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Camel Combat Ace (Kindle)

The Great War Flying Career of Edwin Swale CBE OBE DFC*

Aviation WWI World War One Aviation 1918 RAF

By Barry M. Marsden
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 6.1 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 100
ISBN: 9781473866850
eBook Released: 10th March 2017


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This book follows the First World War career of Captain (later wing commander) Edwin Swale, CBE DFC and bar, who served with 210 Squadron RAF, piloting Sopwith Camel scouts between March and October 1918. During this timeframe, he destroyed seventeen enemy aircraft, the majority being the formidable Fokker DV11. He undertook a series of perilous operations, including patrols, bombing and strafing missions and bomber escorts.

After the cessation of hostilities, he continued his flying career by piloting gliders over his native Derbyshire. He rejoined the RAF during the Second World War and ended the conflict as an intelligence officer in charge of Ultra operations with the 2nd TAF. His son Duncan also served in the RAF during the Second World War, flying low-level intruder operations in de Havilland Mosquitoes and earning a DFC and a US DFC. Swale also gave noted service to his native Chesterfield as a councillor, alderman, mayor and JP.

This is his story, told in full and thrilling detail.

Well-written account of the flying career of Wing Commander Swale, based on diaries and family documents. The Great War saw some fighter pilots achieving more than 80 kills, but that was a result of the practice of flying until the pilot himself became a victim, and where many kills were of much inferior aircraft. In the final year of conflict, 17 kills against the formidable Fokker VII was a great achievement. Highly Recommended.

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About Barry M. Marsden

Barry M. Marsden is an esteemed author and historian. Previous publications released include Portraits of Heroes: Derbyshire Fighter Pilots in the Second World War (2011, Amberley Publishing), Tracks and Trackless: Chesterfield's Trams and Trolleybuses (2012, Amberley Publishing) and Prehistoric Pathfinders: Pioneers of English Archaeology (2014, Fonthill Media). He lives in Eldwick, West Yorkshire.

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