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Dumb but Lucky!: Confessions of a P-51 Fighter Pilot in World War II
Second lieutenant Dick Curtis arrived in Italy in May 1944–twenty years old and part of a shipment of P-51 Mustang fighter pilots so desperately needed that they were rushed into combat with less than thirty hours of flight time in their new high-performance aircraft.
Six of the twelve pilots assigned to the 52nd Fighter Group were shot down in the first two weeks. By his ninth mission, Curtis was the only one still flying. A maverick, he barely escaped court-martial with his high-flying antics. Escorting bombers sent to pound heavily defended oil fields was risky enough, but strafing the enemy supply lines, ports, and airfields was even more dangerous. Curtis may chalk up his success to dumb luck, but these missions took exceptional skill and courage. This hair-raising account captures the air war in all its split-second terror and adrenaline-pumping action.
Richard Curtis, president of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc., is a leading New York literary agent and a well known author advocate. He is also the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including several books about the publishing industry. Late in 1998, Richard Curtis announced the formation of E-Rights/e-reads, Ltd., an online publisher, retailer, and electronic rights clearing house. The company's mission is to assist authors, literary agents, and other content-providers to take advantage of fundamental changes in publishing and print technology. Richard Curtis was born in 1937, is married, and has two children. He currently resides in Manhattan. His hobbies are sports, music and painting.read more