Flying a Mustang in the 357th Fighter Group


I wrote about this the other day a bit –  Since hearing Bud talk about his times flying in the famous 357th Fighter Group, it’s been difficult to put his book down.

I’d like to say that he “puts you in the seat” during a mission into Germany, but I think that is a bit disrespectful to those who fought (and died) performing those missions.

However he sure tells the story well about what it was like to be one of the “Yoxford Boys”.

From the time he finally left stateside (and in a bit of serendipity, I realized that my father was on the same ship that he was!), to flying in the P-39 and transitioning to the Mustang, the history of the Merlin in the Mustang, to an actual mission, you are as close to being there as you can get.

He tells you what it was like those first missions (“do five and stay alive“), to the strategy in switching fuel tanks.

You learn about the missions when there are a thousand planes rendezvousing in fog so thick you can barely see your wing man. What it was like tangling with 109s and 190s.

And, you even  learn what a “Piccadilly Commando” was.

If you enjoy flying at all and WW2 history, you will enjoy this book.


Filed under Books, Flying, Heroes Among Us, History, Uncategorized

2 responses to “Flying a Mustang in the 357th Fighter Group

  1. Just down the road from me, Bill! Chuck Yeager was a ‘Yoxford Boy’. The base is now a camping and caravan site called “Cakes and Ale” with a 1/6th scale P51 as a gate guard. There’s a small museum shed on site with some good pictures and memorabilia.

    • Bill Brandt

      I would love to visit that area HD! Funny thing is that Bud Anderson grew up in our foothills and still lives there. And his friend Chuck Yeager lives just 20 miles away or so.

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