USAS 1st Pursuit Group

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The 1st Pursuit Group claimed more enemy kills than any other Group in the United States Air Service in World War I, partly thanks to 'ace of aces', Eddie Rickenbacker, and balloon-busting ace, Frank Luke, both of whom also earned the Medal of Honor. Starting operations in March 1918, the Group initially flew Nieuport 28s, now rejected by the French, and quickly showed its quality. Douglas Campbell was the first American-trained pilot in the USAS to make a kill and soon afterwards became the Service's first ace. ...
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Overview

The 1st Pursuit Group claimed more enemy kills than any other Group in the United States Air Service in World War I, partly thanks to 'ace of aces', Eddie Rickenbacker, and balloon-busting ace, Frank Luke, both of whom also earned the Medal of Honor. Starting operations in March 1918, the Group initially flew Nieuport 28s, now rejected by the French, and quickly showed its quality. Douglas Campbell was the first American-trained pilot in the USAS to make a kill and soon afterwards became the Service's first ace. Expanded by the arrival of additional squadrons, the Group went to war in earnest over Ch�teau Thierry in July, suffering heavy losses against experienced German pilots and better airplanes. Re-equipped with the superior Spad XIII, the now battle-seasoned Group achieved its full potential over St. Mihiel and the Argonne.

This is the story of the Group that produced some of America's first fighter aces and its rapid evolution over a few months as a deadly rival to opposing German units with years of combat experience behind them. Its publication marks the 90th anniversary of 1st Pursuit Group's distinguished contribution to Allied victory.

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"Guttman describes the group's operations from its arrival in Europe to its demobilization in 1919 and includes accounts from more recent reunions. Readers interested in the history of the U.S. Army Air Service will find rich detail about a unit that remains in service with the U.S. Air Force as the 1st Operations Group, still inspired by its old motto, Aut Vincere Aut Mori ("Conquer or Die")." -Thomas Zacharis, Military History (May 2009)

"Author Jon Guttman takes us through the faltering starts and later the more intense battles against some of the best that the German Fliegerkorps had to offer. Chock full of superb period photos of both the men and their machines, this is further enhanced by the quality profiles of artist Harry Demspsey, who specializes in WWI fighter aircraft. This all equates to the best book on the subject that I have read. A riveting account of the early days of US aerial combat and a book that I can most highly recommend to you."- Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (June 2008).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033094
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Series: Aviation Elite Units Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,007,233
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Guttman is chief of research and a contributing writer for Weider History Publications. Specializing in World War 1 aviation, he has written 12 titles in the past, including Spad VII Aces of WW1, Spad XII/XIII Aces of WW1, Balloon Buster Aces of World War 1 and Bristol Fighter Aces of World War 1 in the Osprey Aces series, as well as Spa.124 Lafayette Escadrille and Groupe de Combat 12 'Les Cigognes' in the Osprey Aviation Elite Units series. The author lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

Harry Dempsey is a talented profile artist who specializes in fighter aircraft of World War 1. He has illustrated all of Osprey's World War 1 Aircraft of the Aces titles to date. Harry Dempsey lives in Chalfont St Peter, UK.

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Table of Contents


First in Many Ways     6
First Blood     12
Flying Circus over Chateau Thierry     49
Spads Over St Mihiel     75
All-Out Over the Argonne     88
Appendices     123
Colour Plates Commentary     124
Bibliography     127
Index     128
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