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  • World War II Magazine

    Deadly Quest for Glory

    Competition for acclaim made the best German pilots better in World War II. But seeking recognition and praise tended to get mediocre fliers killed. So finds a new study from America’s National Bureau of Economic Research. Economists...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Beaufighter Aces of World War 2

    Beaufighter Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, $19.95. Looking like a pug-nosed Bristol Blenheim with an attitude, the Bristol Beaufighter seemed every inch the hybrid bomber-turnedfighter that it...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Ace of Aces: Richard I. Bong

    Quiet, shy and introverted on the ground; aggressive, hostile and fearless in the air. Major General George C. Kenney had had enough. Ever since a certain pilot arrived at Hamilton Field for combat training on May 6, 1942, he had been...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Ace in a Day

    Major Archie G. Donahue shot down five aircraft on a single mission—twice. Major Archie Donahue’s reputation preceded him when he began training a new generation of U.S. Marine pilots to operate the Vought F4U-1D Corsair from aircraft...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Flying Cowboy: Frederick Libby

    Frederick Libby became America’s first ace while flying as an observer-gunner in a spindly British pusher-propelled biplane. The apprentice airman could scarcely believe his situation. Yesterday he had been a supply truck driver with the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: First Navy Ace of WWII

    Lieutenant Edward “Butch” O’Hare U.S. Navy Medal of Honor Pacific Ocean Papua New Guinea Feb. 20, 1942 Early in World War II, less than three months after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese held the initiative throughout the Pacific. The...

  • Aviation History Magazine Book Review

    To Fly and Fight

    To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace by U.S. Air Force Colonel Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson (ret.), with Joseph P. Hamelin Sometimes you finish reading a memoir wishing that you knew the author better. With Bud Anderson’s...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Bristol F2 Fighter Aces of WWI

    Bristol F2 Fighter Aces of World War 1 by Jon Guttman, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, $20.95. Jon Guttman’s latest offering is a long-awaited title, since the Bristol F.2B is easily the most popular World War I two-seater among...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aleksandr Kozakov: The Tsar’s Ace

    The tragic end of Aleksandr Kozakov signaled the demise of the Imperial Russian Air Service. On September 7, 1914, Austro-Hungarian pilot Franz Malina and his observer, Friedrich von Rosenthal, reconnoitered the Russian airfield near...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Ace Under Three Flags

    Marcel Albert served in the air arms of his native France and Britain before hitting full stride flying Soviet fighters in the Normandie Regiment. No air force’s involvement in World War II was more complicated than that of France....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Red Baron

    Red Baron: The Life and Death of an Ace by Peter Kilduff, David & Charles Ltd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007, $30. As the highest-scoring fighter pilot of World War I, Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, more widely known as the Red Baron, has...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: In Their Own Words

    In Their Own Words: True Stories and Adventures of the American Fighter Ace by James A. Oleson, iUniverse, Lincoln, Neb., 2007,$34.95 With the passing of World War II and Korean War veterans, there’s a feeling of urgency among...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Thy Flying Greek

    Thy Flying Greek: An Immigrant Fighter Ace’s WWII Odyssey With the RAF, USAAF, and French Resistance by Colonel Steve N. Pisanos, U.S. Air Force (ret.) Potomac Books, Herndon, Va., $34.95 Born in the Athenian suburb of Kolonos on...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Star of Africa

    Hans-Joachim Marseille may have been the finest fighter pilot who ever lived. Had Hans-Joachim Marseille lived and fought today rather than in 1941 and ’42, there’s not a saloon in the country that would serve him a Bud Lite without...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    An Ace in the Hole: “Diz” Laird

    U.S. Navy Commander Dean “Diz” Laird went from shooting down Japanese airplanes to flying replicas of them over Pearl Harbor At a luncheon of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society in San Diego, president Chuck Sweeney let me make an...

  • Military History Magazine

    America’s Top WWI Ace

    Captain Eddie Rickenbacker 94th Aero Squadron Medal of Honor France Sept. 25, 1918 World War I ace Edward Vernon Rickenbacker is one of the most highly decorated American airmen of all time. Captain Eddie, as he was known, earned an...