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Author Bruning, John R., author.

Title The race of aces : WWII's elite airmen and the epic battle to become the masters of the sky / John R. Bruning.

Publication Info. New York : Hachette Books, 2020.


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 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  940.5449 BRUNING    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  920 BRUNING    DUE 12-10-21
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - Adult Department  940.5944 BRU    Check Shelf
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 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  940.5449 BRUNING    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  940.5449 BRU    Check Shelf
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Edition First edition.
Description xxii, 522 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 487-506) and index.
Contents 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 jugs -- 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.
Summary 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 promoted what they would come to call the "race of aces" as a way of boosting the spirits of his war-weary command. What developed was a wild three-year sprint for fame and glory, and the chance to be called America's greatest fighter pilot. The story has never been told until now. Based on new research and full of revelations, John Bruning's brilliant, original book tells the story of how five American pilots contended for personal glory in the Pacific while leading Kenney's resurgent air force against the most formidable enemy America ever faced. The pilots -- Richard Bong, Tommy McGuire, Neel Kearby, Charles MacDonald and Gerald Johnson -- riveted the nation as they contended for Rickenbacker's crown. As their scores mounted, they transformed themselves from farm boys and aspiring dentists into artists of the modern dogfight. But as the race reached its climax, some of the pilots began to see how the spotlight warped their sense of duty. They emerged as leaders, beloved by their men as they chose selfless devotion over national accolades. Teeming with action all across the vast Pacific theater, Race of Aces is a fascinating exploration of the boundary between honorable duty, personal glory, and the complex landscape of the human heart.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American.
Fighter pilots -- United States -- Biography.
United States. Army Air Forces -- Biography.
HISTORY / Military / World War II.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Aviation & Nautical.
HISTORY / Military / United States.
United States. Army Air Forces. (OCoLC)fst00549671
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
Fighter pilots. (OCoLC)fst00923988
Military operations, Aerial -- American. (OCoLC)fst01710199
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1939-1945
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Added Title Race of aces, World War Two's elite airmen and the epic battle to become the masters of the sky
WWII's elite airmen and the epic battle to become the masters of the sky
ISBN 9780316508629 (hardcover)
0316508624 (hardcover)
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