The day Captain Gustav Lundquist, U.S.A.A.F., arrived in England was the 4th of July, 1944. At the British base where the two Spitfires of his flight landed an R.A.F. officer squinted at their two big wing tanks, asked:
"Did you come far?"
"Dayton, Ohio," answered Lundquist, but his mind was no longer on the Spits. That had been the job of weeks ago.
Wright Field at Dayton had got the two Spitfires from the R.A.F. to see what could be done to lengthen their range. In short order, with the help of test pilots like Gus Lundquist, the Spits had been given a...