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Bully Able Leader Lt. Gen. George G. Loving, USAF, flew 151 combat missions in World War II, becoming a P-51 ace. He later served as commander of the Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force and the U.S. Fifth Air Force. Here, he tells us exactly what it was like to fly the F-80 Shooting Star against MiGs and ground targets in exciting detail. Full description


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16 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This is an outstanding book 25 septembre 2011
Par mmcalc - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I was finally able get some time to sit down and read "Bully Able Leader",(Bully Able Leader: The Story of a Fighter-Bomber Pilot in the Korean War(ebook)Bully Able Leader: The Story of a Fighter-Bomber Pilot in the Korean War (hardcover a memoir by Lt. General George Loving. I could not put it down.

This is an outstanding book. It covers a vital, but virtually unknown, portion of the air war in Korea: the day to day close air support flown by thousands of US and UN pilots. These dangerous missions were flown in aircraft such as F-51's, F-80's, and F-84's which were less glamorous than the fast, high flying F-86's.

The author was no stranger to close air support or air to air combat, initially flying Spitfire's and later becoming an ace flying the P-51 Mustang in the ETO during WWII. He volunteered to go to Korea in answer to a call for Mustang pilots. Arriving during the hectic and bleak period soon after the North Korean invasion, his Fighter-bomber group was a significant factor in turning the tide. He stayed on throughout most of the conflict, flying 122 combat missions and eventually rising to command a squadron of F-80's.

The book is an excellent read, and manages to pack in detailed information about how the close air support missions were planned, coordinated, and executed, as well as recounting personal anecdotes, such as how he dealt with attacking MIG-15's, that add to the story. I highly recommend this to scholars of the Korean conflict, aviation fans, and anyone looking for a good book to read!
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Outstanding read--if you're interested in the Korean War or military aviation--this is a "must have" 10 octobre 2011
Par Brian Hanley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The bookshelves of retailers these days can seem overcrowded with first-person recollections of combat. Most are worth dipping into, some are rather dry, a bit tedious--you have to work hard to get something out of them--while a few are engrossing from the first word to the last. Bully Able Leader falls squarely into the latter category if you are interested in military aviation, the air war over Korea, or if you just want to pass the time with a thriller that is actually tied to real life. General Loving knows how to tell a story--there's plenty of action here, and the key to this book's value is the matter-of-fact casting of the narrative. Gen. Loving doesn't need to embellish anything--his experiences speak for themselves. In other words, the book captures and keeps your attention because you know you can trust the narrator: he has something worthwhile to say and he does so reliably and concisely. Indeed, so well written is this book that I couldn't put it down, I finished the volume in two sittings. Depending on your particular interest--life at a deployed location, the technical aspects of flying fighters, Korean War history--the book is well worth your time. As a retired USAF Lt Col, I found two aspects of the book to be particularly memorable. The first was the leadership challenges that General Loving faced; I'll leave this to readers to discover for themselves, but suffice it to say that General Loving's narrative puts the lie to the idea that USAF officers are essentially technicians. General Loving routinely faced circumstances in which success or failure pivoted on his judgment of fellow pilots. Indeed, Bully Able Leader is aptly titled: General Loving's challenges were more often those of leadership--moral stoutness, clarity of vision, and the ability to humanely but firmly communicate tough decisions to subordinates who faced death every day. There's also plenty of engrossing stories of pure piloting: chapter 11 captures neatly the life-or-death business of military aviation ("never trust anyone else's navigation"). In sum, this book makes worthy claims on the time of anyone interested in leadership, command, military history, and military aviation. Warmly Recommended.

Brian Hanley
Lt Col, USAF (retired)
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USAF Fighter-Bombers over Korea! 22 octobre 2011
Par Michael OConnor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Though the F-86/MiG-15 duels over MiG Alley got the headlines, it was the work of Allied fighter-bombers that played the more decisive role in the Korean War. Day after day, brave pilots flying F-80s, F-84s, F-51s, F4Us, F9Fs, Sea Furies and other aircraft hammered the North Korean and Red Chinese invaders. George Loving's BULLY ABLE LEADER is a rare, from-the-cockpit view of the Korean War as seen by one Air Force fighter bomber pilot.

Loving, a World War II with the 31st FG, logged 112 sorties in 1950/51. Initially starting out in F-51s with the 18th FBG, Loving flew the bulk of his missions in F-80s with the 49th FBG. Loving eventually commanded the 9th FBS before rotating stateside.

As befitting a professional Air Force officer, BULLY ABLE LEADER recounts Loving's experiences in a straighforward, dispassionate fashion. Loving had an atypical, extended tour of duty, flying six missions in F-51s in August/September 1950 before being assigned command of an advanced airfield. Three months later, in January 1952, he got back in the flying game with the Forty-Niners. Consequently Loving was a witness to much of the seesaw battles that raged during the first two years of the Korean War, events he presents clearly and concisely.

The book is illustrated with many helpful maps and an eight-page photo insert.

What BULLY ABLE LEADER is missing is an index. Normally, I drop serious military books one star if they don't include an index. In the case of BULLY ABLE LEADER, I made an exception to that rule. Loving's book is so well written and illuminates a largely-unsung element of the Korean air war that I gave his book five stars. So, sue me. Highly recommended.
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His first book is much, much better. 21 janvier 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This one uses mission reports too much, and is not near as interesting to see how events unfolded. Read his first book...
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This is not really the story of a fighter-bomber pilot but rather a list of missions flown by the 9th FBS/49th FBW. 14 mai 2012
Par Flying Photographer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The title of this book is rather misleading, but it most probably reflects the author's original intention. While he wanted to write his own story, mostly due to lack of a detailed diary and due to the over 40 years that elapsed between the 1950/1951 events he's describing in Korea and the actual writing of this book, he ended up using the 9th FBS/49th FBW diary as his main source. Accordingly, this book is rather general in his descriptions, sticking to a pattern "Flight of 4 F-80, flew armed reconnaissance along road 11, after dropping bombs strafed with machineguns, FAC reported good results".

At least from the title I was expecting a lot more personal data and much more details of this largely uncovered time period. Granted that being a fighter-bomber pilot will not allow you to write gripping air-to-air encounter reports, but nevertheless having been part of such a big war effort and during the most intense period of the Korean War (when the US/UN troops were almost expelled from the peninsula) should have provided with an interesting source material. From the book you get the impression that General Loving was too busy fighting a war and thus had no time to keep a diary, which is fair enough and cannot be condemned. However, if you want to write a book titled "The Story of a Fighter-Bomber Pilot in the Korean War", then you will need a lot of own material.

I think it would have been a wise decision if General Loving would have instead written a book about the 9th FBS/49th FBW participation in the Korean War, in which he could have included his own and other pilot's stories. But since he did not, I have to rate what he is presenting with 2.5*, mainly for his commendable effort and for the short but intense POW description added as an afterword.

Overall, as a personal memoir not recommended; if you need to know some detail about the 9th FBS/49th FBW in Korea, then you will find it here.
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