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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.
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 Organization||p. xiii|
|Prologue: Knights of the Air||p. 1|
|The Roaring Twenties and the Lone Eagle||p. 11|
|Changes and Challenges||p. 20|
|A World Goes to War||p. 27|
|Americans Prepare||p. 33|
|Young Men and War||p. 44|
|The Daring Young Lieutenants and Their Flying Machines||p. 52|
|Their Warhorse, Their Fork-Tailed Devil||p. 60|
|Ups and Downs||p. 67|
|Into the Band of Brothers||p. 79|
|Notes on Allied Organization in the Pacific Theater||p. 84|
|Into the Cauldron||p. 88|
|January 1943: The End of the Beginning||p. 95|
|February 1943: The Calm Before the Storm||p. 102|
|March 1943: A Rising Star||p. 105|
|April 1943: Deaths in the Families||p. 111|
|May 1943: Passing in the Night||p. 117|
|June 1943: Into the Interior||p. 121|
|July 1943: Four in One Day||p. 124|
|August 1943: Black Days||p. 129|
|September 1943: Air Supremacy||p. 138|
|October 1943: Down in Flames||p. 144|
|November 1943: The Pied Piper of Poplar||p. 152|
|December 1943: Vals for Christmas||p. 163|
|January 1944: The Next Great Ace?||p. 163|
|February 1944: The Flying Circus||p. 170|
|March 1944: And Then There Were Two||p. 176|
|April 1944: Cases for the Ace of Aces||p. 183|
|May 1944: Modesty Equal to Merit||p. 193|
|June 1944: "And the Angels Sing"||p. 199|
|June 1944: A Stranger Comes to Hollandia||p. 202|
|July 1944: The Lone Eagle on His Wing||p. 207|
|August 1944: Just Doing His Job||p. 214|
|September 1944: Very Little and Very Safe||p. 220|
|October 1944: Shooting Gallery Skies||p. 224|
|November 1944: The Race for Glory||p. 238|
|December 1944: Medals of Honor||p. 249|
|January 1945: Never to Be Forgotten||p. 269|
|February 1945: The Roses Were Victory Red||p. 277|
|Spring 1945: The Lure of Jet Planes||p. 281|
|Summer 1945: Home Sweet Home||p. 287|
|August 1945: By His Example to Inspire||p. 292|
|Aces High||p. 303|
|Those Who Remember Them||p. 310|
|Epilogue: Heroes||p. 319|
|Widely Used Acronyms||p. 325|
|Cumulative Scores||p. 327|
|Official Texts of Medal of Honor Citations||p. 329|
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