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Race of aces : WWII's elite airmen and the epic battle to become the master of the sky

Author: John R Bruning
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The astonishing untold story of the WWII airmen who risked it all in the deadly race to become the greatest American fighter pilot. In 1942, America's deadliest fighter pilot, or "ace of aces" -- the legendary Eddie Rickenbacker -- offered a bottle of bourbon to the first U.S. fighter pilot to break his record of twenty-six enemy planes shot down. Seizing on the challenge to motivate his men, General George Kenney  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John R Bruning
ISBN: 9780316508629 0316508624
OCLC Number: 1101236184
Description: xxii, 522 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Warm-ups. The country mouse --
The Buck Rogers diving death ride --
When trouble is your saving grace --
General summons --
The girl with the red umbrella --
The price of a moonlight moment --
Under an Arctic rainbow --
The hero's road --
The man without a place --
New Guinea. When everyone turned a screw --
Mission over Maggot Beach --
The veterans of Nomonhan --
The man with the broken back --
The hero makers --
Contenders. The last bottle of Yellowstone --
Where everything's trying to kill you --
"Rhumba Cardi" --
Duckbutt's groove --
The innocent killers --
Return of the outcast --
The jug driver --
Rebels in thunderbolts --
The new guy --
The original freelancer --
The warrior's path --
Four days in October --
The battering of the pudgys --
The race over Rabaul --
The relentless rogue --
The ignored one --
Off the rails --
Whitehead's flying circus --
Walking with the beast --
The casualties --
Longer-than-long legs --
The two Macs --
The battlefield tourist --
The killing tourist --
Return to the St. Francis --
Reunion --
"Whatever I am, I belong to you." --
Lost perspective --
Getting three for Mac --
We shall always return to each other --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Race of aces, World War Two's elite airmen and the epic battle to become the master of the sky
Race of aces, World War 2's elite airmen and the epic battle to become the master of the sky
WWII's elite airmen and the epic battle to become the masters of the sky
Responsibility: John R. Bruning.

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TOP GUN meets BAND OF BROTHERS in this stunning untold story of the race among America's elite airmen to become the greatest fighter pilot of WWII.  Read more...

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