Winged Sabres (Kindle)
One of the RFC's Most Decorated Squadrons
Winged Sabres is the story of a RFC & RAF squadron flying the cumbersome FE2 from February 1916 to September 1917, and then the superlative Bristol Fighter: a two-seater ‘fighter-reconnaissance’ squadron with an astonishingly high success rate.
20 Squadron was possibly the highest scoring squadron of the war and one of the most highly decorated, claiming over 600 combat victories with well over 400 confirmed in RFC & RAF Communiqués. Its members won seventy gallantry decorations including a posthumous Victoria Cross, and included fliers from the U.K. and around the world. Over 40 became aces, including the American Iaccaci brothers and some Canadians and others. But with a casualty rate of around 50 per cent including killed, wounded and POW they paid a high price.
Over 15 years research has gone into this book, covering a seldom-explored aspect of WW1 in the air: the two-seater fighter-reconnaissance squadrons. 20 Squadron’s motto was Facta Non Verba – Deeds Not Words!
As a vivid and convincing reconstruction of deadly air combats long ago, this deeply researched book excels.Aviation News, December 2018
The author has made a very good job of presenting the history of 20 “Winged Sabres” Squadron and their aircraft. From the detail packed into this book, it is easy to see why the author spent more than fifteen years in researching for it.Firetrench
This is a fascinating book and only narrowly missed being the Editor's Choice.The Great War magazine, September 2018 – reviewed by Mark Marsay
Outstanding history. 10/10
Author Q&A as featured byThe Sunday Post, 15th July 2018
Featured 'ON THE SHELF' by Neil SmithWargames Illustrated, May 2018