The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain

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Da Capo Press, 2006 - History - 301 pages
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By the summer of 1940 World War II had been under way for nearly a year. Hitler was triumphant and planning an invasion of England. But the United States was still a neutral country and, as Winston Churchill later observed, "the British people held the fort alone." A few Americans, however, did not remain neutral. They joined Britain's Royal Air Force to fight Hitler's air aces and help save Britain in its darkest hour. The Few is the never-before-told story of these thrill-seeking Americans who defied their country's neutrality laws to fly side-by-side with England's finest pilots. They flew the lethal and elegant Spitfire, and became "knights of the air." With minimal training and plenty of guts they dueled the skilled pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe in the blue skies over England. They shot down several of Germany's fearsome aces, and were feted as national heroes in Britain. By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. At war's end, just one of the "Few" would be alive. The others died flying, wearing the RAF's dark blue uniform-each with a shoulder patch depicting an American eagle. As Winston Churchill said, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

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Review: The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain

User Review  - Mike Lanski - Goodreads

An amazing and sad story of the brave Americans who went to Britain despite their country being neutral at that time and flew with the RAF. Read full review

Review: The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain

User Review  - Jeni Enjaian - Goodreads

This is an amazing book. I did not expect to like it as much as I did. (I like it so much I'm putting it on my amazon wishlist.) Kershaw manages to create a factual narrative that reads almost like ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

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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