WWII history of the:

86th Fighter Group
May '44 - Mar '46

*When the Association was formed in 1980, the membership opted for the name 86th Fighter-Bomber Group Association as more descriptive of its role in the Mediterranean and European theaters of operation.
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   Most of you are familiar with A-36 and P-47 prints commissioned by Dr. John Thompson and John Dolny and sold as a money-raiser in the early days of the Association. The P-47 prints were obtained from an original painting provided by Crew Chief H. E. “Brad” Bradford.  The print reflects the P-47 as flown by John Dolny (now Major General), marked with the name Sandra Lee for his niece, with his aircraft number 70, and with a candystriped tail.  A numbered limited edition of this print, personally autographed by John, Brad, and Sandra Lee, will soon be available. 

   The picture comes with (1) a certificate confirming that it is a limited edition, (2) background information on the three signers, plus (3) photographs of the three individuals taken during WWII. This is a fund raising endeavor – the cost of the package is $30.00 plus shipping expenses of approximately $5.00. All proceeds will be credited to the 86th FBG Association.  

To obtain one of these fine prints, contact:

 John Dolny: genjongis1@cox.net

Brad Bradford: jhbrad@airmail.net

The 86th Fighter Group in WWII
Shipping end of December!
    The men as well as the machines they flew are carefully presented in a comprehensive, fully photographically documented format. Included are numerous, never-before-told personal accounts of combat and life in the 86th, woven in with the historical text researched and written by Steve Luce, a son of one of the group's pilots Lt. Warren Luce. Profiles of select colorful aircraft, their A-36s and P-47 Thunderbolts, are vividly illustrated by Terry Higgins.

   Training was in Meridian, Mississippi in 1942 with A- 36s. They were first deployed in 1943 to North Africa and later to Italy and Corsica flying the P-47 in the MTO. Early 1945 found the active and effective 86th in France and Germany until war's end. The unit's complete known victory list is published herein. Explore their entire story through this photo-rich historical presentation of one of WWII's successful Fighter Bomber Groups.
8.5" X 11", 144 pages, laminated hard cover, 200 photos, Color aircraft profiles of A-36s and P-47s, plus scrap views of their spectacular nose art.  ISBN 0-9721060-8-1 $34.95

To get a copy, contact:

email:  eagle@eagle-editions.com

web:  http://www.eagle-editions.com

phone:  (800)255-1830