The School the Aztec Eagles Built

The School the Aztec Eagles Built

A Tribute to Mexico's World War II Air Fighters

Book - 2016
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"In May 1942, a German U-boat torpedoed two unarmed Mexican oil tankers off the Gulf Coast, forcing Mexico to enter World War II. With the help of United States President Roosevelt, Mexican President Camacho arranged to send one Air Force squadron to fight in the war. Thirty-eight of Mexico's top pilots, and about two hundred sixty additional military crew, were carefully selected to form the 201st Air Force Squadron, also known as the Aztec Eagles. The squadron was the first unit in history to leave Mexico on a fighting mission. To mark this historic event, President Camacho asked the men if they had any last minute requests before they went to war. Sergeant Angel Bocanegra, a former teacher and now squadron ground crewmember, stepped forward and made a request. He asked that a school be built in his small town, Tepoztlan. This is the exciting account of how a Mexican Air Force squadron and an unknown schoolteacher made their mark in history"--Publisher summary
Publisher: New York : Lee & Low Books Inc., [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781600604409
Branch Call Number: JUV 972.018 Nicholson 2016
Characteristics: 39 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 x 28 cm


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