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When the SS Athenia was torpedoed and sunk during the first hours of World War II, James Goodson survived-and vowed to become an RAF pilot even though he was an American. This is his story, from the first day of the war to the last, of how he became one of history's leading fighter aces.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by New American Library (first published 1983)
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Danny Whatmough
Thoroughly enjoyable,

Goodson had the good fortune of flying some of the best regarded fighter planes of the war (Hurricane, Spitfire, Mustang etc.) as well as witnessing some of the best aces and more unique aircraft (Me.163) that saw service. Then he does a remarkable job of translating all this over to the reader.

Not only this but each chapter looks at a different person, a different story and you get to know so many unique and colourful personalities through the eyes of Goodson, who's experie
D. E.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A JG. World War II British/American Ace Military Aviation Action Adventure (TITC)

JG. has penned a World War II British and American Ace's Military Aviation Action Adventure, which begins with an American fighter pilot on board a British ship that is sunk. The American survives and rises from the ashes to become one of the best fighter pilots Britain has until he joins his own squadron. The story is about his flight activities and the number of plane while flying a British Corsair and then an Ame
Warren Osborne
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Excellent reading. Enjoyed the format and the in depth stories of other individuals he encountered. At times you were feeling as though you were in the action with him. His recounting of being shot down and
Later capture and imprisoned were well delivered.
Jim Coughenour
A couple years ago I read Richard Hillary's remarkable memoir The Last Enemy about his short life as a RAF pilot. James "Goody" Goodson's Tumult in the Clouds is the American version, complete with a happy ending. (The title is courtesy of WB Yeats's famous poem, "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death.") Goodson writes with all the gusto and good humor popular culture associates with the "good war," brimming with American insouciance rather than braced by British stoicism. He also tells a terrific ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a hollywood script in places but in others seems heartfelt.
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Lt. Colonel James Alexander "Goody" Goodson

World War II veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force and US Army Air Force.

Credited with 15 aerial victories and 15 ground victories. He flew Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts, and Mustangs.

Recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters (US) Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple He

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