The 359th Fighter Group first saw action on 13 December 1943, it initially flew bomber escort sweeps in P47s, before converting to th P-51 in April 1944. The 359th was credited with the destruction of 351 enemy aircraft between December 1943 and May 1945. The exploits of all 12 aces created by the group are detailed, along with the most significant missions flown.
Jack Smith is a native of Charleston, West Virginia. A life-long aviation enthusiast, he has written a number of titles on World War 2 aviation specific to the USAAF. He is also a master modeller, creating museum-quality replicas. Tom has illustrated a number of books in both the Aces and Combat Aircraft series. He was the first artist to produce material for Osprey Aviation electronically. Tom's most recent work can be found in Aircraft of the Aces 2: 'Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces of the Pacific and CBI' and Combat Aircraft 16: 'Spitfire Mark V Aces 1941-45'.