Renowned for decades as the world's foremost railroad artist, Howard Fogg's career spanned half a century and some twelve hundred paintings.
However, while his art has been welcomed for decades, few of his
enthusiasts have been aware of his prior career, as a fighter pilot
in the U.S. 8th Air Force during World War II. Fortunately Fogg
left behind a detailed diary of his experiences, which illuminate
this brief but exciting aspect of his life at the controls of P-47
Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs.
Articulate and insightful, his diary offers a frank and fascinating
glimpse into the life of a fighter pilot, both in the sky and in
wartime England. Written during 1943 and 1944 it offers a
confidential perspective of life as a "flyboy," during which Howard
flew 76 combat missions and was awarded the Air Medal with three
clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross with one cluster.
Presented in its entirety, with supplementary material by Richard
and Janet Fogg, and supporting illustrations from Fogg himself,
including satirical cartoons, military and railroad artwork, Fogg
in the Cockpit paints with a broad brush, from the smallest details
of a pilot's day-to-day existence. to air combat, and the strategic
and political decisions that influenced the course of the