Advance praise for “Thunderbolts Triumphant” (blush!)

Sharing your manuscript around before publication is a good thing to do – other writers can help you improve the writing, or tip you to alternative sources you might not have run across. Later, you get to ask writers for their assessment for possible use in promoting the book. This is an exercise I recommend to any writer who’s feeling down about themselves – writers are good with words, naturally, and they’re generous in giving articulate praise.

I’m lucky – the two Toms are scale modelers I’ve known for a long time, and Leo Barron used my manuscript several years ago to add the aerial component to his latest work on the Battle of the Bulge!

Here’s what they had to say about the forthcoming book:

“Thunderbolts Triumphant presents the reader with a pilot’s-eye view of the dangerous, demanding and crucial ground support missions flown by the 362nd Fighter Group during World War II. Chris Bucholtz’s exacting research and writing skill add a new insight to this often forgotten part of the air war against Germany. I highly recommend this book to all World War II aviation buffs.”

Tom Ivie, author of Patton’s Eyes in the Sky: USAAF Tactical Reconnaissance Missions, North West Europe, 1944-45


Thunderbolts Triumphant is one of the best group histories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. A great story about a great group of guys whose story should have been told long ago, told from the ground up. Chris Bucholtz brings to this work a deep personal passion to get the story right and it shows. If you want to know the story of the guys who really won the air war in Europe, look no further.”

— Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, author, Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15

“Thunderbolts Triumphant is an exhilarating day-by-day account of the brave pilots and airman of the 362nd Fighter Group. Chris Bucholtz puts you in the cockpit so that you experience the dogfights firsthand. If you want to learn more about the air combat over Europe in World War II, then this is the book for you.”

–Leo Barron, author, Patton at the Battle of the Bulge: How the General’s Tanks Turned the Tide at Bastogne

By the way, all three of these books are excellent reads – authoritative, exciting, and the beneficiaries of exacting research! I’m proud to have a copy of each on my library’s shelves. (See? I can write these little testimonies, too!) All are available via Amazon, so pick up a copy!

The cover of “Thunderbolts Triumphant”

A few weeks ago I promised you a peek at the cover art for my new book on the 362nd Fighter Group. Well, here it is:



It’s already available for pre-order on Amazon, or you can or see it on Casemate’s web page, too. It’s going to be a big book – but believe it or not, I cut down the manuscript by about 20 percent for publication. That means the “excerpts” you read here will have additional details over and beyond the book. What’s more, I plan to continue to update the manuscript as time progresses – my biggest frustration is that a book comes out, followed by a barrage of great information from people who saw the book was available. That information often goes for naught, but I want to use the blog to continue to share with you the information that efforts round the group surface.

The book will be out in late November, just in time stuff your oversized stockings!