Truckbusters From Dogpatch (SB)

$44.95

The Combat Diary of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing in the Korean War, 1950-1953

by Tracy D. Connors, Ph.D., CAPT USN (Ret)

“What a tremendous, true combat history of a fighting outfit. I have never read the equal of this book…When looking for a thorough, education history of the air war in Korea, readers cannot do any better.”

Truckbusters From Dogpatch documents the records established by the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing during 37 months of arduous, costly combat—chronicling the events, accomplishments and sacrifices by some of the bravest “characters” in American military history who bequeathed an important heritage to subsequent generations serving in the U.S. Air Force. It moves past the relative sterility of fact and data, to reach a better understanding of the personalities behind the facts and data. It is not intended to be a comparative study of “props vs. jets” or to compare one unit’s statistics to another and thereby declare a “winner.”

• Over 700 pages, 8 ½ x 11 inch format, largest unit history of the Korean War
• Over 1,000 previously unpublished photographs and images.
• Riveting personal accounts from F-51 Mustang pilots and ground crewmen
• Extensive glossary of Korean War-era military slang and technical terms
• List of more than 3,500 Korean War Veterans of the 19th Fighter-Bomber Wing.

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Description

“With more than 1,000 black-and-white photographs and an engaging page layout somewhere between magazine and scrapbook, Truckbusters from Dogpatch is a rich historical document, entertaining read, and ode to the dedication, professionalism, creative problem-solving, and sacrifice of more than 3,500 of the Air Force’s finest. Author Tracy D. Connors has done a truly admirable job in writing and assembling this book. From the macroscopic view of the Wing’s role in the war, to the workarounds crew chiefs used to keep their Mustangs in the air, Truckbusters from Dogpatch is fascinating, informative, and visceral.”  – Bowker BookWire

Bowker BookWire Reviews… accorded Truckbusters From Dogpatch a 3 1/2 star review, the highest rating of any listed book .

Overview:

Early on the Sunday morning of June 25, 1950, North Korean military forces poured across the 38th parallel near Kaesong to invade the Republic of Korea (ROK). Almost immediately, North Korean fighter aircraft attacked both South Korean and United States Air Force aircraft and facilities at Seoul airfield and Kimpo Air Base, just south of Seoul. The brand new U.S. Air Force was involved in its first war as an independent United States military service.  Incredibly, that war continues to affect and influence global relations to this day.  In short, the so-called “Forgotten War” remains very much in mind.

Truckbusters From Dogpatch: The Combat Diary of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing in the Korean War, 1950-1953, is the incredible story of the men—pilots, ground crew and supporting elements—whose achievements and records during that bloody conflict not only made U.S. Air Force history, but helped the newly fledged military service gain the confidence and respect it now enjoys.

Truckbusters From Dogpatch documents the records established by the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing during 37 months of arduous, costly combat—chronicling the events, accomplishments and sacrifices by some of the bravest “characters” in American military history who bequeathed an important heritage to subsequent generations serving in the U.S. Air Force. It moves past the relative sterility of fact and data, to reach a better understanding of the personalities behind the facts and data. It is not intended to be a comparative study of “props vs. jets” or to compare one unit’s statistics to another and thereby declare a “winner.”

• Over 700 pages, 8 ½ x 11 inch format, largest unit history of the Korean War
• Over 1,000 previously unpublished photographs and images.
• Riveting personal accounts from F-51 Mustang pilots and ground crewmen
• Extensive glossary of Korean War-era military slang and technical terms
• List of more than 3,500 Korean War Veterans of the 19th Fighter-Bomber Wing.

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