This book is a treasure-trove of information about a service which most aircrew took for granted, but which supplied a life-saving back-up in times of distress. The depth of historical detail is surprising and covers the Air Sea Rescue Service Marine Branch from its inception up to its disbandment on 31st March 1986 when it was replaced by a mixture of helicopters, the RNLI, Royal Navy Ships and civilian vessels. It is a very readable book that should have a place on every aviation-lover's bookshelves.
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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