- Previously unclassified analysis of why/how the Mexicans fought
- Little-known story of the Mexican 201st Fighter Squadron’s bravery whose aviators created national pride throughout their homeland
- The Mexican 201st Fighter Squadron’s mission was to support the US 25th Infantry Division: their road to war was not an easy one
- Profusely illustrated with many rare and unpublished images
Few would list Mexico as an ally of the US during the Second World War. Sadly, Mexico’s aid to the US has been largely ignored by historians and is mostly absent from American history books. When Mexican aviators had the opportunity to show their courage in battle, they did so with valour.
General Douglas MacArthur commended the pilots and 150 support personnel. The thirty-one pilots of Mexican Expeditionary Force 201st Fighter Squadron flew missions supporting troops in the Philippines and sorties over Formosa.
The Aztec Eagles helped the Allies defeat Japan, end the isolationism of Mexico and paved the way for important agreements between the United States and Mexico. They helped modernise the Mexican Air Force and demonstrated that Mexico could mount a successful expeditionary force.
Significant as these achievements were, perhaps the unit’s most important legacy is that the Aztec Eagles fought for dignity, creating pride throughout their homeland.
That pride endures and is evident today as the story of the Aztec Eagles can be heard across the nation.
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Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr. is an award-winning writer/editor with over 25 years’ experience and is the author of over 150 published articles and three books. Zapotoczny Jr. is a contributing writer and reviewer for several international publications and is a former historian with the US Army, specialising in military history and Holocaust studies. A native of Pennsylvania, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in world military history and a Master of Arts with honours in global history from the American Public University.