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Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker, originally from Ohio, was best known as one of the commanders of the 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron, a crack unit of World War I pilots that included many former members of the famed Lafayette Escadrille.
The 94th ended the war in France with the highest number of air victories of any American squadron. Captain Rickenbacker later belonged to an association of pilots and Great War air veterans who, in the years immediately following the Second World War, invited many of the new "young" aces from the Pacific and European theaters for informal lectures. These men never lost their keen interest in aviation.
Public Domain (P)2012 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 09-25-12

World War 1 ace

This book was written in 1919 and tells of his life flying planes during WWI. He was a WW1 ace and won the Medal of Honor as well as awards from France and England. He also wrote a book about his survival in a life raft after being shot down during WW11 his crew was at the time the longest survivors ever recovered alive in WW11. In civilian life he founded Eastern Airlines. He tells the story in a matter of fact way never making himself out to be a hero. He tells of the day to day life as well as the pros and cons of the machines they flew. This is the story of the beginning of what would become the U.S. Air Force. He made a comment in passing about the heroic role played by the U.S. Red Cross and U.S. YMCA in feeding the refuges flooding into Paris and by doing so saved Paris from riots and other problems caused by starving frighten people. There was so much history given in just an easy conversational way. A great book if you are interested in history.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Greg M. on 07-16-15

An amazing tale

Told in first person, this heartfelt memoir a World War I aviator comes to life. With humility regarding his own accomplishments, Eddie Rickenbacker, Americas WWI ace of aces, describes in detail the pilots, personalities, lifestyle and of course the dangers faced by a squadron at the front. A must-read for anyone wanting a greater understanding of The Great War and the dawn of aviation.

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