The untold stories of Americans who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WW II
Within Volume’s I & II are fifty selected biographies of the American warriors who donned the uniform of a foreign nation during wartime, to realize their dream … to fly!
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About The Books
They voluntarily enlisted in the RCAF in WW II prior to America’s entry into the conflict. Because of age, marital status or education, they were unable to meet the stringent pre-war American flying service entry requirements.
Their dream was to fly and that is the principal reason more than 8,000 made the trek north to Canada.
Many American and Canadian youth wanted to emulate ‘The Brylcream Boys’, the dashing young airmen flying high performance fighters in combat.
I devoured your book. Loved it immensely. Am in awe of your research and attention to detail. Can’t wait for Volume II.
Well, sir. Your book arrived yesterday and I’m already halfway through it! Absolutely brilliant stories of a portion of our history that is, at least on this side of the border, are almost completely forgotten. Can't wait for Volume II
I have received my copy of American RCAF Warriors and it doesn't disappoint--Tom has done a terrific job assembling these histories in a very interesting style and format--well worth it for any aficionado's collection of RCAF and BCATP history!
If you are a fan of the 4th Fighter Group from WW II then this book is a must read. Though the author takes and gives credit to previous books, he expands on where those books had weaknesses, such as the history of the pilots upbringing and where they were raised. He does this through research and first person interviews with family members and aquaintances. The motivation of why some of these pilots joined the Royal Canadian Air Force is the main focus of this book. It's an easy read and gives a fresh perspective to what could be deemed an old subject of fighter pilot history from World War II. There are also many stories not related to the 4th and those are interesting as well.
Tom reminds us in a personal, most informative way that Canadians were supported early in the war effort by thousands of Americans who were under no obligation to do so. They were either rejected or not eligible to serve in the USAAF at the time, but were determined to help defeat the growing Nazi movement. Canadians and Americans alike will appreciate the tales of bravery and sacrifice of neighbours helping neighbours in their hour of need.
Tom Walsh has crafted a very fine account of several US citizens who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force prior to the US entry into the war. His research into the lives and motivations of these men has been meticulous. Walsh describes the background of these men and details their enlistment and training in the service of Canada. He provides details of their service in the RCAF and continues their stories after their separation from the Canadian air force. He makes good use of photographs to enhance his stories. I look forward to subsequent volumes and the stories of additional warriors who, for the most part, wore the uniforms of two countries during World War II.
About the author
Tom Walsh has been interested in World War II aviation history all his life. For over forty years, he worked as a producer and consultant in the North American air show industry.
Now retired, he spends his free time researching and writing the untold stories of some of the 8,864 Americans who served part or all of their Air Force careers in the RCAF in World War II.
American RCAF Warriors is an ongoing series with Volumes I & II published with Volumes III and IV to be available in the future.