Hell Hawks in “Aviation History” — March 2009 January 14, 2009Posted by skywalking1 in History.
My new book with Bob Dorr, Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler’s Wehrmacht, is reviewed in the latest issue of Aviation History magazine.
Former National Air & Space Museum director Walter F. Boyne (Col., USAF, retired) says of our story:
“Hell Hawks! tells the story of the 365th Fighter Group, which fought a little-known war packed with riveting action. It departs from the standard format of unit histories—usually photographic compilations accompanied by a day-to-day resume of events gleaned from official accounts—by relying on a beautifully written narrative, bolstered by firsthand accounts, to chronicles the hard-hitting fighter group…
“This is an intensely personal recounting of one of the most successful air campaigns in history. While it has more than its share of gripping battle stories, its defining element is the vivid presentation of the personalities of ordinary men doing extraordinary things. Hell Hawks! sets a new and defining standard for unit histories. It includes 16 pages of excellent photos—and best of all it doesn’t forget to tip the hat of history to the enlisted and noncommissioned personnel who made it possible for the pilots to be heroes.”
Bob and I are gratified by Col. Boyne’s review, a further tribute to the men we wrote about, the pilots and ground crews of the 365th Fighter Group “Hell Hawks”, just one of the eighteen fighter groups in the Ninth Air Force who helped defeat the German army.