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Old 25 May 2023, 03:02 AM   #11
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About 14 years ago, during the spring of 2009, I read the Norman Franks book "Aircraft versus Aircraft : The Illustrated Story of Fighter Pilot Combat from 1914 to the Present Day" (my copy is a Bounty Books edition from 2001). It remains one of his most popular titles.

Later, in September 2010, I got the "Casualties of the German Air Service 1914-20 : as complete a list possible arranged alphabetically and chronologically" by Norman Franks, Frank Bailey and Rick Duiven as a reference source.

May he rest in peace.

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Old 25 May 2023, 08:59 AM   #12
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RIP. I too have many of his books, the quality of which is indisputable.
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Old 25 May 2023, 09:01 AM   #13
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I wonder which of my Norman Franks books I like best.I think my favourite is "Who downed the aces in WWI?".
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Old 25 May 2023, 09:57 AM   #14
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RIP I have read many of his books and found them fine reading and very helpful.
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Old 25 May 2023, 09:56 PM   #15
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My condolences to the family! He will be missed.
Lieutenant der Reserve Werner Voss and the Pilots of Jasta 10 - ISBN: 978-1-4327-4873-9

Collaboration Effort with Jim Wilberg and Jack Herris on their book 'Aviators of the Great War’ Chapt 2, ISBN: 978-1-935881-03-2

'Thirty-Three Victories and Counting: The life and times of Oblt Kurt Robert Wilhelm Wolff' due out 2016.
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Old 26 May 2023, 02:10 PM   #16
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One of the first newly published books I bought was Norman Franks The battle of the airfields in 1982, which I still have. I bought many others since, including most of his first world war aviation books. Bit of an end of a golden era with so many of those aviation writers when I was growing up and collecting their books are no longer with us.
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Old 27 May 2023, 10:34 AM   #17
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Arrow The spines of my books...

... tell a great story:

Sharks among Minnows
Dog Fight
The Jasta War Chronology
Casualties of the German Air Service
The Red Barons last Flight
Jasta Boelcke
Under the guns of the Red Baron
Under the Guns of the Kaiser’s Aces
Under the Guns of the German Aces
Above the Lines
Above the Trenches (+ Supplement)
Above the War Fronts
Bloody April… black September
SE 5/5a Aces of World War 1
Nieuport Aces of World War 1
Sopwith Camel Aces of World War 1
Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War 1
Fokker D VII Aces of World War 1 Part 1
Fokker D VII Aces of World War 1 Part 2
Sopwith Pup Aces of World War 1
American Aces of World War 1
Albatros Aces of World War 1
Fokker Dr I Aces of World War 1
Sopwith Triplane Aces of World War 1

This list of his WW1 related books in my shelves is (still) incomplete...

I did not mention a single one of his numerous WW2 related books...

I have no idea how many articles he wrote for aviation magazines...

That's what I call dedication to aviation history!
Best regards from Germany
Volker Nemsch

"My words came out fine. The problem is that they were incorrectly processed by your brain."

"Much to learn, you still have."

"I never said all that shit!"
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Old 1 June 2023, 08:46 AM   #18
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Didn't meet Norman but spoke to him on the phone when I found an RFC Sergeant pilot living locally. If memory serves, it was Jack Bruce (also lived very locally to me) who gave me Norman's number. We weren't so bothered about personal privacy in those days!

Above the Trenches wasn't my first WW1 book but it kickstarted my interest in the RNAS.

RIP Norman.
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Old 9 November 2023, 07:13 AM   #19
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Thumbs up Rip

I read his Jasta Book informative also on the one of 4 german aces and Red Baron
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