RAF Wings over Florida
RAF Wings over Florida: Memories of World War II British Air Cadets (Hardback)
In the early 1940s, prior to the United States' entry into World War II, through the joint efforts of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, British soldiers were sent to the United States for flight training. This collection gives first-person accounts of the men who learned the art of flying in a place far from their homeland -- Florida. The stories provide a wonderful contrast between the two cultures and are told in the voices of British cadets, American cadets who trained with them, instructors, and other individuals who welcomed the British cadets into their homes and lives.
About the Author(s):
Will Largent was a former journalist who flew in World War II on B-26 bombers as a U.S. Army Air Corps crew member. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with nine oak-leaf clusters, four combat ribbons, and the French Croix de Guerre. After the war he pursued a career as a newspaper editor and later became Executive Assistant to Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich. He retired in 1990 to Sarasota, Florida, and passed away on January 21, 1998.