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Death Was Their Co-Pilot (Hardback)

Aces of the Skies

Aviation WWI

By Michael Dorflinger
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781473859289
Published: 30th January 2017

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It was in World War I that the skies first became a battlefield, with nations seeking to decide military outcomes off the ground. This volume introduces the fighter pilots of World War I, including the infamous “Red Baron” Manfred von Richthofen. In addition to this iconic flying ace, the author presents the thrilling biographies of numerous others and recounts their exploits and the tragedies they suffered. Likewise, the book illustrates the Great War’s historical background and documents the increasing sophistication of aviation technology and warfare.

The narrative provides wide and harrowing descriptions of the action, experience and confrontation these men experienced while in the air. One such description tells us that the 'airspace of the hunt swarmed with red, white and blue rounders which were all fighter aircraft. It required a tremendous amount of energy to keep the upper hand, especially since our aircraft were forced continually to intercept from below and prevent them breaking through to the artillery and infantry flyers'.

The book is compliment by striking photographs and is an outstanding tribute and testimony to these brave men, who should not be forgotten. They are all very poignant. One of the most striking is that of Albert Ball standing with aeroplane propeller. He who was one of the few fighter pilots who became a British folk hero. He received the Victoria Cross posthumously. The author states that in Britain he was considered the fighter pilot without equal. Given the courage that all of these men displayed as made to lucid in this book, this is quite a powerful tribute.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

This collection of biographies of WWI fighter pilots makes for compelling reading. This is a collection of portraits of men who are now as much myth and legend as history. A totally absorbing story that should not be missed.

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Keen First World War aviation enthusiasts will be familiar with Norman Franks’ previous books covering the life of Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, so why this new one? Well Manfred, the iconic Red Baron, has constantly remained at the forefront of First World War studies and, in commemorating the one hundred years that have elapsed since the beginning of hostilities, it seems like a good time to introduce a new arrangement of photographs covering the entire span of von Richthofen’s war (most of which will have been seen, but spread over a whole variety of books and magazines about…

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