Tales 359th 3DTales from the 359th Fighter Group

Finalist: The 2019 Wishing Shelf Book Awards

A fascinating insight into life as a fighter pilot during World War Two. Highly recommended. ~ The Wishing Shelf

In December 1943 the newly formed 359th Fighter Group flew its first mission in the European Theater of Operations. Twenty-two months later World War II ended, and in November 1945 the 359th was inactivated, with 346 combat missions and 13,455 sorties to its credit. This collection of bar stories, mission reports, POW internments, and post-war reflections provides a first-hand account of life on base, in the air, and going on leave in war-time England, as recounted by the 359th’s pilots, officers, and enlisted men.

“Had bad day strafing a train near Karlsruhe. Bounced off the smokestack and tore large hole in right wing and lost airspeed indicator. Had to land at St. Trond when engine caught fire. Necessary to dodge steamroller and bomb crater when attempting landing on runway. Then things got worse.” ~ Capt. Rene L. Burtner Jr.”

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Manifest 3DA Manifest Spirit

The 359th Fighter Group 1943-1945

Wonderful piece of history. ~ Becky Strandberg

The three fighter squadrons of the 359th Fighter Group, based at Station F-133 northeast of London, flew 346 missions over continental Europe between 13 December 1943 and 25 April 1945. Flying in broad daylight over enemy-held territory, their green-nosed Thunderbolts and Mustangs not only protected the bombers but often embraced an even more dangerous tactical role engaging targets on the ground. In the deadly dance that ensued many a brave young pilot lost his life in the skies over western Europe, but our bombers got through and the GIs landed at Normandy.

Relying not on recollections rendered imprecise by the passage of time, or secondhand reports which inevitably lose context, A Manifest Spirit instead presents observations from the group historian, base chaplain, and the fighter pilots themselves, recorded as they occurred during the conflict. The complex operation of a wartime fighter base, the deep satisfaction of a successful mission, and the heartbreak of waiting for pilots that never returned, are presented with the clarity that can only come from contemporaneous reports.

Fogg it C 3DFogg in the Cockpit

Howard Fogg – Master Railroad Artist, World War II Fighter Pilot

#1 Best Seller on Amazon Kindle in four categories!

One of five books nominated in 2012 by the Air Force Historical Foundation for best WWII book reviewed in Air Power History

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, WA

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.

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Heart Christmas 3DHeart of Christmas

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.


Zinas Writings 3DZina’s Writings and Related Documents

Born in 1867, Arozina (Zina) Celestine Cox, my great-great grandmother, married Aldo Knot (Kink) Cox in 1885. Zina bore nine children, two of whom died in infancy, and one who at age 14 was shot and killed. Zina believed her teen son Vere was murdered at the mill where Aldo worked. Considering her education, poverty, the loss of three children, separation from her husband, and little formal religious education, Zina lived with strength and became inspired by God to share her tragic and sometimes beautiful life in these, her “writings.”

I am happy to provide a pdf of this book to relatives of Zina and Aldo. Please contact me here.

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