Aces High: The Heroic Saga of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II

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Capturing the hearts of a beleaguered nation, the fighter pilots of World War II became the stuff of legend. They cut through the sky in their P-38s to go one-on-one against the enemy-and those who survived the deadly showdowns with enough courage and skill earned the right to be called aces…

But two men in Particular rose to become something more. They became icons of aerial combat, in a heroic rivalry that inspired a weary nation to fight on....

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Aces High: The Heroic Saga of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II

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Overview

Capturing the hearts of a beleaguered nation, the fighter pilots of World War II became the stuff of legend. They cut through the sky in their P-38s to go one-on-one against the enemy-and those who survived the deadly showdowns with enough courage and skill earned the right to be called aces…

But two men in Particular rose to become something more. They became icons of aerial combat, in a heroic rivalry that inspired a weary nation to fight on.

Richard"Dick" Bong was the bashful, pink-faced farm boy from the Midwest. Thomas "Tommy" McGuire was the wisecracking, fast-talking kid from New Jersey. What they shared was an unparalleled gallantry under fire, which earned them both the Medal for Honor-and remains the subject of reverent conversation wherever aerial warface is admired.

What they had between them was a closely watched rivalry to see who would emerge as the tops-scoring American ace of the war. What they left behind is a legacy of pride and a record of aerial victories that has yet to be surpassed anywhere in the world.

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Aces Dick Bong and Tommie McGuire flew fighters in the Pacific war, racking up a combined total of 78 confirmed victories, a still unsurpassed record. These two very different young men were both awarded the Medal of Honor. McGuire was killed in action in January 1945; Bong died in August 1945 while testing jet aircraft for Lockheed. Enthusiastic World War II readers will be drawn to this.
—Edwin Burgess

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425232309
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 676,593
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Yenne is a book packager and author who has published dozens of military fiction, nonfiction, and coffee table art books.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Squadron Nomenclature and Organization xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Prologue: Knights of the Air 1

Part 1 Boys 9

1 The Roaring Twenties and the Lone Eagle 11

2 Changes and Challenges 20

3 A World Goes to War 27

4 Americans Prepare 33

5 Young Men and War 44

6 The Daring Young Lieutenants and Their Flying Machines 52

7 Their Warhorse, Their Fork-Tailed Devil 60

8 Ups and Downs 67

Part 2 Warriors

9 Into the Band of Brothers 79

Notes on Allied Organization in the Pacific Theater 84

10 Into the Cauldron 88

11 January 1943: The End of the Beginning 95

12 February 1943: The Calm Before the Storm 102

13 March 1943: A Rising Star 105

14 April 1943: Deaths in the Families 111

15 May 1943: Passing in the Night 117

16 June 1943: Into the Interior 121

17 July 1943: Four in One Day 124

18 August 1943: Black Days 129

19 September 1943: Air Supremacy 138

20 October 1943: Down in Flames 144

21 November 1943: The Pied Piper of Poplar 152

22 December 1943: Vals for Christmas 163

23 January 1944: The Next Great Ace? 163

24 February 1944: The Flying Circus 170

25 March 1944: And Then There Were Two 176

26 April 1944: Cases for the Ace of Aces 183

27 May 1944: Modesty Equal to Merit 193

28 June 1944: "And the Angels Sing" 199

29 June 1944: A Stranger Comes to Hollandia 202

30 July 1944: The Lone Eagle on His Wing 207

31 August 1944: Just Doing His Job 214

32 September 1944: Very Little and Very Safe 220

33 October 1944: Shooting Gallery Skies 224

34 November 1944: The Race for Glory 238

35 December 1944: Medals ofHonor 249

36 January 1945: Never to Be Forgotten 269

37 February 1945: The Roses Were Victory Red 277

38 Spring 1945: The Lure of Jet Planes 281

39 Summer 1945: Home Sweet Home 287

40 August 1945: By His Example to Inspire 292

Part 3 Remembrance 301

41 Aces High 303

42 Those Who Remember Them 310

Epilogue: Heroes 319

Bibliography 323

Widely Used Acronyms 325

Appendix 1 Cumulative Scores 327

Appendix 2 Official Texts of Medal of Honor Citations 329

Index 331

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    A MASTER IN RESEARCH

    This book is riveting. Bill takes you through the training of 2 of Americas greatest aces. Each chapter starts with a box score of how many kills these aces had. The names of these leading aces are: Dick Bong & Tommy McGuire. These two pilots on the ground were as different as they could be. In the air they were both superstars. Bill Yenne is a master of all researchers. He has conversations between the 2 aces and Charles Lindberg, who also flew combat missions. These two flyers, Dick and Tommy both died in their fighters, but not by enemy action. You will be guided through the lives of the aces of both wars , and how they became masters of the sky. I have read other books about these 2 airmen, but none compare with this one. I am a retired USAF fighter pilot, and have written 5 books on aviation. Bill Yenne was never a pilot so I can beat him there. But on the ground behind a desk Bill makes my writing look second rate. A really great book. I urge you to purchase this book.

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    Posted October 18, 2013

    Alright

    I had hoped for better. This is more like an account than a good read. Luckily i checked it out at the library first. It is very good and a full factual account, i just didn't care for the authors writing style.

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