S u m m a r y
||Osprey Aviation Elite
Units No. 24
332nd Fighter Group Tuskegee Airmen
by Chris Bucholtz
with illustrations by Jim Laurier
||Soft cover, 128 pages
GB£13.99 online from Osprey Publishing
Good coverage of the type in these theatres; logically and
chronologically laid out
Tuskegee Airmen is available online from Squadron.com
Tuskegee Airmen and Red
Tails are just two of the appellations given to the 332nd
Fighter Group during World War II. The former name derived from the
fact that its pilots were trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama
USA, and the latter because is aircraft wore bright red noses and
tails. Apart from the outstanding record it carved for itself during
World War II, the 332nd Fighter
Group was also unique in that it was comprised of African American
new book from Osprey Publications (number 24 in its Aviation Elite
series) does justice to the 332nd’s proud history and
achievements. The book is authored by Chris Bucoltz, a name that will
surely be familiar to modelers and visitors to HyperScale through his
contributions to the Plane Talking forum (not to mention the fact that he
is the aircraft editor of Internet Modeler website) as well as his
articles that he has had published magazines such as Flight Journal, Air
Enthusiast, Plastic Kit Constructor and the IPMS/USA Journal..
The book is illustrated by Jim Laurier, another name that will be
familiar to readers of Osprey publications through his artwork in at
least five other of the Osprey books.
The book chronicles the
long war of the 332nd Fighter Group and details its battles
both in and out of the skies from its formation in October of 1942
through to its disbandment in October of 1945.
The book comprises ten
chapters, three appendices and an index. The individual chapters and
appendices are as follows:
Tuskegee 6. Small beginnings. Flying Training.
The Fighting 99th. 33rd
Fighter Group. Base Move. Fighting to Survive. Into Italy. Aerial
Combat Again. Invasion Protection.
Airacobras and Thunderbolts. Volcanic Eruption.
To War in the Thunderbolt. More Missions.
Enter the Mustang. Macchi Menace. Increased
On the Deck and Above the Clouds. Screening
Airfield Attacks. Carnage at Grosswarden.
The Toughest Month. More Losses.
Tightening the Noose. Strafers.
Grinding the Reich Down. Better Weather, More
Jets and Jubilation. Longest Mission. More Aerial
Victories. Last Aerial Victories.
Lockbourne and the End.
The Appendices are:
Appendix 1 – Victories of the 99th Fighter
Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group. (sorted by Squadron).
Appendix 2 – Pilots with Multiple Confirmed Aerial Kills –
a list of all pilots claiming more than two confirmed aerial kills.
(from highest downwards)
Appendix 3 – Commentary on the colour plates.
As per normal Osprey
practice, the book contains colour profiles of
the machines flown by the 332nd Fighter group. As can be
expected given the fame of the 332nd Fighter Group, their
aircraft have been well represented in decal format. Some of these are
amongst the profiles but there are others as well (more scope for the
decal manufacturers?). The profiles are pretty well across the range of
the machines flown by the group and include a T-6, P-39, P-40, P-47 as
well as their well known P-51s.
is really impressive are the black and white photographs. They are a
good mix of "official photographs" and of what appear to be photographs
taken by the Group’s members themselves. There are some excellent sharp
and clear “overall” photographs showing nose art and group markings as
well as brilliant public relations type close-ups of pilots in their
cockpits. These really are great especially if you are looking for
reference to detail the inner frames and locking mechanism on the
“coffin lid” P-51B canopies.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger
book consists of 128 pages printed on glossy paper between cardboard
covers. It contains 99 black and white photographs, 28 colour profiles
and colour renditions of the Group and each of its member squadron’s
Chris Bucholtz has done
a great job with this one and the vast amount of his planning and
research is evident in what you hold in your hands. His non-dramatic
and informative writing style shines through making it an easy and
Recommended to the modeller as well as the historian.
The front cover
features a painting by Mak Postlewaite. It illustrates Lieutenant
Roscoe Brown dispatching an Me-262 during the 332nd’s long
range mission to Berlin and back on 24 March 1945.
Osprey Publishing for the review sample
475th Fighter Group
Illustrator: Jim Laurie
UK Price: £13.99
Publish Date: January, 2007
Details: 128 pages; ISBN:
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 01 July, 2007
24 December, 2007
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