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 used to be shot down, captured by way of the Germans, after which made a dramatic get away to Switzerland. inside of many years after the warfare, 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 together with his growing to be relatives, he grew to become an funding banker and threw recognized events in nice Neck, manhattan, which attracted the wealthy and recognized in addition to celebrities comparable to Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. constantly impecunious, the Fitzgeralds have been effortless to draw to a lavish get together, yet no longer really easy to persuade to depart.
When the US entered WWII, Tommy re-entered the provider, yet used to be advised he used to be “too previous” for strive against 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 countless numbers 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 used to be a game-changer. Hermann Goering, commander of the Luftwaffe, informed 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 battle.
Tragically, on April 18, 1944, Tommy died test-flying one of many new P-51s in England. he'll perpetually 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