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Captain Alan John Bott was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories as a pilot and a further three victories during his time as an observer in 1916. Bott first served with the Royal Garrison Artillery before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. He flew as an observer/gunner in the rear seat of a Sopwith from early 1916. On one flight, he slapped out an in-flight
fire with his gloves and was awarded his Military Cross partly for this action.

After the war he also helped to found the famous Pan Books Imprint in 1944, eight years before his death in 1952, where ended the life of a truly extraordinary man and a heroic pilot.