The Forgotten American Volunteer Group (Paperback)
US Volunteers in the Columbia-Peru War, 1932
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 books tells the fascinating story of these oft-forgotten men and the aircraft they flew.
For the Modeler, lots of build/diorama ideas- and some really unusual -seldom modeled types to portray -as well as those amazing camos. The Military Enthusiast is the biggest winner- as if I have never heard of this conflict, I bet a lot of English Language readers are right along with me.Martin Koenigsberg, Good Reads
It's also good as a period snapshot- to help anyone understand the effect of the Depression on arms races and international business. A lesser know conflict was one of the technology accelerators right at the end of the Biplane era- before the Spanish Civil War would usher in the supremacy of the monoplane.