Greeks In Foreign Cockpits
This book, or to be more accurate, Volume A, is a case study, concerning the lives and actions of Hellenic heritage fighter pilots, who flew with the United States Army Air Force during WW2. No one ever thought to research such an interesting and touching subject, not even from the Greek American community in the United States. The authors are natives of Greece, meaning that all their research made using the internet in order to reach their sources. The book covers not only the pilot's war stories but refers also to the history of their family, presenting us the difficulties they had to overcome in order to succeed in their new country. The most touching feature of the book is the first-hand accounts of the veterans themselves or their relatives, referring to their love for aviation and how these men enlist in order to fight for freedom in the skies. This unique study from the authors is supporting by a team of talented artists who created profiles and digital painting covering the actions of the Greek parentage aviators, who flew, fought and some of them died during WW2. The photographs are more than someone could imagine and the bilingual captions is a welcome bonus for the English speaking readers. We believe that soon we will be able to read their next Volume.
Three years ago, this group of authors presented a volume that was hard to imagine that it could ever be. Judging from the circumstances it was hard to expect that there would be a follow up volume. And yet! The writers did it and presented a similarly striking volume, which is the normal if one takes into account the many years of passionate research every member of this group have on the subject. Being enthusiastic researchers, the result is a project that could well be undertaken by an official agency. This is not a form of speech, as the authors placed religiously and historically accurately one-by-one the traces of the personal story of each aviator. Family history, personal manhood and their path to aviation, their career in the various squadron they served, and the dogfights and battles they fought are listed in full detail, cross checking even the records of the rivals they confront with. Photographic coverage is excellent. Their actions are not just recorded but emplaced in the operational status of each war period they flew, making it easier for the reader to adapt, to the different war theaters in which the Greek aviators of the diaspora fought, from Great Britain and the Mediterranean to the Far East. Reading this Volume we can say that we have a perfectly balanced story for each pilot which starts with his early years and continues to their wartime career within the various units they served. The project is supported by talented artists who draw the profiles of the aircraft the Greek parentage pilots flew, as well as beautiful oil and digital paintings which were created to represent specific aerial fights from their careers. Research on the subject has gone so deep that writers are already preparing a third volume, which will also cover bomber pilots! The series is expected to be completed with several volumes, presenting in the end an impressive reference work, an example that should be imitated by official Greek services and academies. Concluding the ultimate cause for the writers is to preserve this unknown aviation history subject and presented to their fellow countrymen being a bright example for all the Greeks who are moved by the aviation ideas.