Vanished Hero: The Life, War and Mysterious Disappearance of America�s WWII Strafing King

Vanished Hero The Life War and Mysterious Disappearance of America s WWII Strafing King A hell bent for leather fighter pilot Elwyn G Righetti remains one of the most unknown yet compelling colorful and controversial commanders of World War II Arriving late to the war he led the Eng

A hell bent for leather fighter pilot, Elwyn G Righetti remains one of the most unknown, yet compelling, colorful, and controversial commanders of World War II Arriving late to the war, he led the England based 55th Fighter Group against the Nazis during the closing months of the fight with a no holds barred aggressiveness that transformed the group from a middling organA hell bent for leather fighter pilot, Elwyn G Righetti remains one of the most unknown, yet compelling, colorful, and controversial commanders of World War II Arriving late to the war, he led the England based 55th Fighter Group against the Nazis during the closing months of the fight with a no holds barred aggressiveness that transformed the group from a middling organization of no reputation into a headline grabbing team that had to make excuses to no one Indeed, Righetti s boldness paid off as he quickly achieved ace status and additionally scored strafing victories twenty seven than any other Eighth Air Force pilot However, success came at a high cost in men and machines Some of Righetti s pilots resented him as a Johnny come lately intent on winning a sack of medals at their expense But most lauded their spirited new commander and his sledgehammer audacity Indeed, he made his men most famous for loco busting, as they put than six hundred enemy locomotives out of commission 170 in just two days Ultimately, Righetti s calculated recklessness ran full speed into the odds His aircraft was hit while strafing an enemy airfield only four days before the 55th flew its last mission.

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