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The Resource Yanks in the RAF : the story of maverick pilots and American volunteers who joined Britain's fight in WWII, David Alan Johnson

Yanks in the RAF : the story of maverick pilots and American volunteers who joined Britain's fight in WWII, David Alan Johnson

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Yanks in the RAF : the story of maverick pilots and American volunteers who joined Britain's fight in WWII
Title
Yanks in the RAF
Title remainder
the story of maverick pilots and American volunteers who joined Britain's fight in WWII
Statement of responsibility
David Alan Johnson
Title variation
Yanks in the Royal Air Force
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the story of American volunteer pilots who risked their lives in defense of Britain during the earliest days of World War II--more than a year before Pearl Harbor, when the United States first became embroiled in the global conflict. Based on interviews, diaries, personal documents, and research in British, American, and German archives, David Alan Johnson has created a colorful portrait of this small group--our nation's first combatants in World War II. As the author's research shows, their motives were various: some were idealistic; others were simply restless and looking for adventure. And though the Royal Air Force needed pilots, cultural conflicts between the raw American recruits and their reserved British commanders soon became evident. Prejudices on both sides and lack of communication had to be overcome. Eventually, the American pilots were assembled into three fighter units known as the Eagle Squadrons. They saw action and suffered casualties in both England and France, notably in the attack on Dieppe. By September 1942, after America had entered the war, these now-experienced pilots were transferred to the US Air Force, bringing their expertise and their British Spitfires with them. As much social as military history, Yanks in the RAF sheds new light on a little-known chapter of World War II and the earliest days of the sometimes fractious British-American alliance"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
940.54/4941092313
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D786
LC item number
.J594 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Yanks in the RAF : the story of maverick pilots and American volunteers who joined Britain's fight in WWII, David Alan Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
None of America's business -- Historical prejudices -- A very odd assortment -- Failures to communicate -- Conflicts and rivalries -- Colorful characters and "old school tie boys" -- No more bloody Yanks! -- Belligerent allies -- Yankee doodle goes to town -- Like a great sustained roar -- A most democratic army -- More English than the English -- You're an American, I believe
Control code
ocn890360611
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
281 pages
Isbn
9781633880221
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015000803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025045801
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)890360611
Label
Yanks in the RAF : the story of maverick pilots and American volunteers who joined Britain's fight in WWII, David Alan Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
None of America's business -- Historical prejudices -- A very odd assortment -- Failures to communicate -- Conflicts and rivalries -- Colorful characters and "old school tie boys" -- No more bloody Yanks! -- Belligerent allies -- Yankee doodle goes to town -- Like a great sustained roar -- A most democratic army -- More English than the English -- You're an American, I believe
Control code
ocn890360611
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
281 pages
Isbn
9781633880221
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015000803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025045801
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)890360611

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