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 via the Germans, after which made a dramatic get away to Switzerland. inside many years after the struggle, he had develop 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 manhattan along with his growing to be kin, he grew to become an funding banker and threw well-known events in nice Neck, manhattan, which attracted the wealthy and well-known in addition to celebrities equivalent to Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. consistently impecunious, the Fitzgeralds have been effortless to draw to a lavish celebration, yet now not really easy to persuade to depart.
When the USA entered WWII, Tommy re-entered the carrier, yet was once advised he used to be “too outdated” for wrestle flying. He turned the largest booster of the recent 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 enormous quantities of the heavy bombers to Luftwaffe Messerschmitt’s simply because we didn’t have a fighter that can achieve Germany with the bombers. The P-51 was once a game-changer. Hermann Goering, commander of the Luftwaffe, informed his American interrogators after the battle that once 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 eternally 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