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By Steve N. Pisanos

Steve N. Pisanos’s The Flying Greek is either the vintage story of an immigrant’s bond with the US and an aerial experience. whilst younger Pisanos arrived within the U.S. in 1938, he labored, studied English, and realized to fly. He earned a personal pilot’s license in 1941, and shortly after Germany invaded Greece, he volunteered for the embattled British Royal Air strength. He served with the 268 and seventy one Eagle Squadrons. The seventy one Eagle Squadron was once one in all 3 Eagle squadrons produced from U.S. volunteers. In 1942, he turned a naturalized U.S. citizen whereas in London, England. He used to be the 1st person in American heritage to turn into a citizen whereas outdoors the U.S. border, and his turning into a citizen allowed him to be commissioned a moment lieutenant within the U.S. military Air Forces.

In riveting element, Pisanos recounts his wrestle checklist, from fighter sweeps and bomber escort missions to dogfighting, flying the Spitfire, the P-47, and the P-51. whereas flying a P-47 named Miss Plainfield, he scored his first aerial victory on might 21, 1943. by way of January 1, 1944, he had turn into an ace. After his 10th proven kill, he crash-landed his P-51 in France and spent six months with the French Resistance, effectively evading catch. due to his publicity to the French operations, the Air strength couldn't probability his trap back, so he back to the U.S. and have become a try out pilot at Wright box the place he additionally attended the Air Force’s attempt pilot school.

Despite grave chance, Pisanos put aside his delight, fears, and misgivings to aid in attaining a better sturdy. The Flying Greek is an exciting and noteworthy trip that may curiosity historians and aviation enthusiasts.

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