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Killebrew, Tom

Overview
Works: 4 works in 22 publications in 1 language and 1,994 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history 
Roles: Author
Classifications: UG639.G72, 940.54494109764922
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Most widely held works by Tom Killebrew
The Royal Air Force in Texas : training British pilots in Terrell during World War II by Tom Killebrew( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Royal Air Force in American skies : the seven British flight schools in the United States during World War II by Tom Killebrew( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By early 1941, the war raged in Europe and Great Britain stood alone against the aerial might of Nazi Germany. Although much of the Royal Air Force's pilot training program had been relocated to Canada and other Dominion countries, the need for pilots remained acute. The British looked to the United States for possible assistance. Passage of the Lend-Lease Act in March 1941 allowed for the training of British pilots in the United States and the formation of British Flying Training Schools. These unique schools were owned by American operators, staffed with American civilian instructors, supervised by British Royal Air Force officers, utilized aircraft supplied by the U.S. Army Air Corps, and used the RAF training symbols. Within these pages, Tom Killebrew provides the first comprehensive history of all seven British Flying Training Schools located in Terrell, Texas; Lancaster, California; Miami, Oklahoma; Mesa, Arizona; Clewiston, Florida; Ponca City, Oklahoma; and Sweetwater, Texas. The first British students arrived in a still-neutral United States in June 1941. Many had never been in an airplane (or even driven an automobile), but they mastered the elements of flight, attended ground school classes, were introduced to the mysteries of the Link trainer and instrument flight, and then ventured out on cross country exercises. Students began night flying with the natural apprehension associated with taking off into a black sky, aided by only a few instruments, a flickering flare path, and limited ground references. Some students failed the periodic check flights and had to be eliminated from training, while others were killed during mishaps and are buried in local cemeteries. Those who finished the course became Royal Air Force pilots. But the story of the British Flying Training Schools is more than the story of young men learning to fly. These young British students would also forge a strong and long-lasting bond of friendship with the Americans they came to know. This bond would last not only during training, but would continue throughout the war, and still exist long after the end of the war."--Jacket
The Royal Air Force in Texas, the story of no. 1 BFTS by Tom Killebrew( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Royal Air Force in Texas, 1941-1945, the story of no. 1 BFTS by Tom Killebrew( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Royal Air Force in Texas : training British pilots in Terrell during World War II
Alternative Names
Killebrew, George Thomas

Languages
English (22)

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