August 1942-September 1943 — North Africa
Guy Denton had become infatuated with a young war widow of merely 19 years when he was stationed in Tallahassee, FL prior to being deployed to North Africa to serve with the 57th Fighter Group, the first American tactical air unit to be attached to the British Eighth Army there. He wrote some one hundred letters and telegrams to Jacquelyn Melton Wrigley in which he wood her out of her grief and into a lifetime marriage with him. I (Douglas Guy "Rocky" Denton), their son, received those letters from my mother and published them in a book entitled Warhawk: Letters From Out of the Blue. The book contains not only the correspondence, but information from Guy's flight logbook, diaries of two of his fellow fliers, and research into the battles and missions flown by Guy as he served, first in the 65th "Fighting Cock" Squadron, then in the 66th "Exterminator" Squadron.
Following his combat tour overseas, Guy returned stateside to Florida to train other pilots in combat warfare in the P-51 Mustang. The book follows Guy's career through the end of the war and beyond to his honorable discharge in 1946. Guy received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters.