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The Flying Greek von Col. Steve N. Pisanos USAF (Ret.)

The Flying Greek Col. Steve N. Pisanos USAF (Ret.)

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Zusammenfassung

Steve N. Pisanos's The Flying Greek is both the classic tale of an immigrant's bond with America and an aerial adventure. When young Pisanos arrived in the U.S. in 1938, he worked, studied English, and learned to fly.

The Flying Greek Zusammenfassung

The Flying Greek: An Immigrant Fighter Ace's WWII Odyssey with the RAF, Usaaf, and French Resistance Col. Steve N. Pisanos USAF (Ret.)

Steve N. Pisanos's The Flying Greek is both the classic tale of an immigrant's bond with America and an aerial adventure. When young Pisanos arrived in the U.S. in 1938, he worked, studied English, and learned to fly. He earned a private pilot's license in 1941, and soon after Germany invaded Greece, he volunteered for the embattled British Royal Air Force. He served with the 268 and 71 Eagle Squadrons. The 71 Eagle Squadron was one of three Eagle squadrons comprised of U.S. volunteers. In 1942, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen while in London, England. He was the first individual in American history to become a citizen while outside the U.S. border, and his becoming a citizen allowed him to be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces. In riveting detail, Pisanos recounts his combat record, from fighter sweeps and bomber escort missions to dogfighting, flying the Spitfire, the P-47, and the P-51. While flying a P-47 named Miss Plainfield, he scored his first aerial victory on May 21, 1943. By January 1, 1944, he had become an ace. After his tenth confirmed kill, he crash-landed his P-51 in France and spent six months with the French Resistance, successfully evading capture. Because of his exposure to the French operations, the Air Force could not risk his capture again, so he returned to the U.S. and became a test pilot at Wright Field where he also attended the Air Force's test pilot school. Despite grave danger, Pisanos set aside his pride, fears, and misgivings to help achieve a greater good. The Flying Greek is an entertaining and remarkable journey that will interest historians and aviation enthusiasts.

Über Col. Steve N. Pisanos USAF (Ret.)

Col. Steve N. Pisanos, USAF (Ret.), retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1973, after thirty years and service in three wars. He is the recipient of numerous U.S., British, French, and Republic of Vietnam awards and decorations, including three Legions of Merit and five U.S. Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Purple Heart. He lives in San Diego, California.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Acknowledgments; Foreword; Introduction; Chapter 1: Early Days; Chapter 2: A Love Affair with Airplanes; Chapter 3: Voyage of Discovery; Chapter 4: Arrival and Departure; Chapter 5: A New Life; Chapter 6: Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud; Chapter 7: Home Town Boy; Chapter 8: Fight Plan for War; Chapter 9: Off to War; Chapter 10: Gathering of Eagles; Chapter 11: Into the Wild Blue Yonder; Chapter 12: Training in Jugs; Chapter 13: Into the Heart of Germany; Chapter 14: In Pursuit of the Luftwaffe; Chapter 15: Destroy the Luftwaffe!; Chapter 16: A Different Kind of War; Chapter 17: Contact with the Maquis; Chapter 18: Resistance and Liberation; Chapter 19: The Liberation of Paris; Chapter 20: Homecoming; Chapter 21: Pancho's Place; Chapter 22: On a New Heading; Chapter 23: Two Worlds; Chapter 24: On to Vietnam; Chapter 25: A Mission to Athens; Appendix: Letters of Commendation; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; About the Author.

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GOR006883864
9781597970785
1597970786
The Flying Greek: An Immigrant Fighter Ace's WWII Odyssey with the RAF, Usaaf, and French Resistance Col. Steve N. Pisanos USAF (Ret.)
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