Fighter Pilot

Fighter Pilot

The First American Ace of World War II

Book - 1982
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At the age of twelve, American William R. Dunn decided to become a fighter pilot. In 1939 he joined the Canadian Army and was soon transferred to the Royal Air Force. He was the first pilot in the famous Eagle Squadron of American volunteers to shoot down an enemy aircraft and later became the first American ace of the war. After joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, he saw action in the Normandy invasion and in Patton's sweep across France. Twenty years later he fought again in Vietnam.
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1982.
ISBN: 9780813114651
0813114659
Branch Call Number: 940.54 Dun
Characteristics: x, 234 p., [24] p. of plates : 22 cm.

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coreyconover
Sep 08, 2012

This is a firsthand account of the military career of Bill Dunn. Dunn grew up on Lake of the Isles and learned to fly as a boy. When war broke out in Europe in 1939, he went to Vancouver to try and join the RAF. When that failed, he joined the Seaforth Highlanders and was shipped to Europe where the pilot starved RAF eventually allowed him to transfer in. He flew both Hurricanes and Spitfires. He became America's first ace while in the RAF. After Pearl Harbor, he eventually transferred to the USAAF and flew P-47s in Europe. Later, he was transferred to Asia where he flew P-51s. He had a long and varied post war career that included service in Viet Nam. He is a character and one of a kind. This book is entertaining reading. It is suitable for general readers who are not aviation buffs. Dunn does, however, have some views that may be objectionable to some.

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