“Fighting the Flying Circus” is a book by Edward (Eddie) Rickenbacker, an American flying ace from World War 1.
Eddie Rickenbacker shot down more German aircraft during World War 1 than any other American pilot.
Eddie started in America’s first squadron, the hat-in-the-ring squadron. The American air force had just created their very first group of planes, or squadron. Eddie Rickenbacker joined this squadron. The hat-in-the-ring squadron was stationed in north France, were the rapidly diminishing French and British air forces needed them the most.
Eddie Rickenbacker didn’t shoot down any planes at first, but in only 6 months, he had shot down 26 German aircraft, becoming the leading “ace” (a pilot who has shot down at least 5 enemy aircraft) in the whole American air force. His book,Fighting the Flying Circus, is a biography of his adventures in World War 1.
The “Flying Circus” was a really tough group of aircraft; taking all the German best aces and flyers from all over the country and forming an elite squadron with them.