The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britainby Alex Kershaw
It was the Summer of 1940-over a year before America would enter the war-and Britain stood alone in its darkest hour against Hitler and the Nazi advance. Eight young Americans defied their country's neutrality laws and crossed the Atlantic to join Britain's Royal Air Force, hoping that they might somehow help turn the German tide. They risked their U.S. citizenship fighting side-by-side with England's finest pilots. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air," and with minimal training, facing incredible odds, they dueled the most skilled and fearsome pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe.
By the end of October, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Winston Churchill once said of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of combat was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few." Now, with the narrative drive and human drama that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw tells their story for the first time.
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Meet the Author
Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter and two biographies: Jack London and, more recently, Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He has been a journalist and a screenwriter in Britain and now lives in Bennington, Vermont.
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