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New PDF release: American Hero: The True Story of Tommy Hitchcock--Sports

By Nelson W., Jr. Aldrich,W. Averell Harriman,Richard L. Jackson

Born to wealth, adventuresome in spirit, wise in enterprise, gallant in conflict, and a beau ideal of his classification, Tommy Hitchcock used to be the epitome of the yank hero, a legend even in his personal time. To Scott Fitzgerald, Tommy embodied the proper of the aristocratic guy of motion, basing of his characters loosely on Tommy.

Tommy joined the Lafayette Escadrille in the course of WWI on the age of 17. He was once shot down, captured through 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 ny together with his becoming relatives, he grew to become an funding banker and threw recognized events in nice Neck, ny, which attracted the wealthy and well-known in addition to celebrities reminiscent of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. continually impecunious, the Fitzgeralds have been effortless to draw to a lavish get together, yet no longer really easy to persuade to depart.

When the United States entered WWII, Tommy re-entered the provider, yet was once advised he was once “too outdated” for wrestle flying. He grew to become the largest booster of the recent P-51, then in improvement, changing into instrumental in convincing the military to construct it to guard Flying Fortresses on their bombing raids over Germany. We have been wasting thousands of the heavy bombers to Luftwaffe Messerschmitt’s simply because we didn’t have a fighter which could achieve Germany with the bombers. The P-51 used to be a game-changer. Hermann Goering, commander of the Luftwaffe, advised his American interrogators after the conflict that after he observed P-51s flying unopposed within the skies over Berlin, he knew the gig used to be up and Germany may lose the conflict.

Tragically, on April 18, 1944, Tommy died test-flying one of many new P-51s in England. he'll without end be an American hero.

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