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HWELTE - World War II aviation book on Russian women fighter pilots

Twenty-two-year-old First Lieutenant Chuck Hewitt, of the U.S. Army Air Corps, is in big trouble. While attempting to deliver a lend-lease B-25 medium bomber to Stalingrad, in 1942, most of his crew is killed, he's badly shot up, and becomes hopelessly lost. Eventually he's intercepted by a mysterious Russian fighter and led to a secret airbase where he crash-lands. Before passing out, Chuck sees the Russian pilot exit this fighter - discovering the pilot to be a beautiful woman. 

Two days later, Chuck regains consciousness in an underground bunker where he is held prisoner. As the days pass he gradually discovers there is something terribly wrong with this air base - there are no men, only women.

For Chuck Hewitt has stumbled onto one of Stalin's best kept secrets.  He is the "guest" of a Soviet fighter squadron attached to the 586th Fighter Air Regiment, an all-female regiment, which daily takes on the best pilots Hitler's Luftwaffe has to offer - snaking across the battle-torn skies of Stalingrad in a macabre aerial-dance of death.   These Soviet women fighter pilots are known as the "Free Hunters."

In time, Chuck is accepted by the all-female fighter squadron and is taught a lesson in courage and valor that will change the direction of his life.  He also falls in love with one of the squadron's top aces, the woman who led him to this air base, saving his life, and who patiently teaches him the art of air combat and survival.

HWELTE - World War II aviation book on Russian women fighter pilots


Extraordinary fiction based on fact. These Russian women fighter pilots were amazingly aggressive and highly successful.  I certainly hope McShane has a sequel in the works. His story and writing style demands a Hwelte II. 

Robert N. Cleaves, Major General, U.S.A.F. (Ret.)

Who would have thought that (HWELTE) a work of fiction would be the hottest commodity on this island?

Bruce Stanley, Columnist for The Phuket Gazette

I found McShane's writing style to possess that rare quality of appealing to both men and women. It literally hooked me from page one.  I understand McShane has a sequel in the works - sign me up - I cant wait for it to be released.

Olivia Davis, Columnist for The Olympian

In my humble opinion, McShane is a good writer, who has written a good book, which will make a good movie. What more can I say?

James Newport, Writer, Hollywood

Though a novel, McShane tells a story largely hidden and untold in the history books. I guarantee you a terrific reading experience.

Alan Caruba, Bookviews, National Book Critics Circle

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HWELTE - World War II aviation book on Russian women fighter pilots

ISBN 0-595-21782-6

426 Pages, Size: 6" x 9"

Price: $22.95

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