The Forgotten American Volunteer Group

US Volunteers in the Colombia–Peru War, 1932

Dan Hagedorn

When Colombia and Peru became embroiled in what is known as the "Leticia Affair,” an arms race ensued. Curtiss-Wright saw an opening and soon had sold the Colombians an assortment of aircraft but also an American cadre to fly until their crews were ready. With rare photos, this book tells the story of these oft-forgotten men and their aircraft.
Date Published :
January 2022
Publisher :
Key Publishing
Illustration :
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913870027
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 9.57 X 6.69 inches
Stock Status : In stock


While volumes have been devoted to the legendary "Flying Tigers," the ultimate American Volunteer Group, another virtually unknown band of flyers preceded them in 1932. When Colombia and Peru became embroiled in what is known as the "Leticia Affair," a little-heralded arms race ensued. The Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation saw an opening and soon had not only sold the Colombians on an impressive assortment of aircraft types but also an American cadre to bridge the gap until their own crews were ready. Illustrated with rare contemporary illustrations, this book tells the fascinating story of these oft-forgotten men and the aircraft they flew.

About The Author

Dan Hagedorn is Curator and Director of Collections at The Museum of Flight at historic Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, and is a graduate of Villa Maria College, the State University of New York, and the Command and General Staff College (U.S. Army, post-graduate). He was previously Adjunct Curator and Research Team Leader at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC for 19 years. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces for 27 years in leadership and intelligence positions worldwide and has, to date, authored 21 monographs or books detailing various aspects of aviation and aerospace history. In conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution, he was named an Unsung Hero of the Smithsonian Institution and was awarded the Orden do Merito Santos-Dumont by the Brazilian Government for services to Latin American aviation history, in which he specializes.


"This work reflects an extraordinary research effort. Aviation developments between World War I and World War II, including the use of aircraft seldom seen in the United States, as well as export competition among American manufacturers are other interesting themes."

- Air & Space Power History

"...the information about an obscure group is interesting."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"Few have so illumined Latin American Aviation history for English-speaking readers as Dan Hagedorn has. And this terrific little tome proves it."

- Cybermodeler

"The book is well researched and the types of aircraft are nicely illustrated by period photos of these planes in service."

- ModelingMadness.Com

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