Flying Machines Press, Stratford, CT, 1st ed., 1997. 418 pp., 450 photo-ills., + some profiles, including 8pp., in colour. Laminated boards ; 29 x 22cm. Brand New (it arrived still in its cellophane wrapping but this had to be removed for the purpose of cataloguing the book) ; MINT. This is the first commercially-available history of the 31st Fighter Group, the highest-scoring fighter group in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations and one of only two American fighter groups to fly the famous Spitfire in combat. The history of the 31st Fighter Group is traced from its origins in the 1st Pursuit Group in World War One to the jets of today, with the focus on the 31st’s dramatic role in North Africa, Italy, and over the Reich in World War Two. The story is brought to life with personal anecdotes, aerial combat, 450 photos, and 8 pages of colour, including profiles of 31st Spitfires and P-51 Mustangs, and is brought up to date with photos, some in colour, of jets the 31st has flown since World War Two.