Howard Fogg – Master Railroad Artist, World War II Fighter Pilot by Richard and Janet Fogg
Nominated in 2012 by the Air Force Historical Foundation for best WWII book reviewed in Air Power History.
Prior to his distinguished career that saw him referred to as the dean of American railroad artists, Captain Howard Fogg kept a diary during his World War II combat tour in England. He flew 76 missions with the 359th Fighter Group in both bomber escort and ground attack roles.
From his backstage encounter in a London theater with Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, to the pre-dawn chaplain’s benediction on June 6, 1944, to a mission escorting B-17s flying down a valley in the snow capped French Alps as they dropped supplies to French freedom fighters, Fogg in the Cockpit offers a first hand look at Howard’s fascinating and often unexpected story.
“As an ex-fighter pilot I read the book with great anticipation and was rewarded with a gem.” ~ Rene Burtner, 369th Fighter Squadron Leader, 359th Fighter Group
“Fogg’s uncensored insights into the day-to-day routine of a typical fighter pilot offer an informative perspective. To provide some historical context for the layperson, the Foggs briefly interject significant events elsewhere in the world. The historical summaries and morale reports provide a point of view on a grander scale.” ~ Lt. Col. Steve Ellis, USAFR (Ret.), Docent, Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington.
a short essay
A cherished memory of my mother and our Christmas tree.
an ebook anthology
Included in this anthology is The Smile of an Angel by Janet Fogg, a story about Janet and her mother. A 1943 story from the 359th Fighter Group’s archives, My Most Memorable Christmas by Sgt. James Underwood, was also selected for inclusion!
Heart of Christmas celebrates a blessed time of year with lighthearted tales of friends and family, beautiful poems, quotations, and some favorite yuletide songs.