THE BIG SHOW by Pierre Closterman


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These are the rough, unedited notes kept through four years and 420 operational by a Free French pilot who was one of the first fliers of his nationality to qualify for combat duty with the RAF. First a scared novice on the then fast Spitfires, the author soon mastered his fear, learned respect for his superb fighting machine in the endless dogfights with the Luftwaffe. During the closing year of the war he was transferred to the supercharged , an unbroken bronco of the skies that was still not fast enough for the first jet planes produced by the fading Reich. His record has escaped the smoothing down of editorial emery board and it catches the feelings of pilots in action, at rest, and returning home to find ""everyone"" had been a member of the Maquis and envied the pilots their ""soft wartime life in London"". Interesting, informative and valuable addition to World War II combat literature.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 1951
Publisher: Random House