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Albert Ball VC
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by Chaz Bowyer
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Crecy Publishing (April 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0947554890
ISBN-13: 978-0947554897
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

In the 1st World War the daring exploits of pilot Albert Ball caught the imagination of the British public like no other. Ball acquired his wings in the RFC in January 1916 and was first posted to France in February of that year. Then he joined No 13 Squadron and for a six-week period in March 1916 saw almost constant action flying the Squadron's Bristol Scout. Moving to No 11 Squadron in May 1916, Ball's score quickly accumulated. He had acquired a reputation as a tenacious scout pilot, often flying alone in his Nieuport and invariably returning to base with a near empty fuel tank. In August he returned to No 11 Squadron and soon after became the highest scoring scout pilot of the time. Waging his solitary aerial war, Ball became a true inspiration to the RFC when its squadrons were being mauled. But his life was to prove tragically short and he was killed in action just before his 21st birthday leading a patrol of SE5's. He had accounted for forty-four German aircraft and was posthumously awarded the Victor
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All My Yesterdays: An Autobiography
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Cecil Lewis (Author)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Element Books Ltd; 1ST edition (April 1993)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1852304057
ISBN-13: 978-1852304058
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Now retired and living on the island of Corfu, 95-year-old British author Lewis here offers a readable but occasionally garrulous and rambling overview of his adventurous life. An aviator in WW I, he flew dangerous missions, surviving the Battle of the Somme and an encounter with the famed "Red Baron," described more fully in his earlier memoir, Sagittarius Rising. After the war, he and others founded the British Broadcasting Corporation, which led to a professional relationship with George Bernard Shaw. Lewis's checkered career as a film director, novelist ( Challenge to the Night ) and Wing Commander during WW II provided him with the opportunity to live in many places, including Hollywood, Tahiti, Italy and Africa. A devotee of the late Greco-Armenian mystic Gurdjieff, Lewis devotes the latter portion of his memoir to a description of Gurdjieff's philosophy and its impact on his life.
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Allen Peck's WWI Letters Home - 1917-1919
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1917-1919: U.S. Army WW I Pilot Assigned to France
By Charles Peck
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (August 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0595362230
ISBN-13: 978-0595362233
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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America's Pioneer Aces
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by James H. Farmer
Hardcover: 302 pages
Publisher: BAC Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 096557301X
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American Aces of World War I
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(Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 42)
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator)
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN: 1841763756

American fliers arriving in Europe from September 1917 brought with them no aircraft. Instead, US units had to obtain machines mainly from the British and French. From early 1918 American pilots were issued with SPAD fighters and they never looked back. As this volume details, the first American trained pilot to become an ace was Lt Douglas Campbell, who shot down five German aircraft by the end of May 1918. He was a member of the celebrated 94th 'Hat in the Ring' Aero Squadron, which created the bulk of American aces in World War I. Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series combines full colour artwork, the best archival contemporary photography, and first hand accounts from aces to bring history's greatest airborne conflicts to life.
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An American for Lafayette
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The Diaries of E.C.C. Genet, Lafayette Escadrille
by Edmond Charles Clinton
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Univ of Virginia Pr (March, 1982)
Language: English
ISBN: 0813908930
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An American Pilot in the Skies of France
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by Percival T. Gates, David K. Vaughan (Editor), David K. Vaughn (Editor)
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: University Press of America (May 27, 1992)
Language: English
ISBN: 1882090020

An American Pilot in the Skies of France collects the diaries and letters which chronicle the experiences of one young American aviator during the first World War. Percival Gates served as a combat flier in the fledgling United States Air Service from 1917 to 1918. His writings tell the story not of a famous ace, but rather that of an American youth like thousands of others sent to Europe to fight the "war to end all wars." Gates provides a total picture of the pilot's life as he describes his experiences both on ground and in the sky. The diaries are particularly telling in Gates' discussion of his training and the dangers inherent in flying the development aircraft of the era. Together with a fine introduction by editor, David K. Vaughan, these writings constitute a remarkable set of memoirs in which one young man's experience in the Great War lives on today.
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An Arizona Aviator in France
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The Life of Ernest A. Love, 147th Aero Squadron, USAS
Alan L. Roesler (Author)
Publisher: Roesler Enterprises Publishing; 3rd edition (2009)
ISBN-10: 0979791928
ISBN-13: 978-0979791925

An Arizona Aviator in France is a complete biography of a well-known historical figure from north-central Arizona, a pursuit pilot who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I. While Prescott named both its airport and American Legion Post #6 in his honor, his legacy as a respected military figure was never previously publicized. After more than a year of specialized training, his 22 combat missions in just seven short weeks, given the equipment shortcomings, switching aircraft types, moving aerodromes and poor weather conditions, was a remarkable accomplishment for that time. As his squadron's only loss during the St. Mihiel offensive, his missing in action status remained one of the great mysteries in their written history. Only now does this new accounting finally complete the 147th Aero Squadron's history.
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Australian Hawk over the Western Front
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A Biography of Major R S Dallas DSO, DSC, C de G avec Palme
by Adrian Hellwig
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Grub Street (November, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN: 1904943349

Major Roderick Dallas is Australia's leading air ace of all time and, with fifty victories, also one of the highest-scoring Commonwealth aces. Even so, until this excellently researched volume, there has never been a full biography of this exceptional pilot, whose fighting career spanned from 1916 to 1918. Flying Nieuport Scouts, Triplanes and Camels with the RNAS and RAF, he was an ever-present threat over the Western Front and the scourge of the German Air Force. Hellwig's book has been taken principally from primary sources (Dallas' own letters, logbook and service record, in addition to squadron record books, combat reports and contemporary accounts), and his resulting conclusions will surprise many. Here is a fitting tribute not just to Australia's greatest war hero of the air but to a man any country would be proud to call their own. It will be read avidly by all those interested in WWI history. Adrian Hellwig has had articles published previously in Cross & Cockade International, Over the Front, and the Australian Association of WWI Aero Historian's Journal.
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Austro-Hungarian Aces of World War 1
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(Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 46)
by Christopher Chant, Mark Rolfe (Illustrator)
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (UK) (February 25, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN: 1841763764

Starting the war with only 35 aircraft, Austro-Hungarian industry went on to produce only moderate numbers of poor quality aircraft. The fliers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire operating on the Serbian and Russian fronts were fortunate at first, finding themselves faced by small numbers of aircraft yet more obsolescent than their own. Serbia fell in 1915, but when Italy declared war the Austro-Hungarians were still faced with a two-front war – a static front against Italy, and a far more fluid one against Russia. Austro-Hungarian fighter pilots performed bravely and often very effectively under extremely difficult geographic, climatic and operational conditions. Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series combines full colour artwork, the best archival contemporary photography, and first hand accounts from aces to bring history's greatest airborne conflicts to life.
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