USAS 1st Pursuit Group - Aviation Elite Units No. 28 (Paperback)
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USAS 1st Pursuit Group - Aviation Elite Units No. 28 (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 04/06/2008
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Starting operations in the relatively quiet Toul sector in March 1918, the 94th and 95th Aero Squadrons of the 1st Pursuit Group initially flew Nieuport 28s, a type available to the Americans because the French didn't want them. They soon showed their aggressiveness, with Douglas Campbell becoming the first American-trained fighter pilot in the US Army Air Service to shoot down a German aircraft and soon after the USAS's first ace. Expanded by the addition of the 27th and 147th Aero Squadrons, the 1st Pursuit Group went to war in earnest over Chateau Thierry in July and suffered heavy losses at the hands of first-class German opposition. Re-equipped with Spad XIIIs, the battle-seasoned group went on to fame over St. Mihiel and the Argonne. By the time the war ended, it had claimed the most enemy aeroplanes of any group in the USAS and the 94th became the highest-scoring single squadron.Amongst its pilots it numbered the American 'ace of aces', Eddie Rickenbacker, and America's balloon busting ace, Frank Luke, both of whom also earned the 'Medal of Honor'. Discover the history of America's first fighter aces as numerous first-hand accounts reveal their thrilling combat experiences.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781846033094
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 248 x 184 x 9 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"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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