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 was once shot down, captured by means of the Germans, after which made a dramatic get away to Switzerland. inside many years after the battle, 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 becoming relations, he grew to become an funding banker and threw well-known events in nice Neck, ny, which attracted the wealthy and well-known in addition to celebrities similar to Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. regularly impecunious, the Fitzgeralds have been effortless to draw to a lavish celebration, yet no longer really easy to persuade to depart.
When the United States entered WWII, Tommy re-entered the carrier, yet was once instructed he used to be “too previous” for strive against flying. He grew to become 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 hundreds of thousands of the heavy bombers to Luftwaffe Messerschmitt’s simply because we didn’t have a fighter which may succeed in Germany with the bombers. The P-51 used to be a game-changer. Hermann Goering, commander of the Luftwaffe, instructed his American interrogators after the conflict that after he observed P-51s flying unopposed within the skies over Berlin, he knew the gig was once up and Germany might lose the conflict.
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