Airmen Without Portfolio: U.S. Mercenaries in Civil War Spain
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17 of 19 found the following review helpful:
If you are into the SCW, then it is worth getting. Sep 10, 1999
By Thomas Hillman
The first few chapters had me worried about where the book was going. These chapters contains the background to the war which is common knowledge to most SCW buffs. Chapter four gets to the stuff you would expect from the book and my opinion turned positive. The lives, missions and interactions are described very well and the story becomes more interesting as it goes on. This book gave me a better appreciation of the Republican Airwar during their hey-day and the tight relation between the Americans in the "La Patrulla Americana". It is a small book with only 150 pages and generally pulls together information into one source. I found it a very quick read and a good addition to my SCW collection. I rate it 3 stars due to the VERY high price.
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Valuable addition Mar 27, 2009
By William L. Rukeyser
An extremely readable book that sheds light on a little-known period of American military aviation. Between the World Wars, while most Americans were ignoring the rise of fascism, a small band of flyers fought Nazis and fascists in the skies above Spain.
They had a variety of motives, including big bucks and adventure. Largely apolitical, some were successful, some were not. Among those profiled are two "Aces": the first American to down a Messerschmitt fighter (Frank Tinker of Arkansas) and the first to down planes of all three Axis powers ("Ajax" Baumler of New Jersey.)
A valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in flying, Spain or the runup to WWII.
Some key personalities in the Spanish Civil War Dec 09, 2011
By James D. Crabtree
This book looks at American pilots who were recruited by the Republicans early in the Spanish Civil War to fly against the Nationalists. Although this book has some good information it bounces around a lot. Not only that but it also seems to be obsessed with a specific Nationalist pilot that it keeps referring to. The formatting is inconsistent and confusing at places (I'm not sure in some spots if I'm looking at a direct quote from Tinker or not). A singular resource for this type of information.