My Quest to Fly

My Quest to Fly : Memories and Photos of China, With the American and Chinese Air Forces, 1936-1940

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Sebie Smith's lifelong desire to fly and his mechanical expertise landed him in China with his friend Claire Chennault, the Flying Tigers, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek in the years leading up to World War II. As a military adviser to the Chinese National Air Force, Smith took thousands of photos and kept a daily journal. Those records made possible this exceptional posthumous memoir by the retired United States Air Force colonel, who died in 2002 (the book project was finished by his daughter, Amelia Lucas). Smith witnessed firsthand the Japanese invasion of China, including the immediate aftermath of the Rape of Nanking, along with other monumental events such as the Potsdam Conference. Part memoir, part adventure story, Smith's book is a valuable addition to aviation literature and a fascinating, enjoyable read.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 550 pages
  • NewSouth, Incorporated
  • Montgomery, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1588380033
  • 9781588380036

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"Danger, excitement, and anxiety throughout... provides rare insight into one of the most traumatic periods of 20th-century world history."show more