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The Arnold Scheme:: British Pilots American South and the Allies'… (edition 2007)

by Gilbert S. Guinn (Author)

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In 1941, the United States was neutral ground, but Germany's killer forces were devouring Europe. The British Royal Air Force needed pilots fast, to fight the highly trained German combat forces. President Roosevelt and General "Hap" Arnold knew the United States had to help turn the tide of war, and the Arnold Scheme was born. Lakeland and Arcadia, Florida. Camden, South Carolina. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Americus and Albany, Georgia. These were the Sunbelt towns that became the heart and soul of SEACTC (Southeast Air Corps Training Center) and welcomed thousands of British pilot trainees as they embarked on their dangerous missions. In excerpts from letters, diaries and journals, learn the inside story of the Arnold Scheme and the strategic offensive that would help prepare the nation for war.… (more)
Member:LISandKL
Title:The Arnold Scheme:: British Pilots American South and the Allies' Daring Plan
Authors:Gilbert S. Guinn (Author)
Info:The History Press (2007), Edition: Illustrated, 562 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Non-Fiction, Pilots, WWII

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Arnold Scheme: British Pilots, the American South and the Allies Daring Plan by Gilbert S. Guinn

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If you're looking for a book that covers the training of Royal Air Force pilots in the United States, this is it. Expansive in scope, this book covers all aspects of the Arnold Scheme, including how the locations to train the flyers were selected. I have great interest in the history of the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later known as the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, which was one of two locations in Florida to train RAF pilots, and thousands of USAAF pilots, too. I was nervous to read the account of Cadet Robert Arthur Gordon Cleave, who is the only RAF cadet to have died while based in Lakeland. There's a lot of misinformation regarding his disappearance, often repeated in breathless delight, how he was shot down by a U-boat in the Gulf and carried off to a POW camp. The author notes specifically that the U-boat story is false, which I deeply appreciated.

Each school that was used in the Arnold Scheme has part of a chapter dedicated to it, in addition to chapters discussing the washout rate, Basic flying schools, Advanced flying schools and navigator training. There are also helpful charts in the appendix that compare the stats of each of the flying schools.

A bit dense for the casual reader, and perhaps even the general WWII reader, but to those with interest in the program, it is a wonderful and informative book. ( )
  LISandKL | May 25, 2022 |
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In 1941, the United States was neutral ground, but Germany's killer forces were devouring Europe. The British Royal Air Force needed pilots fast, to fight the highly trained German combat forces. President Roosevelt and General "Hap" Arnold knew the United States had to help turn the tide of war, and the Arnold Scheme was born. Lakeland and Arcadia, Florida. Camden, South Carolina. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Americus and Albany, Georgia. These were the Sunbelt towns that became the heart and soul of SEACTC (Southeast Air Corps Training Center) and welcomed thousands of British pilot trainees as they embarked on their dangerous missions. In excerpts from letters, diaries and journals, learn the inside story of the Arnold Scheme and the strategic offensive that would help prepare the nation for war.

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