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To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace

Anderson, Clarence E.

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ISBN 10: 0312051719 / ISBN 13: 9780312051716
Published by St Martins Pr/Victor Gollancz, U.S.A., 1990
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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With a black X on the cover, otherwise a near fine hardcover first edition copy in a fine, mylar protected DJ, silver spine. Flat signed by the author on the front flyleaf. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 068278

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Title: To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace

Publisher: St Martins Pr/Victor Gollancz, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Bud Anderson is a flyer's flyer.

The Californian's enduring love of flying began in the 1920s with the planes that flew over his father's farm. In January 1942, he entered the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program. Later after he received his wings and flew P-39s, he was chosen as one of the original flight leaders of the new 357th Fighter Group. Equipped with the new and deadly P-51 Mustang, the group shot down five enemy aircraft for each one it lost while escorting bombers to targets deep inside Germany. But the price was high. Half of its pilots were killed or imprisoned, including some of Bud's closest friends.

In February 1944, Bud Anderson entered the uncertain, exhilarating, and deadly world of aerial combat. He flew two tours of combat against the Luftwaffe in less than a year. In battles sometimes involving hundreds of airplanes, he ranked among the group's leading aces with 16 1/4 aerial victories. He flew 116 missions in his old crow without ever being hit by enemy aircraft or turning back for any reason despite one life or death confrontation after another.

His friend Chuck Yeager, who flew with Anderson in the 357th, says, "In an airplane, the guy was a mongoose--the best fighter pilot I ever saw."

Bud's years as a test pilot were at least as risky. In one bizarre experiment, he repeatedly linked up in midair with a B-29 bomber, wingtip to wingtip. In other tests, he flew a jet fighter that was launched and retrieved from a giant B-36 bomber. As in combat, he lost many friends flying tests such as these.

Bud commanded a squadron of F-86 jet fighters in postwar Korea and a wing of F-105s on Okinawa during the mid-1960s. In 1970 at age forty-eight, he flew combat strikes as a wing commander against communist supply lines.

To Fly and Fight is about flying, plain and simple--the joys and dangers and the very special skills it demands. Touching, thoughtful, and dead honest, it is the story of a boy who grew up living his dream.

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Anderson, a California farm boy who loved hot cars and airplanes, earned his wings in the Army Air Corps in September 1942 and flew P-39s. Sent to Europe in 1944, his squadron traded in their P-39s for P-51 Mustangs. Anderson flew 116 missions with the Mustang and shot down 17 enemy planes without receiving a single hit to his own plane. He also served in the Korean War and Vietnam, and as a test pilot. In the course of his 30-year career in the Air Force he was decorated 25 times. Hamelin, a sportswriter, does a highly credible job of telling Anderson's story. He skillfully interweaves anecdotes by men who flew with Anderson, such as fellow World War II section leader Chuck Yeager. Anderson's accounts of some of the projects he flew as a test pilot, as well as his candid remarks on the early space and high altitude programs give the reader an insider's view. An exceptional account of an exceptional man. Highly recommended. Photos not seen.
- George F. Scheck, Naval Underwater System Ctr. Lib., Newport, R.I.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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