The Few by Alex Kershaw
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The Few tells the dramatic and unforgettable story of eight young Americans who joined Britain's Royal Air Force, defying their country's neutrality laws and risking their U.S. citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots in the summer of 1940-over a year before America entered the war. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air" and with minimal training but plenty of guts, they dueled the skilled and fearsome pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe. By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Winston Churchill once said of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few." Now, with the narrative drive and human drama that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw tells their story for the first time.
 

About Alex Kershaw

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Alex Kershaw is the New York Times bestselling author of several books on World War II, including The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
 
Published August 28, 2007 by Da Capo Press. 330 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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After the Battle of Britain, more than 200 Americans continued to serve in the RAF’s three “American Eagle” squadrons, which later became part of the U.S. Army Air Force.

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With his customary narrative drive, Kershaw (The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice ) spotlights the handful of American pilots who jo

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With his customary narrative drive, Kershaw (The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice ) spotlights the handful of American pilots who joined the Royal Air Force and its fighter squadrons during the Battle of Britain.

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Brick does a nice job squeezing the drama from Kershaw's story of the American fliers who joined the British RAF during the early years of World War II, before the United States had entered the war.

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On 4 Jul 1941, at St Paul's Cathedral in London, a plaque was put up with the inscription "An American citizen who died that England might live" in honor of American pilot Billy Fiske, another American pilot who fought and died for Britain (Kershaw did indeed go into depth on Fiske in this book a...

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