - 2008|