“This work…are accounts from the masses of largely unrecognized airmen who-in the aggregate- actually won it. They are the recollections of your Uncle Frank…of your old girlfriend’s grandfather, the craggy guy who ran the salvage yard on the south side of town… these are the everyman-but important-narratives that are fast disappearing as the last of the generation passes away.”
Jay Stout’s book Unsung Eagles: True Stories of America’s Citizen Airmen in the Skies of World War 2, is a wonderful book of stories of someone you know and that I know who fought in the air over Europe. across the vast expanse of the Pacific, and in the Far East over China and even, Vietnam.
Stout’s work brings you the stories of these young men, from rural America, of German descent (one even born in Germany), and across America, itching, yearning to fly in the war for American and Britain. These are stories of pilots who flew not just the well known aircraft of the war, the B-17, B-24, P-47, and P-51, but the “Dauntless” Dive Bomber, the Grumman “Wildcat,” and the P-61 “Black Widow” night fighter.
Well written and well illustrated, Unsung Eagles tells us stories about pilots who flew missions to Vietnam, two decades before jet bombers and fighters flew missions into that nation. It also tells us about carrier pilot training on Lake Michigan on two converted side wheel steamers that became the USS Wolverine and the USS Sable.
I enjoyed this book because it flowed and kept me interested throughout the entire book as it covered familiar ground of the American Air War 70 years later with new voices.
I rate this book a “great” read!
Note: I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher, Casemate Publishing via Net Galley, in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.