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Spitfire Deserter? The American Pilot who went Missing

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Spitfire Deserter? The American Pilot who went Missing


In the early morning of 20 April 1942, 47 Spitfire Vs of 601 and 603 Squadrons of the Auxiliary Air Force launched from the deck of the American aircraft carrier the USS Wasp, which had sailed to a position north of Algiers. The planes were bound for Malta. At the time, the island was under heavy siege by Axis forces. Salvatore Walcott's Spitfire never made it; he crash-landed in North Africa, part of Vichy France, and was interned. After attempting to escape, Walcott was liberated at the end of 1942. He returned to the UK and joined the US Army Air Corps and continued to serve as a pilot until the end of the war and afterwards with the USAF during the Berlin airlift. These are the bare bones of the story. But was that landing in Africa 'an inexplicable defection', as it has been described? Here is the evidence, alongside an exploration of American and British attitudes to men like Walcott who served under foreign flags.

Additional Information

Stock Code: A9622.0
Author: Simpson B
ISBN13: 9781445696225
Height(mm): 234
Width(mm): 165
Page Count: 320
Publication Date: 4 Dec 2019
Publication Status: Available
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