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    I was reading a magazine on WW2 and I did not know that some Americans flew for the RAF during the Battle Of Britain they had to lie and say they were Canadian to join the RAF or get into trouble with the US since we were not in the war yet.On the American Passport of the time it said warns that it is not valid for entering for service in a foreign military force.A real interesting article.One of them was Billy Fiske who won a Olympic gold medal for the USA on the bobsleigh team before the war.he did not survive the Battle of Britain.Here is a link I found about him.To bad from what I read about his skill for learning fast I think he would of became a ace just a shame he did not have the time to learn.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Fiske
    And one more link.
    http://www.fiskes.co.uk/billy_fiske.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by river rat View Post
    I was reading a magazine on WW2 and I did not know that some Americans flew for the RAF during the Battle Of Britain they had to lie and say they were Canadian to join the RAF or get into trouble with the US since we were not in the war yet.On the American Passport of the time it said warns that it is not valid for entering for service in a foreign military force.A real interesting article.One of them was Billy Fiske who won a Olympic gold medal for the USA on the bobsleigh team before the war.he did not survive the Battle of Britain.Here is a link I found about him.To bad from what I read about his skill for learning fast I think he would of became a ace just a shame he did not have the time to learn.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Fiske
    And one more link.
    http://www.fiskes.co.uk/billy_fiske.htm
    I wasn't aware of this either - but looks like it was noted at the time:

    http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=51865

    http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=75178

    Videos from British Pathe of Fiske's funeral and the plaque being unveiled.

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    A similar fella was John Gillespie Magee jr, who was Anglo-American. He went to Rugby School and after moving back to the US won a scholarship to Yale; but instead of accepting he enrolled in the RCAF in 1940. He was sent to England and died in a mid-air collision while on a training flight. Among his personal effects a poem was found, probably the most famous lines ever written on the joy of flying.

    High Flight

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air....

    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
    And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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