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The work of the fighter pilots up to D-Day of June , 1944 --their training, experiences, air combat, and the knowledge they acquired as preparation for that day. A behind-the-scenes portrayal of the things that happened every day to the men who fly the Mustang Thunderbolts, Mosquitos, etc. Here are Air Force ""firsts"" in E T O, the high staes for which the boys gambled, the various squadrons and their special work -- photography, night operations, patrols etc., the mechanics of missions and the details of their operations; the cold courage of the boys who flew over the continent and the importance of their raids -- from the 20th of November, 1943, on; the Polish, Greek, Chinese boys flying with our Air Force; the character of the Nazi fliers and the strength of the enemy; the CO's staff, individual pilots and their achievements in accounting for enemy planes...Ace heroes and the mileposts of their aviation careers...This will list names and addresses of all Fighter Pilots of the 8th and 9th Air Forces with five or more enemy planes to their credits, and will be illustrated by photographs and a frontispiece in full color by Major Charles Baskerville, official Air Corps artist....Continuous flow of story -- anecdotal and human interest quality -- stress on fighter pilots and lone combat chief point of distinction -- interest mainly for those to whom any aviation material is fraught with glamor, and fighter material less worked over than bomber.

Pub Date: March 12th, 1945
Publisher: Macrae Smith