1st ed., 1978. 152 pp., profusely illustrated with cold. + b&w photo-ills., + b&w ills. D.j., 28 x 21cm. Nr.FINE. Built in larger numbers than any other American fighter, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was the heaviest single-engine fighter to reach large-scale service. Despite its size and weight, one Thunderbolt model was the fastest Allied propeller-driven fighter to see combat and it had the most effective armament of any World War II fighter. This book tells the technical and combat story of the Thunderbolt, explaining its development, tactical employment as an escort fighter and its adaptation to the role in which it excelled – ground attack. Included are details of service use by Allied air forces, accounts by pilots who flew this fighter in different theatres of war, and technical data on all Thunderbolt models.