Airmen Without Portfolio, by John Carver Edwards

Airmen Without Portfolio, by John Carver Edwards
Airmen Without Portfolio - US Mercenaries in Civil War Spain, by John Carver Edwards, with a foreword by Brigadier General Robert Lee Scott

Published by Praeger in 1997, 150 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket. (S7871WSOJ)

From the front inside fly leaf: Published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, this work chronicles the lives and military careers of 12 American mercenary pilots who flew for the Spanish Republican government against the combined air forces of Nationalist Spain, Italy and Germany.

Drawing upon the memoirs of these aviators and appropriate secondary scholarship, the author examines each US flyer's political and personal motivation for opposing fascism as the world prepared for World War II. The book also offers a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of these airmen at the squadron level during their eight-month tour in Spain. It describes their interaction with their Spanish and Russian comrades, the types of aircraft they flew, the skill and resourcefulness of the enemy pilots they dogfought, the international repercussions of their presence abroad, and the hostile treatment they would incur from their own government.

The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has several minor scuffs, and some light nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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