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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: TextTextPublisher: 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
Contents:
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.
Awards: Military Book Club Book of the Year, 2006Summary: 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.
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D773 .O3 2000 The water is never cold : D783 .B58 1975 Silent victory: D785 .H36 2009 Fire and fury : D786 .K47 2006 The few : D790 .A47 V.1 The Army Air Forces in World War II. D790 .A47 V.2 The Army Air Forces in World War II. D790 .A47 V.3 The Army Air Forces in World War II.

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

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Library Journal Review

Of the 2,917 pilots who served in Britain's Royal Air Force, fighting the German airborne assault during the Battle of Britain, seven were Americans who violated the neutrality laws of their own country by volunteering for the RAF. Eventually, over 200 U.S. citizens flew with the RAF's Eagle Squadrons, following the creation of all-American units, but only those who fought during the Battle of Britain were recognized by their grateful hosts as "the Few." Kershaw's (The Bedford Boys) fine study of this titanic aerial struggle and the Americans who participated is certainly not the first (see, e.g., Philip D. Caine's American Pilots in the RAF). But it is an admirable addition to the historiography, following the hair-raising odysseys of these expatriates from hometown America to the besieged RAF squadrons, where they endured ten-to-one odds in the sky and deplorable living conditions on the ground while serving Churchill as a propaganda tool to counter U.S. isolationism. Aviation specialists will find Kershaw a master of such details as the flying characteristics of the British Spitfire and the German Me-109 and the contents of G?ring's obscenely lavish hunting lodge, Carinhall. His history hits the mark in Call respects; his annotated endnotes provide a virtual second volume. Recommended for all libraries, especially those with strong aviation and World War II collections. John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia, Cleveland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys , The Longest Winter , and The Few , and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa . He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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