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Aces High : The Heroic Saga of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II



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They were two of the greatest heroes of World War II. But only one could be top gun... Capturing the hearts of a beleaguered nation, the fighter pilots of World War II engaged in a kind of battle that became the stuff of legend-and those who survived showdowns earned the right to be called aces. But two men in particular rose to become something more. They became icons of aerial combat, in a heroic rivalry that inspired a weary nation to fight on. Richard "Dick" Bong was the bashful, pink-faced farm boy from the Midwest. Thomas "Tommy" McGuire was the wise-cracking, fast-talking kid from New Jersey. What they shared was an unparalleled gallantry under fire which earned them each the Medal of Honor. What separated them was a closely watched rivalry to see who would emerge as the top-scoring American ace of the war. What they left behind is a legacy and a record of aerial victories that has yet to be surpassed anywhere in the world.

Author Biography

Bill Yenne is a book packager and author who has published dozens of military fiction, non-fiction, and coffee table art books. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

Notes on Squadron Nomenclature and Organizationp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prologue: Knights of the Airp. 1
Boysp. 9
The Roaring Twenties and the Lone Eaglep. 11
Changes and Challengesp. 20
A World Goes to Warp. 27
Americans Preparep. 33
Young Men and Warp. 44
The Daring Young Lieutenants and Their Flying Machinesp. 52
Their Warhorse, Their Fork-Tailed Devilp. 60
Ups and Downsp. 67
Into the Band of Brothersp. 79
Notes on Allied Organization in the Pacific Theaterp. 84
Into the Cauldronp. 88
January 1943: The End of the Beginningp. 95
February 1943: The Calm Before the Stormp. 102
March 1943: A Rising Starp. 105
April 1943: Deaths in the Familiesp. 111
May 1943: Passing in the Nightp. 117
June 1943: Into the Interiorp. 121
July 1943: Four in One Dayp. 124
August 1943: Black Daysp. 129
September 1943: Air Supremacyp. 138
October 1943: Down in Flamesp. 144
November 1943: The Pied Piper of Poplarp. 152
December 1943: Vals for Christmasp. 163
January 1944: The Next Great Ace?p. 163
February 1944: The Flying Circusp. 170
March 1944: And Then There Were Twop. 176
April 1944: Cases for the Ace of Acesp. 183
May 1944: Modesty Equal to Meritp. 193
June 1944: "And the Angels Sing"p. 199
June 1944: A Stranger Comes to Hollandiap. 202
July 1944: The Lone Eagle on His Wingp. 207
August 1944: Just Doing His Jobp. 214
September 1944: Very Little and Very Safep. 220
October 1944: Shooting Gallery Skiesp. 224
November 1944: The Race for Gloryp. 238
December 1944: Medals of Honorp. 249
January 1945: Never to Be Forgottenp. 269
February 1945: The Roses Were Victory Redp. 277
Spring 1945: The Lure of Jet Planesp. 281
Summer 1945: Home Sweet Homep. 287
August 1945: By His Example to Inspirep. 292
Remembrancep. 301
Aces Highp. 303
Those Who Remember Themp. 310
Epilogue: Heroesp. 319
Bibliographyp. 323
Widely Used Acronymsp. 325
Cumulative Scoresp. 327
Official Texts of Medal of Honor Citationsp. 329
Indexp. 331
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