Race of Aces: WWII's Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become the Master of the Sky by John R. Bruning
“Brings you into the cockpit of the lethal, fast-paced world of fighter pilots…Fascinating.” — Sara Vladic
“Extraordinary…A must-read.” — US Navy Captain Dan Pedersen
“A heart-pounding narrative of the courage, sacrifice, and tragedy of America’s elite fighter pilots.” — James M. Scott
“Vivid and gripping…Confirms Bruning’s status as the premier war historian of the air.” — Saul David
The astonishing untold story of the WWII airmen who risked it all in the deadly race to become the greatest American fighter pilot.
In 1942, America’s deadliest fighter pilot, or “ace of aces” — the legendary Eddie Rickenbacker — offered a bottle of bourbon to the first U.S. fighter pilot to break his record of twenty-six enemy planes shot down. Seizing on the challenge to motivate his men, General George Kenney promoted what they would come to call the “race of aces” as a way of boosting the spirits of his war-weary command.