Alan Bott joined the Royal Flying Corps after serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery. Posted to 70 Squadron in 1916, he scored 3 victories as an observer aboard Sopwith 1½ Strutters. On 24 August 1916, Bott and his pilot, Awdry Vaucour, were shot up and forced to land by Leopold Reimann of Jasta 1. After pilot training in 1917, Bott joined 111 Squadron in the Sinai desert and scored 2 more victories before he was shot down in flames and captured on 22 April 1918. Imprisoned in Turkey, he escaped four months later. After the war he became a journalist and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 8309 on the D.H.60 "Moth" at the Hampshire Aero Club on 3 June 1928. In 1944 Bott founded PAN Books.
Cavalry of the Clouds
Published in 1917 as "An Airman's Outing," English ace Alan Bott describes the daily life of a British flying officer in France
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950