JOE FOSS ~Flying Marine

The Story of his Flying Circus of Grumman Wildcats

By Major Joe Foss MoH

  • Price: £ 30

E P Dutton & Co. First edition stated 1943.  160 pages and well illustrated with photographs.

Very Good condition hardback book in a Very Good condition dustjacket.  An exceptionally good copy of this very scarce wartime book. 

When Joe Foss joined the Flying Marines, became a fighter pilot and embarked for Guadalcanal, he was just another young man eager for a fight.  Credited with 26 victories he was America’s first ‘Ace of Aces’ beating Rickenbacker’s WW1 record. In 1943 he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the citation read:

For outstanding heroism and courage above and beyond the call of duty….for a record of aerial combat achievement unsurpassed in this war… His remarkable flying skill, inspiring leadership and indomitable fighting spirit were distinctive factors in the defense of strategic American positions on Guadalcanal.

A great copy of an interesting flying memoir/propaganda piece which is very scarce in this first edition.