Goodson, James A.


Kimber, 1st ed., 1983. 238 pp., photo & other plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. The author, a lieutenant-colonel, ranks as one of the leading aces of the Allied Forces in World War II and is officially credited with 32 enemy aircraft destroyed. Having survived the sinking of ATHENIA when she was torpedoed, he later joined the RAF's 133rd Eagle Squadron in which he became a fighter pilot. After Pearl Harbour he was transferred to the US Air Force with the Fourth Fighter Group. This Group developed the techniques of long-range fighter escort operations, successfully flying Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs. In 1944, unfortunately, the author was shot down and captured by the Germans near Neubrandenburg and he remained prisoner-of-war in the camp at Sagan until early 1945. He had established a reputation for himself as one of the most famous squadron commanders in the Eighth Air Force and his entire narrative is distinguished by his keen observation and independent mind.

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