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Gabby : a fighter pilot's life by Francis S.…

Gabby : a fighter pilot's life (1991)

by Francis S. Gabreski

Other authors: Carl Molesworth

Series: Schiffer

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Probably only of interest to the biggest of military history buffs, but this was still very good. A Catholic guy who went to Notre Dame, dropped out to fly for the air force (Army Air Corps). This guy really was everywhere: one of the few guys who got up in the air at Pearl Harbor, went to fly with the Polish pilots in Spitfires over England, became a high scoring ace in Thunderbolts, was captured by the Germans on his last combat mission, went to fly in Korea and became an ace there in Sabre’s. I learned a lot about military doctrine during WWII. Early on, much of it was wrong. Air power was initially based on bombers and fighters were really only interceptors to stop bombers from reaching their targets. Once the US learned that its B-17 bombers were vulnerable to fighters, the US used its interceptors as fighter escorts. The skill of the German pilots decreased as more and more of them were shot down. Amazing stories and definitely worth reading if you can get through the military lingo. Gabreski lived in Santa Monica briefly and on bases all over California, including LA (Edwards) and ends his career as the highest scoring ace in the history of the US Air Force. Bibliography, b & w photos, limited index. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Feb 17, 2014 |
Looks like a coffee table book but it's really a great story of a guy who nearly washed out of flight school but went on to be one of the best fighter pilots of WW2. ( )
  FlyingSinger | Jan 18, 2006 |
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To the fighter pilots of the 56th Fighter Group who made it possible for the bomber pilots -their "big friends"- to do the job and paid the supreme price.
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The late summer sun was dropping toward the horizon as I left the airfield and started walking toward the town.
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If ever a man has earned his place in the annals of military history, that man is Francis Gabby Gabreski. His exploits as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea are legendary; his rise from humble beginnings to success in military and business career

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