Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

American Volunteer Fighter Pilots in the RAF, 1937-43

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

American Volunteer Fighter Pilots in the RAF, 1937-43

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American Volunteer Fighter Pilots in the RAF, 1937-43, Classic Colours American Eagles, sec. 1, by Tony Holmes. Classic Publications (http:// www.classic-books.co.uk), Friars Gate Farm, Mardens Hill, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1XH, England, 2001, 128 pages, 16.95 (softcover).

The Classic Colours American Eagles series of four "sections," written by Tony Holmes and Roger Freeman (sections two through four), is a noteworthy undertaking designed to appeal to the World War II buff who wants a concise history of the topic and lots of photographs and color profiles of aircraft. In section one, Holmes certainly lives up to this idea. His topic is the countless Americans who served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1937 to 1943. Although Holmes does not account for more than a fraction of them, he uses their experience as a unifying theme to recount the story of the development of the RAF during those critical years. His descriptions are brief, and he tends to focus too much on a few specific Americans, but the reader does come away from this colorful volume with a better idea of the scope of American involvement with the British air arm. …

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