• Fighter Group

  • The 352nd “Blue-Nosed Bastards” in World War II
  • By: Lt. Col. Jay A. Stout
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (409 ratings)

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Fighter Group

By: Lt. Col. Jay A. Stout
Narrated by: Donald Corren
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Jay A. Stout breaks new ground in World War II history with this gripping account of one of the war’s most highly decorated American fighter groups. Stout combines the storytelling gifts and careful research for a seasoned historian with the combat experience of a former fighter pilot to tell the remarkable story of the 352nd Fighter Group. This isn’t just the story of a single fighter group; it’s the story of how the United States won the air war over Europe.

©2012 Jay A. Stout (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing
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This is a fantastic, through, in depth, and personal history of the 352nd fighter group.

I could not be more pleased with book. The story, the thoroughness, the first hand narrative continuously weaved throughout. This is how you blend technical, historical, and personal history. This book is assessable to the less detailed oriented historian who love history and might just be someone who loves planes. That does not mean however, that history geeks won’t get their fill. There is plenty of “real” history in the book. There is no glossing over or abridgment. You get plenty for your credit. I highly recommend it. I thought it was better than “The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe”.

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Everything you didn’t know about fighter pilots.

This is an amazing story. I could not wait to go to bed to listen. The stories are phenomenal. They go into every aspect of what it means to be a fighter pilot. From fine tuning their engines, to assignments, actual dogfights, the loss of friends,
seeing both sides ( a few ) machine gun pilots hanging in their parachutes.
There are just so many details in the story ... Stout really made it come alive.

If enjoy WWII history; you will throughly enjoy this book.

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Outstanding

I rarely review books however, this book deserves notice. The narration was beautifully
presented. The author’s research was obvious.
An outstanding historical recounting of fighter pilots of WW2. Highly recommend.

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The narration...

You know the end of the story, but the narration is some of the best I've heard on an Audible book.

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Worth you time

Such a great (true) story of brave men and the perils of still early military aviation.

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Well balanced narrative.

This book provided the perfect balance between individuals events, fighter group achievements and the historical evaluation of the 352. One of my more favorite reads this year.

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Great WWII Characters and History

as a pilot and WWII buff. I thought it very interesting. Found information I hadn't realized. Enlightenment.

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The historical work to write this book was beyond amazing

Though this book is long. The time listening to it went way too quickly. The information and stories of the 382nd in this book made me feel like I was part of these amazing pilots and soldiers lives. The loss of life so real, but the tenacity and love of country even more real. I can’t say enough good things about this book. I feel personally that this should be taught in a history class for all.

We forget all that was and who were sacrificed for what we have today.

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loved it. learned so much

It was better than what I was expecting. It went back-and-forth and covered so many details that I had asked myself over time but never remind myself to learn certain aspects. I felt like I was the part of the unit at times and the stories made me picture what it was really like. Definitely a must read.

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Comute companion

Well, too bad my VW is not a P-51. Very interesting account, definitely a different world. The author is very knowledgeable, and the narrator is also very good. I might have missed the explanation during an interstate dogfight, but after all those hours, I still do not know who first painted the nose blue, neither the inspiration for it. Other than that, I highly recommend the book.

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  • S R Dawson
  • 09-29-21

Well worth a listen

I have been interested in WW2 aviation all my life and this didn't disappoint.

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  • Mrs Carol Anne Smith
  • 09-07-21

fascinating insight

Really enjoyed the book. Have found an interest in fighters I didn't have before.
Really enjoyed the content

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  • Craig
  • 08-18-21

Riveting!

A grear story from WW2 aviation. Keeps you interested from start too finish. Good narrative leads to excellent story telling, unfortunately, storys that are true. Well worth the listen.

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  • A Normandy anorak
  • 03-17-22

Excellent account

Well researched, well written and well read. Another epic account of the bravery and skill of a special generation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-22

Great

A wonderful insight into a part of WW2 about which I obviously knew very little, engrossing from beginning to end

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  • GC
  • 01-03-22

Enlightening Tribute

Whilst an anticipated catalogue of the events courage and sacrifice made by a WW2 generation this book follows the lives of US flyers and aces in the struggle to secure freedom in the air for all. It enables us to also reflect upon the lives of all of the Allied Airmen their Support Groups and their loved ones in the relative safety of our now comfortable existence. Worth listening.

Lest We Forget.

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  • Ashley
  • 02-21-22

Slow and boring.

Couldn't finish it. 7 hours in it was going nowhere. Even the chapter "Combat" had no combat. Sounds like the 352nd were bored.

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  • Hamish
  • 01-22-22

Another Great Military Aviation Chronicle

Col Stout has once again produced a brilliant record of a famous WW2 fighting force. Many amazing stories makes this excellent book essential reading/listening for the WW2 aviation enthusiast.