Ace in a Day
The Memoir of an Eighth Air Force Fighter Pilot in World War II
360 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 24 illustrations
- September 2022
- In Stock
Ace in a Day is Blick’s honest and gritty personal memoir of his air war in Europe. His vivid writing places you in the cockpit as he and his comrades battle the enemy in the skies or attack ground targets across Europe. His account conveys a true sense of just how dangerous flying World War II fighters, in all weather conditions, really was. It was not just the enemy that could kill you. A moment’s inattention, overconfidence or simple mistake could be deadly. As a keen observer of character, Blick’s pen portraits of those around him, including many of those who sadly did not survive the war, offer a poignant and deeply moving tribute to those with whom he served.
Anyone wanting an understanding of the dynamics of a working fighter squadron at war and the dilemmas faced by those in command should read this book. Supported by an impressive array of original documentation, photographs, and detailed appendices, including Blick’s never-before published wartime journal, Ace in a Day provides a unique and valuable insight into the harsh realities of the air war in Europe from one of the “Mighty Eighth’s” top fighter pilots.
"This memoir is a vivid look at the lives of American fighter pilots in the European theater. The author asserts that life or death in the air was often a matter of luck and shows this through vignettes about his experiences and those of his fellow flyers." ~WWII History Magazine
"Blick’s narrative is so simple, honest, and direct that the reader cannot help but be drawn into the story. His self-deprecating style could be unbelievable if not for the true heroism of his actions." ~Air & Space Power History
"...also delves into [Blickenstaff's] daily activities when he wasn't flying, which are equally as interesting to get a good picture of life as a US WWII fighter pilot." ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
"Blick’s never-before-published wartime journal may well rank as one of the three best personal memoirs yet published." ~ARGunners.com
"...a valued and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library World War II History/Biography collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists." ~Midwest Book Review
"I highly recommend this memoir to anyone who wants to learn what flying, fighting, and dying in the cold and thin air over north-western Europe was like in the latter half of World War Two.” ~Todd Shuggart