Terror of the Autumn Skies: The True Story of Frank Luke, America's Rogue Ace of World War I

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Frank Luke, Jr. was an unlikely pilot. In the Great War, when fliers were still "knights of the air," Luke was an ungallant loner—a kid from Arizona who collected tarantulas, shot buzzards, and boxed miners. But during two torrid weeks in September 1918, he was the deadliest man on the Western Front. In only ten missions, he destroyed fourteen heavily–defended German balloons and four airplanes, the second highest American tally in the entire war. Author Blaine Pardoe retraces and refreshes Frank Luke’s story through recently discovered correspondence. Frantic, short, and splendid, the life of Frank Luke, Jr. dramatizes the tragic intervention of an American spirit in the war that devastated Europe.

 

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The first aviators in combat have always fascinated me. Something about the daring and in many cases chivalry of this opening chapter captures the imagine. I see a parallel to the knights of legend ... Read full review

TERROR OF THE AUTUMN SKIES: The Story of Frank Luke, America's Rogue Ace of World War I

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Breezy, journalistic biography of America's greatest World War I fighter ace—until a German ace shot him down six weeks before the armistice.Frank Luke Jr. (1897-1918) grew up in turn-of-the-century ... Read full review

Contents

The Wild Boy
13
fly with the eagles
29
into the Air
43
The front
71
Busting Balloons
87
The dynamic duo
107
recognition
127
in the limelight
141
Crescendo
161
When Time Stood Still
181
one man many lives
195
Afterword
225
Bibliography
247
notes to Chapters
267
About the Author
301
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About the author (2011)

Blaine Pardoe is a novelist and military historian. His books on the Great War include The Cruise of the Sea Eagle and Terror of the Autumn Skies.

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