USAS 1st Pursuit Group

USAS 1st Pursuit Group

Aviation Elite Units 28
  • Author: Jon Guttman
  • Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • Short code: AEU 28
  • Publication Date: 4 Jun 2008
  • ISBN: 9781846033094
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 128
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About this Product

Starting operations in the relatively quiet Toul sector in March 1918, the 1st Pursuit Group initially flew Nieuport 28s, given to the Americans because the French did not want them. Expanded by the arrival of additional squadrons, the 1st Pursuit Group went to war in earnest over Château Thierry in July, initially suffering heavy losses. Re-equipped with Spad XIIIs, the battle-seasoned group went on to fame over St. Mihiel and the Argonne, claiming the most enemy kills by any group in the USAS partly thanks to the American 'ace of aces', Eddie Rickenbacker, and balloon-busting ace, Frank Luke, both of whom were also awarded the Medal of Honour. Discover the history of America's first fighter aces in this book as first-hand accounts, rare photographs and a wide variety of accurate, full-colour profiles reveal their thrilling combat experiences.

Biographical Note

A resident of Leesburg, Virginia, Jon Guttman is chief of research and a contributing writer for Weider History Publications. Specialising in World War 1 aviation, he has written 12 titles in the past, including Spad VII Aces of WW1, Spad XII/XIII Aces of WW1, Balloon Buster Aces of World War 1 and Bristol Fighter Aces of World War 1 in the Osprey Aces series, as well as Spa.124 Lafayette Escadrille and Groupe de Combat 12 'Les Cigognes' in the Osprey Aviation Elite Units series.Berkshire-based Harry Dempsey is a talented profile artist who specialises in fighter aircraft of World War 1. He has illustrated all of Osprey's World War 1 Aircraft of the Aces titles to date.

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