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Hell Hawks!

The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht

Hell Hawks! The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler's Wehrmacht
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
ISBN: 9780760329184
Publisher: Zenith Press
Illustrations: 47 b/w photos, 3 maps, 1 diagram
Size: 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.25
Weight: 0.06 lb.
Published: Jun. 15, 2008
Price: $24.95
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Hell Hawks sets a new standard for histories of the tactical anti-war in Europe. Veteran authors Bob Dorr and Tom Jones combine masterfully crafted veteran interviews with the broader picture of the air war fought by the Thunderbolt men. You gain a new appreciation of just how tough their deadly task was, and the courage needed to fly close air support against the Nazi fighters and flak. This outstanding book raises the bar on aviation history as it brings alive the true story of an aerial band of brothers." - Colonel Walter J. Boyne, National Aviation Hall of Famer, former director of the National Air & Space Museum, and best-selling author


Hell Hawks! is the story of the band of young American fighter pilots, and their gritty, close-quarters fight against Hitlers vaunted military. The "Hell Hawks" were the men and machines of the 365th Fighter Group.

Beginning just prior to D-Day, June 6, 1944, the groups young pilots (most were barely twenty years old and fresh from flight training in the United States) flew in close support of Eisenhowers ground forces as they advanced across France and into Germany. They flew the rugged, heavily armed P-47 Thunderbolt, aka the Jug. Living in tents amid the cold mud of their front-line airfields, the 365ths daily routine had much in common with that of the G.I.s they supported.

Their war only stopped with the Nazi surrender on May 8, 1945. During their year in combat, the Hell Hawks paid a heavy price to win the victory. Sixty-nine pilots and airmen died in the fight across the continent. The Groups 1,241 combat missions -- the daily confrontation of sudden, violent death -- forged bonds between these men that remain strong sixty years later. This book will tell their story, the story of the Hell Hawks.

Robert F. Dorr is an air force veteran (Korea, 1957 - 1960) and the author of sixty books. He has written thousands of articles for publications like Air and Space Smithsonian, Flight Journal, Air Forces Monthly, Air Power History, Aerospace America, and Air Force Times. Dorr lives with his family in Oakton, Virginia.

Thomas D. Jones is a veteran astronaut and consultant. He holds a Ph.D. in planetary sciences, flew on four space shuttle missions, and piloted B-52D bombers before joining NASA. He has written for Air and Space Smithsonian, Aerospace America, and Popular Mechanics. His autobiography is Sky Walking: An Astronautu2019s Memoir. Jones lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.
"The product of four years of research, [Hell Hawks!] doesn't merely entertain with 'I was there' tales of intrepid aviators, it takes the reader back to a time of our 'greatest generation,' and puts one alongside boys just out of their teens, uprooted from their peacetime lives and thrust, for example, into the cauldron of the Battle of the Bulge...gripping, accurate, and engaging."
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Chapter One: Hell Hawks over Normandy

Chapter Two: Over the Beach

Chapter Three: Who Were the Hell Hawks?

Chapter Four: Hedgerow Breakout

Chapter Five: Falaise and the Race across  France

Chapter Six: Bradley’s Aerial Hammer: Tank-Busting across France

Chapter Seven: The War of the Regular Guys

Chapter Eight: Stalemate over the Hürtgen

Chapter Nine: Air-To-Air

Chapter Ten: Thunderbolts over the Bulge

Chapter Eleven: Death from Above

Chapter Twelve: “That Is What Is Beating Us”

Chapter Thirteen: Getting Shot Down

Chapter Fourteen: Moving Up

Chapter Fifteen: Into the Reich

Chapter Sixteen: Fighting the Jets

Chapter Seventeen: The Price of Victory

Chapter Eighteen: The New Boys

Chapter Nineteen: Reckoning

Chapter Twenty: Final Flights


Appendix: What Happened to Them?