If you have any interest in WW2, WW2 fighter pilots, or are just an aviation buff, this book is a must read. Written based on diary entries, letters home, and interviews of LeRoy Gover, the result is a hard to put down account of one man as he goes into the RAF and eventually into the Army Air Corps. While Gover wan't one of the high scorers of the war, he exemplifies the guys who quietly got the job done. A great book about a real hero.
The casualty figures for the years 1939-1942-3 were particularly horrendous the men who flew the airplanes in the RAF had death as their constant companion every time they took to the skies. This man lost almost all his original flying companions they came and are gone one after another. I wonder should I enjoy this grim odyssey these guy signed up for an adventure knowing full well what the price could be.
An excellent book describing LeRoy Gover's experiences during World War 2. Starting out from his first flights before the war at small airfields in the USA, through flying Spitfires, then P47 Thunderbolts, and finally instructing back home after being stood down from combat. I'd heard of the Eagle Squadrons but I didn't know that Americans were allowed to be members of the RAF itself. A great book that I can recommend.
Although the narrative is good there is a lack of detail concerning the air combats and a lot of detail concerning leave and womanising in London it is only when the 8th AAF arrive and start flying missions that the story comes to life