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Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2019
Beautifully written, detailed account of what it was like to be a French fighter pilot ace in WW2. A very brave and competent man who could have quit after multiple missions, but chose to fight on through fatigue out of decency and patriotism. Some of the final runs were amounting to suicide missions, losing more than half the fighters with each sortie. He describes the letdown after the war is over as poignantly as anyone. The man is a gifted and poetic writer, as well as a war hero. He does have a few snarky things to say about the US. But then the French blame America for taking too long to get into war and liberating Europe. C'est la vie.