The RAF Eagle Squadrons: American Pilots who Flew for the Royal Air Force

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Fulcrum Pub., 2009 - History - 485 pages
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This amazing book brings to life the 245 brave Americans who became the legendary Eagle Squadrons of the Royal Air Force. Itching to get into the action before the United States was brought into the war in 1941, these pilots, each of whom has his biography recorded here, wanted to contribute to the war effort, stop the Nazi invasion of the free world, and fly the best fighters of the day.

Through his remarkable research, Brigadier General Phil Caine makes these young men real people. We see their youthful faces, watch them grow up and learn to fly in the United States, make the momentous decision to join the RAF or RCAF, even though their country was not yet at war, endure the dangerous voyage to England, and, for over 40 percent of them, become a prisoner or die. They fall in love with English girls and agonize over the death of a comrade. And those who survived became the nucleus of the famed Fourth Fighter Group.

The RAF Eagle Squadrons: American Pilots Who Flew for the Royal Air Force is a “must read” for the student of World War II and the history of air power, or the general reader who just wants a “captivating read.” Caine is the author of three other books on Eagles: American Pilots in the RAF, Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Warm Beer, and Aircraft Down!

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About the author (2009)

Brig. Gen. Philip D. Caine, USAF (Ret.), has more than 4,500 hours of flight time, taught military history at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and is the author of "American Pilots in the RAF" (Brassey's, Inc., 1993) and "Aircraft Down! Evading Capture in WWII Europe" (Brassey's, Inc., 1997). He lives in Monument, Colorado.

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