Lawrence of Arabia's Secret Air Force (4 reviews)
Based on the Diary of Flight Sergeant George Hynes
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Found in: Aviation History Books
Published: 9 August 2010
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X Flight was designated the task of giving close air support to the desert army formed and commanded by Lawrence of Arabia. It flew from advanced desert landing grounds on reconnaissance, liaison, bombing and ground attack missions. The existence and deeds of the flight were kept secret, so much so that even the RFC Paymaster was unaware of their existence. George Hynes was an aircraft mechanic and became responsible for keeping the flight s somewhat elderly aircraft airworthy whilst working in the most difficult desert conditions on hastily constructed landing strips and living and working under canvas in temperatures that froze at night and rose to 100 degrees plus at noon. His diary gives a clear insight into the conditions endured, the actions that took place and the many almost insurmountable problems that occurred as they followed Lawrence s steady advance against the numerically superior Turkish Army and Air Force. George personally encountered Lawrence on many occasions and maintained contact with him after the war. The diary is supported with the Flights weekly operational records, perspectives of the battle scenarios and other background information
Individual diaries from both world wars continue to be discovered and published, to our collective benefit. Their personal narratives offer a new perspective on major events and in some ways provide the freshness and colour... [read full review]Royal Airforce Historical Society
Designated the task of keeping the more elderly aircraft airworthy in the most formidable conditions of the Arabian desert; George Hynes was an aircraft mechanic, who personally encountered Lawrence of Arabia on numerous occasions, and... [read full review]James Tweal
Lawrence of Arabia's Secret Air Force is the story of George Hynes, an aircraft mechanic attached to X flight in Aqaba. The dry and terse accounts in the official war diaries were carefully written in... [read full review]Military Times, Jan 2011
This is a book based on the diary for Flt Sgt George Hynes who was serving with X Flight, a detachment of No.47 Squadron. As such, it is an interesting memoir of his time in... [read full review]Aeromilitaria, Winter 2010
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