By Nelson W., Jr. Aldrich,W. Averell Harriman,Richard L. Jackson
Tommy joined the Lafayette Escadrille in the course of WWI on the age of 17. He used to be shot down, captured through the Germans, after which made a dramatic get away to Switzerland. inside many years after the struggle, he had turn into one of many stars of the “Golden Age of Sport.” within the 20s and 30s, Tommy ruled polo extra decisively than Bobby Jones did golfing or Babe Ruth did baseball.
Settling in big apple along with his starting to be relatives, he turned an funding banker and threw recognized events in nice Neck, manhattan, which attracted the wealthy and well-known in addition to celebrities reminiscent of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. consistently impecunious, the Fitzgeralds have been effortless to draw to a lavish social gathering, yet now not really easy to persuade to go away.
When the United States entered WWII, Tommy re-entered the provider, yet used to be instructed he was once “too outdated” for wrestle flying. He turned the most important booster of the hot P-51, then in improvement, turning into instrumental in convincing the military to construct it to guard Flying Fortresses on their bombing raids over Germany. We have been wasting 1000s of the heavy bombers to Luftwaffe Messerschmitt’s simply because we didn’t have a fighter which can achieve Germany with the bombers. The P-51 was once a game-changer. Hermann Goering, commander of the Luftwaffe, instructed his American interrogators after the struggle that after he observed P-51s flying unopposed within the skies over Berlin, he knew the gig used to be up and Germany might lose the struggle.
Tragically, on April 18, 1944, Tommy died test-flying one of many new P-51s in England. he'll endlessly be an American hero.
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American Hero: The True Story of Tommy Hitchcock--Sports Star, War Hero, and Champion of the War-Winning P-51 Mustang by Nelson W., Jr. Aldrich,W. Averell Harriman,Richard L. Jackson