Mustang Ace: Memoirs of a P-51 Fighter Pilot

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When Bob Goebel left home to join the Army Air Corps in 1942, he was a nineteen years old and a high school graduate. Cadet Goebel worked his way steadily through the Basic, Primary, and Advanced phases of military flight training, and found in himself an aptitude for flight. After graduation from flight school with his new wings and new commission as a 2d Lieutenant, he and his classmates were posted to a fighter squadron defending the Panama Canal. By the spring of 1944 he was on his way tto Italy and the 31st Fighter Group, one of the top fighter outfits of the war. He was also headed for a new aircraft, the legendary P-51 Mustang. After 61 combat missions now Captain Goebel was offcially credited with 11 victories in his Mustang. Returning home in September 1944 he was not yet 21 years old.Goebel's memoir is a classic of combat aviation, giving the reader a true sense of what it was like to fly and fight as a World War II fighter pilot.- Covers stories about the often overlooked 12th AF in Italy- Tales of flying the classic P-51D, America's ultimate piston engined fighterAbout the AuthorFollowing the war Robert J. Goebel attended college on the GI Bill, earning a degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin. Returning to the air force he served on active duty for almost thirty years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1966 after working on the Gemini launch vehicle for NASA. He then worked in the aerospace industry including the Skylab project. Now fully retired he lives in Torrance, California.

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America in WWII, October 2006

“Goebel’s eye for telling detail, descriptive power, and story-telling skills are so strong that if you wish to read only one book on the life of a WWII fighter pilot, this is it...Goebel skillfully weaves recollections of his prewar life into his narrative. These eruptions of memory are seldom expected and are always insightful or entertaining. His descriptions of nitty-gritty aspects of the pilot’s life are the best I have ever read...The brillians of Mustang Ace is the world of characters and experiences it preserves for us, in and out of combat. Few other books are so successful in re-creating the WWII fighter pilot’s mindset and pulling you into it. Mustang Ace is well-written, insightful, and dramatic. Anyone with any interest in military aviation or World War II will find this killer memoir rewarding and worth rereading.”

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