—Dick Couch, author of The Sheriff of Ramadi and Chosen Soldier
"George Galdorisi and Thomas Phillips provide an account of combat search and rescue (CSAR) from World War I to the conflict in Iraq. This is the story of the unheralded men and women who fly the dangerous missions to retrieve downed airmen and soldiers stranded behind enemy lines. Chronicling nearly 100 years of CSAR history, the authors include stories of previously classified missions and several Medal-of-Honor winning operations in an extensive look at this little known facet of military operations. The books also addresses the ongoing debate of whether the tendency to cut CSAR at the end of a conflict is wise. Without an existing infrastructure, it takes far too long to get these units operational again when the need arises."
“Combat search and rescue the ability to save downed pilots becomes more important each time the United States uses aircraft in combat. As enemy defenses improve, it also becomes more difficult, and the technology involved becomes more complex. Yet this story has never really been told before. Leave No Man Behind shows how attempts to rescue pilots began as early as World War I, and how modern systems have worked, both in theory and in difficult practice. It offers a unique combination of operational experience and technical description.”
—Dr. Norman Friedman, author of The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons
“For most of the hundred-plus years of manned flight, aircraft have been used in combat and tens of thousands have been lost. When a military aircraft goes down there has always been the desire, but not always the means, to rescue the survivors. George Galdorisi and Tom Phillips have provided a comprehensive, and well-written history of the development of combat rescue up to the present, including dramatic accounts of rescues, among them many never before revealed. Leave No Man Behind is a story of heroism which should appeal to a broad spectrum of readers; historians, serving military, and those who love a good aviation story.”
—Norman Polmar, author of Aircraft Carriers: A History of Carrier Aviation and Its Impact on World Events
“Leave No Man Behind is a solid piece of history. Starting with the birth of military aviation itself, it tells the story, almost 100 years in length, of the efforts that have been put forth to develop and use rescue forces to recover downed aviators. Focusing primarily on well-documented vignettes from conflicts as recent as Iraqi Freedom, it is the story of sacrifice, valor, and heroic airmen who go forth so that, ‘others may live.’ Well written, well told, well done!”
—Darrel Whitcomb, author of The Rescue of Bat 21, Combat Search and Rescue in Desert Storm, and Call Sign - DUSTOFF