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The Flying Greek : An Immigrant Fighter Ace's WWII Odyssey with the RAF, Usaaf, and French Resistance - Col. (Retd.) Steve N. Pisanos

The Flying Greek

An Immigrant Fighter Ace's WWII Odyssey with the RAF, Usaaf, and French Resistance

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Published: 1st December 2007
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Steve N. Pisanos's The Flying Greek is both the classic tale of an immigrant's bond with America and an aerial adventure. When young Pisanos arrived in the U.S. in 1938, he worked, studied English, and learned to fly. He earned a private pilot's license in 1941, and soon after Germany invaded Greece, he volunteered for the embattled British Royal Air Force. He served with the 268 and 71 Eagle Squadrons. The 71 Eagle Squadron was one of three Eagle squadrons comprised of U.S. volunteers. In 1942, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen while in London, England. He was the first individual in American history to become a citizen while outside the U.S. border, and his becoming a citizen allowed him to be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces. In riveting detail, Pisanos recounts his combat record, from fighter sweeps and bomber escort missions to dogfighting, flying the Spitfire, the P-47, and the P-51. While flying a P-47 namedMiss Plainfield, he scored his first aerial victory on May 21, 1943. By January 1, 1944, he had become an ace. After his tenth confirmed kill, he crash-landed his P-51 in France and spent six months with the French Resistance, successfully evading capture. Because of his exposure to the French operations, the Air Force could not risk his capture again, so he returned to the U.S. and became a test pilot at Wright Field where he also attended the Air Force's test pilot school. Despite grave danger, Pisanos set aside his pride, fears, and misgivings to help achieve a greater good. The Flying Greek is an entertaining and remarkable journey that will interest historians and aviation enthusiasts.

It s a fascinating tale of flying, and the opportunities offered in the United States to anyone enterprising enough to make the most of them. It also constitutes proof that Homer was not the last Greek who knew how to recount an odyssey. "The Flying Greek" is that rare book tin aviation literature which manages to both thrill and inspire. "The Flying Greek" is an entertaining and remarkable journey that will interest historians and aviation enthusiasts. ""The Flying Greek" is an incredible autobiography, a fast-moving adventure that will hold the reader's attention to the end as Steve describes the episodes of his life as they happened. He is certainly a rare immigrant and a proud American whose story exemplifies what the goodness of America is all about. He is a role model for youngsters of our world today."--Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, USAF (Ret.)--Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, USAF (Ret.) (04/01/2008) "Powered by the dream of flight, "The Flying Greek" is an epic journey of courage, risk, initiative, and perseverance. Pisanos tells his story of life, death, and brotherhood in the desperate battles in the skies over Europe in bold, colorful strokes. There are times when you find it difficult to grasp all those things that a human is capable of; Pisanos shows us all that is possible. "The Flying Greek" is the remarkable story of an individual who exemplifies everything America stands for and promises, and sets a standard for all generations to aspire to."--Gene Kranz, flight director of Apollo 13 and author of "Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond" "This is a remarkable book. Steve Pisanos has an incredible memory for seemingly every detail of his adventurous life...His is a Horatio Alger story, set in the exciting world of flight and deadly duels above the clouds, capped with success and recognition beyond even his seemingly impossible dreams."--From the Foreword by Walter Cronkite "The Flying Greek" is an incredible autobiography, a fast-moving adventure that will hold the reader s attention to the end as Steve describes the episodes of his life as they happened. He is certainly a rare immigrant and a proud American whose story exemplifies what the goodness of America is all about. He is a role model for youngsters of our world today. Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, USAF (Ret.)--Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, USAF (Ret.) (04/01/2008)" Powered by the dream of flight, "The Flying Greek" is an epic journey of courage, risk, initiative, and perseverance. Pisanos tells his story of life, death, and brotherhood in the desperate battles in the skies over Europe in bold, colorful strokes. There are times when you find it difficult to grasp all those things that a human is capable of; Pisanos shows us all that is possible. "The Flying Greek" is the remarkable story of an individual who exemplifies everything America stands for and promises, and sets a standard for all generations to aspire to. Gene Kranz, flight director of Apollo 13 and author of "Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond"--Gene Kranz (04/01/2008)" This is a remarkable book. Steve Pisanos has an incredible memory for seemingly every detail of his adventurous life His is a Horatio Alger story, set in the exciting world of flight and deadly duels above the clouds, capped with success and recognition beyond even his seemingly impossible dreams. From the Foreword by Walter Cronkite--Walter Cronkite (04/15/2008)" -This is a remarkable book. Steve Pisanos has an incredible memory for seemingly every detail of his adventurous life...His is a Horatio Alger story, set in the exciting world of flight and deadly duels above the clouds, capped with success and recognition beyond even his seemingly impossible dreams.---From the Foreword by Walter Cronkite--Walter Cronkite (04/15/2008) -Powered by the dream of flight, The Flying Greek is an epic journey of courage, risk, initiative, and perseverance. Pisanos tells his story of life, death, and brotherhood in the desperate battles in the skies over Europe in bold, colorful strokes. There are times when you find it difficult to grasp all those things that a human is capable of; Pisanos shows us all that is possible. The Flying Greek is the remarkable story of an individual who exemplifies everything America stands for and promises, and sets a standard for all generations to aspire to.---Gene Kranz, flight director of Apollo 13 and author of Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond--Gene Kranz (04/01/2008) -The Flying Greek is an incredible autobiography, a fast-moving adventure that will hold the reader's attention to the end as Steve describes the episodes of his life as they happened. He is certainly a rare immigrant and a proud American whose story exemplifies what the goodness of America is all about. He is a role model for youngsters of our world today.---Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, USAF (Ret.)--Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, USAF (Ret.) (04/01/2008) Powered by the dream of flight, The Flying Greek is an epic journey of courage, risk, initiative, and perseverance. Pisanos tells his story of life, death, and brotherhood in the desperate battles in the skies over Europe in bold, colorful strokes. There are times when you find it difficult to grasp all those things that a human is capable of; Pisanos shows us all that is possible. The Flying Greek is the remarkable story of an individual who exemplifies everything America stands for and promises, and sets a standard for all generations to aspire to. Gene Kranz, flight director of Apollo 13 and author of Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond--Gene Kranz (04/01/2008)" The Flying Greek is an incredible autobiography, a fast-moving adventure that will hold the reader s attention to the end as Steve describes the episodes of his life as they happened. He is certainly a rare immigrant and a proud American whose story exemplifies what the goodness of America is all about. He is a role model for youngsters of our world today. Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, USAF (Ret.)--Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, USAF (Ret.) (04/01/2008)"

Foreword
Early Daysp. 1
In Love with Airplanesp. 5
Voyage of Discoveryp. 17
Arrival and Departurep. 32
A New Lifep. 42
Every Silver Lining Has a Cloudp. 52
Hometown Boyp. 60
Flight Plan for Warp. 70
Off to Warp. 83
Gathering of Eaglesp. 93
Into the Wild Blue Yonderp. 115
From Spitfires to Thunderboltsp. 131
Becoming Americanp. 140
In Combat with the P-47p. 148
Escort to Germanyp. 164
In Pursuit of the Luftwaffep. 173
The Race for Air Supremacyp. 183
Mustangs at Lastp. 197
Down in Enemy Territoryp. 215
Contact with the Maquisp. 225
The Notorious Gestapop. 238
The House in Pantinp. 246
The Liberation of Parisp. 256
Homecomingp. 265
Joining the New USAFp. 288
On to Vietnamp. 298
Mission to Athensp. 308
Letters of Commendationp. 316
Notesp. 324
Selected Bibliographyp. 328
Indexp. 332
About the Authorp. 349
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781597970785
ISBN-10: 1597970786
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.65