To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace

To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace

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To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace by Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson

Bud Anderson is a flyer’s flyer. The Californian’s enduring love of flying began in the 1920s with the planes that flew over his father’s farm. In January 1942, he entered the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program. Later after he received his wings and flew P-39s, he was chosen as one of the original flight leaders of the new 357th Fighter Group. Equipped with the new and deadly P-51 Mustang, the group shot down five enemy aircraft for each one it lost while escorting bombers to targets deep inside Germany. But the price was high. Half of its pilots were killed or imprisoned, including some of Bud’s closest friends. In February 1944, Bud Anderson, entered the uncertain, exhilarating, and deadly world of aerial combat. He flew two tours of combat against the Luftwaffe in less than a year. In battles sometimes involving hundreds of airplanes, he ranked among the group’s leading aces with 16 ¼ aerial victories. He flew 116 missions in his old crow without ever being hit by enemy aircraft or turning back for any reason, despite one life or death confrontation after another. His friend Chuck Yeager, who flew with Anderson in the 357th, says, “In an airplane, the guy was a mongoose—the best fighter pilot I ever saw.” Bud’s years as a test pilot were at least as risky. In one bizarre experiment, he repeatedly linked up in midair with a B-29 bomber, wingtip to wingtip. In other tests, he flew a jet fighter that was launched and retrieved from a giant B-36 bomber. As in combat, he lost many friends flying tests such as these. Bud commanded a squadron of F-86 jet fighters in postwar Korea, and a wing of F-105s on Okinawa during the mid-1960s. In 1970 at age 48, he flew combat strikes as a wing commander against communist supply lines. To Fly and Fight is about flying, plain and simple: the joys and dangers and the very special skills it demands. Touching, thoughtful, and dead honest, it is the story of a boy who grew up living his dream.

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ISBN-13: 9781524563424
Publisher: Xlibris US
Publication date: 05/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 176,226
File size: 53 MB
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To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of A Triple Ace 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Accuratehistoryguy More than 1 year ago
Knowing Bud personally for years makes this book as special for me (having known Paul Tibbets for years, and others as well) as Paul's book ENOLA GAY was. I have to admit a bit of prejudice here, as both of these men (Paul Tibbets passed in 2007) have been a great influence on me. That aside, Bud telling of his air combat experiences over Europe in WW2 (in the "first person") makes this book one of the best "fighter pilot" books of WW2 (or any war, for that matter) ever published. If you can possibly plan to meet Bud at one of the many air shows and aviation venues he attends each year, he'll most likely have copies of his/this book for sale. Have him sign it for you and shake the hand of an 8th Air Force, 357th FG veteran, an all around great guy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book completely had my interest all the way through. This book was told by a great pilot, with a very colorful carreer in the Air Force. This book tells af his life and his life-long goal to fly. It is a great book and should be read by everyone who enjoys flying. It tells of his flying experiences in WWII, as a test pilot, and then during Vietnam. Great Book. Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thanks to 'Bud' Anderson and his publisher for updating a book that every aviation enthusiast should have on his (or her) shelf. If you are at Oshkosh in 2000 or in Auburn, California (check out Izzy's Burger Spa) next week, take the time to meet and shake hands with one of our nation's 'Greatest Generation.' You'll meet an authentic hero with twinkling bright blue eyes and the weathered face of a mountain hiker. You'll be amazed that this man was once a highly skilled hunter in the skys over Germany. If you can't get to Oshkosh or Auburn, buy this book and follow Anderson from his boyhood in the California foothills, to the dangers of test flying, and now to the quiet thrill of inspiring the next generation of 'Young Eagles' as he gives teenagers rides in T-34s, T-6s and even P-51s. This book is great for anyone who 'aims high' and wants to take off into the 'wild blue yonder.' Like the man, the book is 'sierra hotel' (the name of his lake house) and totally honest!