The few : the American "Knights of the air" who risked everything to fight in the battle of Britain / Alex Kershaw.
By: Kershaw, Alex.Material type: TextPublisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, ©2006Description: xi, 301 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0306813033; 9780306813030; 9780306815720; 0306815729.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Fighter Command -- History | Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Fighter Command | World War (1939-1945) | Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Fighter Command -- History | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, British | Americans -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Americans | Military operations, Aerial -- British | Great Britain | Luftwaffe | Weltkrieg 1939-1945 | Flugzeugführer | Großbritannien | Amerikaner | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations | Americans -- Great Britain -- History | World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain | Americans -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, British | Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Fighter Command -- History | Geschichte 1940-1941 | 1900-1999Genre/Form: Nonfiction. | History.DDC classification: 940.54/49410922
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-288) and index.
Part one: The fall of France -- Soldiers of fortune -- The ace of spades -- Preludue -- Part two: Duel of eagles -- Per ardua ad astra -- The burning blue -- First blood -- The channel -- Tally-ho! -- That England might live -- Part three: the narrowest margin -- Huns in the sun -- Achtung! Spitfeuer! -- The blitz -- Their finest hour -- Part four: Last flights -- Horrido! -- The eagles -- Dawn patrol -- Epilogue--they shall not grow old -- The "Few" -- Battle of Britain.
The never-before-told story of the American pilots--idealists, adventurers, romantics--who joined the RAF before America entered the war and helped save Britain in its darkest hour. Eight young Americans joined Britain's Royal Air Force, defying their country's neutrality laws and risking their U.S. citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots in the summer of 1940--over a year before America entered the war. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air" and with minimal training but plenty of guts, they dueled the skilled and fearsome pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe. By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Winston Churchill once said of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few."--Publisher description.
Military Book Club Book of the Year, 2006