By Janet Fogg,Charlotte Baldridge,Richard Fogg

the 3 fighter squadrons of the 359th Fighter workforce, established at Station F-133 northeast of London, flew 346 missions over continental Europe among thirteen December 1943 and 25 April 1945. Flying in extensive sunlight over enemy-held territory, their green-nosed Thunderbolts and Mustangs not just safe the bombers yet frequently embraced a fair extra risky tactical function attractive goals at the floor. within the lethal dance that ensued many a courageous younger pilot misplaced his lifestyles within the skies over western Europe, yet our bombers received via and the GIs landed at Normandy.

Relying now not on memories rendered vague by way of the passage of time, or secondhand experiences which necessarily lose context, A show up Spirit as an alternative offers observations from the crowd historian, base chaplain, and the fighter pilots themselves, recorded as they happened throughout the clash. The advanced operation of a wartime fighter base, the deep pride of a winning undertaking, and the heartbreak of watching for pilots that by no means back, are provided with the readability which could in basic terms come from contemporaneous reports.

A happen Spirit is a tribute to the officials that gave the 359th Fighter staff its association and course, the enlisted males who made it paintings, and mainly the pilots, 121 of whom made the final word sacrifice within the pursuit of freedom.

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