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I´m looking for books about the P-47 Thunderbolt

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  1. Skua

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    Preferably about the technical aspects.

    I have the Warbird Tech book, but I want something more in-depth and elaborate. If it has been written.
     
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    Thanks Dave. :)

    They didn´t have any books about the Thunderbolt which were new to me, but they had a few other books on my 'to buy' list at some very comfortable prices. So, I really appreciated the link. :)
     
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    try some of their military dvds, i just got sas survial guide (guardians against terror) and i got several books of the site, sterling's men and Infantry weapons of WW2(i collect gun books)
     
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    I will. I have finally submitted to the fact that I need a DVD-player.
     
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    martian cadin

    has written one called the wolfpack or something like that. he has several very good books on WWII aircraft including the P-38, the Zero, and the B-17 as well as the Jug
     
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    Try here.

    http://www.warbirdalley.com/p47-b.htm

    I really liked the book Thunderbolt! by Robert S. Johnson (with Martin Caidin).

    Not very technical as I recall, but one of the better memoir books I have read. Johnson obviosuly loved the P-47.
     
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    A good book on the P-47 is Thunderbolt: From Seversky to Victory, by Warren M. Bodie (Widewing Publications, 1994). Bodie provides a good history of the development, deployment, and operational use of the T-bolt. The book's 417 pages are very well illustrated throughout with b/w photos, as well as 43 pages of wartime color photos, 11 pages of color profiles, and 3 pages of color illustrations. He effectively weaves operational accounts with discussions of ongoing technical development efforts to overcome shortcomings. He also has strong opinions on various policies and decisions, and doesn't hesitate to make them known!
     
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    Thanks fsbof.

    Sounds like what I'm looking for.

    Welcome to the forum. :)
     
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    Notta problemo. Good luck in finding the book - I'm not sure if it's still in print; you might have to try a used-book outlet (like Abebooks.com). BTW, Bodie also wrote a very similar book on the P-38, which I think is a better book because he has a long history associated with writing about the Lightning.
     
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    Found the book! The downside is that I have to pay 120GBP for it. Second hand! :-?


    On a more positive note I also found Bodie's book about the P-38 to the more modest sum of 12GBP ( paperback edition ).
     
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    Ouch ! That's a tad steep - over US$200 - didn't know it was going for that much. Another good book featuring the P-47 (probably more reasonably priced too) is called "Thunderbolt: Memoirs of a World War II Fighter Pilot," by Marvin Bledsoe (1982, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.; ISBN 0-442-21355-7). Bledsoe recounts his experiences flying with the 353 FG out of Raydon, England in 1944. It's a personal story, telling of stress, fatigue, fear, and loss of friends while flying escort and ground-support missions (including during D-Day). Good first-hand story.
     
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    Skua - if you haven't purchased Bodie's Thunderbolt book yet, check Abebooks.com, which lists a copy from a dealer in the UK for 50 GBP (not including shipping).
     
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    Thanks. :)

    No, I haven't purchased it yet. 120GBP is far too much to pay for a book. 50GBP is a lot better, but still a tad expensive. I'll wait and see for a while. Books have a tendency to turn up at a more reasonable price sooner or later.
     
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    You are right about that - it's usually worth waiting, even for hard-to-find OOP books. Good luck !
     
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    Thanks! :)
     

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