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In thirty-five chapters, The Greatest Air Aces Stories Ever Told covers many of the leading American and British Commonwealth fighter aces of WW I and II, together with a few bomber crews whose gallantry made a substantial contribution to the end of WW II. Other nations had their aces, but this book concentrates on American and Commonwealth pilots. These aviators were chos ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 3rd 2017 by Lyons Press
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Andrew Horton
As a career pilot and aviation historian, this book is lacking at best. The authors unfortunately were not up to date on recent scholarly information concerning certain topics. For instance, they credited the death of Manfred von Richthofen, The Red Baron, to Captain Roy Brown. While not totally impossible, such a claim is improbable. For the authors to regurgitate debunked information in a new book is unfortunate, at best.

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Paul Belanger
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book mostly split between WWI and WWII. My biggest complaints about it concern editing. I found two places where the editor was out to lunch. One of the sentences read, "Everyone on the flight knew that enemy fighters would do everything possible to bring as many of them down as possible." The other sentence contained the use of the word "indeed" twice. The sentences are also polluted with commas; which made sorting through a 6-line sentence rather overbearing.

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Robert Barr Smith, Colonel, USA (ret). senior parachutist; holds Bronze Star, Legion of Merit (x2), other decorations. Service in Vietnam and many years in Germany, where his fiction is laid. German speaker. Otherwise specializes in military and western history, plus several books on trial practice (under his attorney hat). Graduate of Stanford and Stanford Law; member, California Bar. Professor E ...more

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