Aces in Training /North Africa: Aces' Breeding Ground /Mediterranean Sweep /Strategic Lightnings /Appendices: Ace listings; Aircraft listings; Colour Plates commentaries
No fewer than 25 pilots from the 82nd FG became aces, and 55 others scored three or four kills. This book will look at the unit's history through the eyes of its most successful pilots and leaders, detailing both their exploits and their personal experiences.
Steve Blake, a retired US civil servant and a freelance writer and editor, has been researching and writing about World War 2 fighter operations for more than 30 years. This is his third book on the Lightning, and he has had dozens of articles published in various periodicals. For the past ten years he has also been editor of Lightning Strikes, the official publication of the P-38 National Association. Chris Davey has illustrated more than 30 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft, and Aviation Elite Units series. He is one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business and has become Osprey's artist of choice for both USAAF fighters and RAF subject matter, proving his undoubted skill when dealing with large aircraft subjects such as the Halifax and Sunderland. Chris is based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
"In this book by Steve Blake, we get a good look at the 82nd from inception until the end of the war. Its early days of training in the US as well as its exploits in North Africa, Sicily and Italy are covered in some detail. We get to meet the pilots of the unit, read of some of their more interesting exploits and see period photos of these men and their aircraft. Typical of the series, the research is very well done, something we have come to expect from Osprey titles." --Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (September 2012)"Chris Davey's color profiles and nose scrap views of 82nd FG P-38s -- including Snooks IV, Sloan's famous mount -- should certainly inspire modeling projects. Archival photos further enhance the first-hand accounts -- and give glimpses into the lives of these brave men. Highly recommended reading." --Rachel Veres, www.cybermodeler.com (November 2012)"[The book] pairs detailed histories of the elite fighter pilots with discussions of their aircraft and first-hand accounts by the combat veterans themselves, adding specially comissioned original color artwork, new scale plans, and fine, archival photos. The result is a top pick, highly recommended for any military aircraft collection." --The Midwest Book Review (November 2012)