Manifest front coverA Manifest Spirit

The 359th Fighter Group 1943-1945

Before Allied forces could set boots on the shores of Normandy, it was imperative that Germany’s capacity to wage war be dealt a crippling blow. This was the mission of the U.S. Eighth Air Force: to fly deep into the heartland of Germany and the countries it occupied, targeting factories, infrastructure, air bases and more. The Germans fought back savagely, and were it not for the “little friends,” the Eighth Air Force fighter escorts, it is doubtful our bombers could have prevailed. But prevail they did, thanks to the dedication and sacrifice of fifteen fighter groups scattered throughout England. This is the story of one such group.

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.

A Manifest Spirit is a tribute to the officers that gave the 359th Fighter Group its organization and direction, the enlisted men who made it work, and above all the pilots, 121 of whom made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom.

Fogg in the CockpitFogg in the Cockpit

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

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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, Washington.

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.

Heart coverHeart 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.

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