Desert Eagles:- An Airlife Classic
Desert Eagles tells the story of two American pilots who served in P-40 Kittyhawk fighter/bomber squadrons in the desert air force in 1942 before, during and after the battle of El Alamein. Both pilots kept diaries of the Middle East experiences and it is on these first-hand accounts that the book is based.
Humphrey Wynn has used his own knowledge of the period to provide a background to the diary material and has produced a fascinating account of these two mens' war.
Both pilots, Hal Marting and Ed Miluck, had come to Britain in 1941 as volunteers of the American Eagle Squadrons. Both men kept diaries of their Middle East experiences and it is on these first-hand accounts that the book is based. Hal Marting was shot down on the day the Battle of El Alamein began, captured and taken by the Germans to Athens. There he escaped and with the help of the Greek Resistance evaded recapture, being taken across the Aegean Sea to Turkey and journeying from their back to Cairo by train. The two pilots were reunited in Cairo on 31 December 1942. Marting was awarded the Military Cross in july 1943 but was sadly killed in an air crash in September 1943.
Desert Eagles is an entertaining and informative read and at the price, excellent value for money. RAF HISTORICAL SOCIETY JOURNAL