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Dog Fights and Downtime: Adventures of an Ace Figter Pilot: WWII, Italy Paperback – February 19, 2016
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David Wilhelm's personal account of his military experience is compelling. He started out in the ROTC in college and fought to be re-assigned to the Air Force. He served during WWII mainly in the European Theater, specifically Italy and flew many missions.
He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2015.
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This book should be required reading by every aspiring pilot-to-be in our Armed Forces for excellent record keeping and keen observation to minute detail. Bunny, Author, The WAF Saga
I HAD NO IDEA that Dave was a World War II flying ace and received a Congressional Medal of Honor until I read Dog Fights and Down Time. He is that kind of man, and has that kind of character, of being exceptionally accomplished and modest. Like everything Dave did and does so well, his autobiography is a true testament of a young man who faces uncertainty in death defying circumstances with a great aplomb, l’sprit de corps, and heroic attitude of always doing an “A 1 job.” on
The Letters Dave wrote to his parents are heartwarming, his Mustang Pilot Logbook thrilling, and his notes on his sojourns out of the sky highly entertaining. Dog Fights and Down Time is wonderful book, a thoroughly enjoyable read, and most certainly will become a classic on a young man’s journey into war.
Thank you Dave for writing this wonderful book!
It is well written and a quick read.
It is especially interesting to those of us who suffered through WWll, knowing how another branch of the service worked.
Without our bombers being protected by Dave Wilhelm's types of outfit, the European theater of war operations would have lasted many years longer and would have cost us many more lives...
Again, parts of his story could be made into a first class movie.
It was a fun read.
His book illustrates how much time it takes learning a job (flying) and then putting that job to use. His book then takes you to North Africa and then Italy, many places I have been. He did a good job of describing battles and the threats that he faced.