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Eugene Bullard - "World's First Black Fighter Pilot"

In 2013's "Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot," author Larry Greenly writes about one of the most intriguing people to emerge from World War I, regardless of country or branch of service. Bullard captivates because he was the first African American pilot, the first African American fighter pilot, the first African American combat pilot, etc. And he was a full generation before the famous Tuskeegee Airmen of World War II.

Eugene Bullard

But Eugene Bullard's remarkable story is something that all American history buffs and all aviation buffs from around the world will find to be a real page-turner as the story of an underdog who is not only a heroic, highly decorated, infantryman at Verdun and elsewhere, but one who then becomes a pilot. Post-war, Bullard settles down in Paris, marries Marcelle Straumann, buys and runs "Le Grand Duc" and becomes a focus of the jazz age. As World War II approaches, French intelligence has him spy on the Germans. And that's just part of the story...

Greenly builds upon two previous Eugene Bullard biographies - Craig Lloyd's " Eugene Bullard, Black Expatriate in Jazz-Age Paris" and the even earlier " All Blood Runs Red: Life and Legends of Eugene Jacques Bullard - First Black American Military Aviator" by Henry Scott Harris - while adding many intriguing stories about his life. Greenly, who writes very well, also adds new photos of Bullard, photos and data about the types of planes he flew and flew against, and more.

Sadly, Bullard is unknown to the vast majority of Americans, even those who are history buffs. Mr. Greenly's wonderful book will no doubt greatly help to fix that. It was a great read, and I flew through it.

Purchase "Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot," from NewSouth Books, 334-834-3556, www.newsouthbooks.com/eugenebullard.

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American Eagles - The Illustrated History of American Aviation in World War I

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"American Eagles - The Illustrated History of American Aviation in World War I" ($19.95, paperback, 370 pages, 8.5"x11", black and white, $5 for shipping and handling (US) or free download):

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American Eagles is packed with 220 photos, new maps and beautiful artwork by Michael O'Neal. It is the story of American World War I combat aviation, the aviators, their planes, their aerodromes, their stories and what happened to them after the war. Read about the first American fighters, bombers and observation planes, the Lafayette Escadrille, United States Naval Aviation, United States Marine Aviation, the United States Air Service, now the USAF, and more.

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"A great book... a book that really needs to be on your bookshelf."
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Lafayette Escadrille: America's Most Famous Squadron

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"Lafayette Escadrille: America's Most Famous Squadron" ($14.95, 204 pages, digest size, black and white, $5 for shipping and handling (US) or free download):

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The Lafayette Escadrille is about the brave Americans who volunteered to fly for France and the United States 103rd Aero Squadron during World War I. Read about Raoul Lufbery, Bill Thaw, Kiffin Rockwell, Norman Prince, Charles Biddle and the early days of American World War I military aviation before it was known as the United States Air Force. These men flew Nieuports and Spads against Fokkers and Albatroses. This book has lots of new research and is thoroughly well-documented. 204 pages, 62 photos and maps.

"Narayan Sengupta's "The Lafayette Escadrille: America's Most Famous Squadron" is a wonderfully written history of one of the most unique air combat units that ever existed. Not only is his book factual and chock full of historical photos (80+), the text is nicely augmented with maps, appendices, and a very complete bibliography. Great job, all around!"
Steve Ruffin, Managing Editor emeritus, "Over the Front."

"You write so well! I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot."
Cynthia Pullin

"A concise, well written history of one of the most significant fighter squadrons in American history. Long before the US entered World War One, these volunteers showed that not all Americans were "too proud to fight." They helped defend the skies of France and laid the groundwork for what would eventually become the United States Air Force. Mr. Sengupta has done an excellent job of telling the story of some of the most colorful individuals in American history. Very readable and superbly illustrated, the book is thoroughly researched and well documented."
Steve Tom, PhD, Lt Col USAF (Ret)

POW Stories - real stories by real former American POWs in Germany

"POW Stories" ($14.95, paperback, 189 pages, 8.5"x11", black and white, $5 for shipping and handling (US)):

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POW Stories is a collection of remarkable stories told by men who were once POWs in Germany. Some were in the US Army, others in the United States Army Air Force. This latest revision has real-life stories by Fred Scheer, James Golden, Les Schrenk and many others. All were POWs in Germany during WWII. Jim was a Mustang pilot who was the last Allied pilot shot down on D-Day. Fred escaped twice and was recaptured. He made it out for good on his third escape. And Les survived the brutal German Death March. POW Stories includes many other exhilarating, astonishing and poignant real stories. 189 pages, 35 photos and maps.

"POW Stories is a masterfully assembled collection of first-hand tales of survival, comradery and reunion, an emotional journey of brave men recounting their highs and lows and finding humor in the darkest places. The stories should never be forgotten. Well worth the read."
Patricia W. Huff

Disaster at Dieppe - World War II's Little D-Day

"Disaster at Dieppe" ($14.95, paperback, 174 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", 66 photos and maps, $5 for shipping and handling (US)):

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The raid on Dieppe, code named Operation Jubilee, was the first invasion/large scale raid, of World War II. Jubilee featured the first use of Rangers, Churchill tanks, tanks in an amphibious assault, P-51s and Typhoons and more. Approximately 6,000 troops were roped into the attack: they included 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British, 50 American Rangers and 24 French light infantry. Poor planning and Murphy's Law led to an 85% casualty rate for the Canadians who landed! It was a rate far, far worse than the 10% suffered by the US Marines at Tarawa in late 1943 or the 15% that would be sustained by the Americans on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. But their sacrifice was not in vain and may have saved 10 times as many lives in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. This is an easy read. At the same time, it is thoroughly documented. Its tables and six page index makes it a great reference book. 174 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", 66 photos and maps.

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