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Fighting the Flying Circus

Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973)

1. 01 - INTRODUCING ARCHY
2. 02 - THE AERODROME
3. 03 - OUR FIRST SORTIES
4. 04 - DOWNING MY FIRST HUN
5. 05 - JIMMY MEISSNER STRIPS HIS WINGS
6. 06 - JIMMY HALL'S LAST FIGHT
7. 07 - NEW RESPONSIBILITIES
8. 08 - A VICTORY AND A NARROW ESCAPE
9. 09 - DOWN IN FLAMES
10. 10 - LUFBERY IS KILLED
11. 11 - SQUADRON FESTIVITIES
12. 12 - JIMMY MEISSNER AGAIN
13. 13 - AMERICA'S FIRST ACE
14. 14 - RUMPLER NUMBER l6
15. 15 - CAMPBELL'S LAST FIGHT
16. 16 - BECOMING AN ACE
17. 17 - A PERPLEXING BANK OF FOG
18. 18 - STRAFING THE DRACHEN
19. 19 - THE CHATEAU-THIERRY SALIENT
20. 20 - THE DEATH OF QUENTIN ROOSEVELT
21. 21 - THE FLYING CIRCUS SCORES HEAVILY
22. 22 - OUR SPADS ARRIVE
23. 23 - BACK CLOSE TO VERDUN
24. 24 - THE ST. MIHIEL DRIVE
25. 25 - AMERICAN ACE OF ACES
26. 26 - CAPTAIN OF THE HAT-IN-THE-RING SQUADRON
27. 27 - AN EVENTFUL D DAY
28. 28 - FRANK LUKE STRAFES HIS LAST BALLOON
29. 29 - A NIGHT-MISSION
30. 30 - A DAY'S WORK SIX VICTORIES
31. 31 - SEEING THE WAR
32. 32 - A REGULAR DOG-FIGHT
33. 33 - AN AEROPLANE MOVIE SHOW
34. 34 - AN OVER-ZEALOUS ALLY
35. 35 - THE END DRAWS NEAR
36. 36 - LAST VICTORY OF THE GREAT WAR

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Summary

This is the WWI memoirs of Medal of Honor winner, Capt Eddie Rickenbacker. He fought in and eventually became commander of the 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron, which ended the war with the highest number of air victories of any American squadron. The circus mentioned in the title refers to the German squadron commanded by the famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. (Introduction by Brett W. Downey)

Reviews

Gregory M

What a fantastic down to earth summation of what it was like in those days. True pioneers. Very well written and humble. Narration was perfect for this subject matter. A must listen for history buffs.

Gregory M

What a fantastic down to earth summation of what it was like in those days. True pioneers. Very well written and humble. Narration was perfect for this subject matter. A must listen for history buffs.

Bernie

- Fightung the flying circus

It is Ok, I found the 'flying/fighting action' a bit repetitive but then I am not militarily orientated. The narration was good however I felt the pauses between 'paragraphs' were not necessarily always in the right places and that the narrator was certainly proud of his compatriots efforts.

- History

This book gives a straight look at the air war of the time. Rickenbacker doesn't glamorize any of the action. In fact, he credits his survival in many instances with plain luck. And if you wondered if they really talked back then like they did in the movies, listen to this book. I loved every chapter. I would love to see the film Rickenbacker was involved in shooting right after the war.