Here we have assembled a number of quick links. While "Google" is your friend and with a bit of hunting you can find pretty much anything, we have posted a few links here that may be of interest to anyone looking for more information on the P47 "Thunderbolt" or a bit of the history of the real 56th FG




Author- Roger A Freeman

One of the first Thunderbolt groups to see action in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the US Army Air Forces, the 56th Fighter Group (FG) was also the only fighter unit within the Eighth Air Force to remain equipped with the mighty P-47 until war's end. Led by the inspirational 'Hub' Zemke, this group was responsible for devising many of the bomber
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Author- Jerry Scutts

The US aviation industry produced three great fighter designs to equip its burgeoning army air force during World War 2, and of this trio, Republic's P-47 Thunderbolt was easily the heaviest. Powered, crucially, by a turbocharged Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine that produced 2000 hp, the first production fighters reached the 56th FG in June 1942,
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Author_ Jerry Scutts

This book charts the story of the lesser known aces who flew the mighty Republic aircraft as a tactical fighter-bomber with the Ninth Air Force, rather than as a long-range escort. It also details the exploits of the Mediterranean-based 325th FG, which was the only P-47 group within the strategic Fifteenth Air Force. Thunderbolt aces within the Ninth Air Force,…
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Author- David R McLarin

With names like Zemke, Schilling, Gabreski, Mahurin and Johnson, the 56th Fighter Group was, and still is, one of the legendary fighter units of World War II. BEWARE THE THUNDERBOLT ( the apt official motto of the 56th) is the story of the 56th Fighter Group in a chronological narrative of their combat missions. Composed of heroic pilots that aggressively took the…
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Author- Cole Molsworth

If ever a man has earned his place in the annals of military history, that man is Francis "Gabby" Gabreski. His exploits as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea are legendary; his rise from humble beginnings to success in military and business careers is inspiring. This is the full story of Gabby Gabreski, told in his own words. Gabreski's life is a classic…
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Author- Jeffery L Ethell

This incredible volume brings together in one book two outstanding titles previously published by MBI: Bomber Command, a history of American bombers in World War II, and Fighter Command, the story of the fighters that escorted those bombers. Each book chronicles U.S. Army Air Force operations in the European and Mediterranean theaters. First-person accounts and…
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  Hitech Creations


Creators, designers, and host of the game "Aces High". A WWII simulation game with battles in the air, on the land and at sea.


  P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot's Association


The website is dedicated to preserving the memories of the men and women who flew the P-47 Thunderbolt "Jug" in World War II.


  Design Analysis of the P47


In the creation and conception of the Thunderbolt, her designer exploited every known advantage


  Little Friends
56th Fighter Group Page


Details of all the aircraft attached to the 56th FG





History of the career of Col. Hubert "Hub" Zemke    



History of the 56th FG