A very compelling, entertaining, and at times visceral account of the author's experiences of flying the P-47 Thunderbolt in the fighter-bomber role with the 9th Air Force of the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF). The 9th Air Force was tasked with providing direct, tactical support for U.S. Army ground forces from the Battle of Normandy to V-E Day. The P-47 acquired a reputation as a fast, robust plane that could absorb a lot of damage from flak and gunfire and keep flying. Notwithstanding that, as Glenn makes clear, the lot of a fighter-bomber pilot was a precarious one. They sustained some of the heaviest casualties of any unit in the USAAF.