Reprint iin hardcover with dust jacket. Inscribed by Mr. Gabreski on the front endpaper. 277 pp. Photographs, short bibliography, index. Jacket is price clipped with very minor edgecreasing. Fine/Near Fine. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: America's World War II fighter ace describes his rise in the military, his amazing combat record, and his imprisonment in a POW camp
From Kirkus Reviews: The low-key memoir of an American fighter pilot who achieved ace status in two wars. Gabreski, the son of Polish immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania, nearly flunked out of Notre Dame but was nonetheless recruited by the Army Air Corps. In 1941, he was posted to Hawaii, where he lived through the attack on Pearl Harbor. Eager for action, Gabreski talked the Pentagon into assigning him to a Polish RAF squadron in England; he subsequently became the ETO's top ace, with 28 confirmed kills in 17 months of aerial combat. On the day the author was scheduled to return home to a hero's welcome, he flew one last mission and was shot down--and spent the last ten months of WW II behind the wire of a POW camp. Back in the States before V-J Day, Gabreski married his longtime sweetheart and left the military for a sales job at Douglas Aircraft. After almost two years of civilian life, however, he reenlisted with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Following a brief sojourn as a test pilot, Gabreski was sent to Korea in 1951 as a wing commander. Flying F-86 Sabrejets, he was credited with downing more than six enemy planes, making him a double ace. Retiring in 1967 as a full colonel, the author accepted an executive post with Grumman, where (save for a hectic two-year stint as the politically appointed president of the Long Island Railroad) he remained for the next 20 years. Gabreski devotes most of his understated text to matter-of- fact accounts of his combat experiences, leaving readers to speculate on just what made him such a deadly dogfighter. There's also a rather full roll call of erstwhile comrades in arms, most of whom add little to the narrative. These cavils apart, an often ingratiating memoir. (Sixteen pages of photographs--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Title: Gabby. A Fighter Pilot's Life. Inscribed ...
Publisher: Orion Books
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition..
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Book Description Crown, 1991. Book Condition: Fair. 1st. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP83200400
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Book Description Crown, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Inscription written in front of book. Book is bent. Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000350065
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