During the conflict he achieved 33 air-to-air combat victories, earning the accolade "France's First Fighter" from General Charles de Gaulle. After the war, he worked as an engineer and was a Member of France's Parliament. Clostermann was born in Curitiba , Brazil , into a French diplomatic family. After receiving flying tuition from German pilot Karl Benitz died in , Russia , he completed his secondary education in France and gained his private pilot's licence in On the outbreak of war in the French authorities refused his application for service, so he travelled to Los Angeles to become a commercial pilot, studying at the California Institute of Technology. He flew a variety of missions including fighter sweeps, bomber escorts, high-altitude interdiction over the Royal Navy 's Scapa Flow base, and strafing or dive-bombing attacks on V-1 launch sites on the French coast.
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In the cramped cockpit of a flashing Spitfire you live the dangers, strains and exhilaration of sorties against Nazi air and ground forces. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Le Grand Cirque by Pierre Clostermann. Whether he is describing a deadly duel with a Focke-Wulf or the excitement of a mile-an-hour strafing run at treetop level, Clostermann lets the reader share his experience. In the cramped cockpit of a flashing Spitfire you live the dangers, strain Pierre Clostermann joined the Free French Forces in as a fighter pilot and later served as squadron leader in the RAF.
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Quotes from Le Grand Cirque. In France, in England, in Belgium, in Holland, in Germany, men were suffering in the night, while I, alone in the sky, was the sole possessor of the dawning day—all was mine, the light, the sun; and I thought with calm pride all this is shining only for me!
Moments such as these compensate for many a sacrifice and many a danger. The public had been satisfied. The programme had been rather heavy, the actors not too bad, and the lions had eaten the trainer. It would be discussed for a day or two more round the family table. And even when it was all forgotten—the band, the fireworks, the resplendent uniforms—there would still remain on the village green the holes of the tent pegs and a circle of sawdust.
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