The American Volunteer Group (AVG) that helped China fend off Japanese invaders in the first seven months after Pearl Harbor has probably been detailed in books and assorted media more extensively than any other combat flying organization,
“I should like a thousand dollars, and I can only promise you one thing: You’ll never see the money again!”
When the Italian air force pitted biplanes against Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain, the outcome wasn't pretty.
Arkady Fiedler, a Polish-born writer of popular travelogues, reached his zenith as a wordsmith when he chronicled the impressive early exploits of free Polish fighter pilots flying with the Royal Air Force in the historic air battle to save Britain in the summer of 1940.
The people of Paris were nervous, and with good reason. In the days since the August 3, 1914, declaration of war between France and Germany, the Germans had advanced rapidly through Belgium and northern France, and their First Army had reached the Marne River, just 30 miles east of Paris.
Future NY Mayor Fiorello La Guardia was a 35-year-old freshman congressman when the United States went to war in 1917.