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Guest Post: Stephen Wynn

Mystery of Missing Flight F-BELV

The writing and completion of this book was a long time in the making, forty-three years to be exact.

My late mother first told me about the death of her half-brother, James Sylvester Byrne, in 1976, whilst he was serving as a Canadian soldier during the Vietnam war. I was 18 years of age at the time. I had found the story very compelling, even more so as I had seriously considered joining the Army at that time, so anything to do with the military, I found extremely interesting. The fact that in this case the person in question was related to me gave the story an extra edge.

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Author Guest Post: Nigel Walpole

COMPARING THE LIVES OF RAF AND EAST GERMAN PILOTS IN THE COLD WAR

My wife held up the barbed wire for me to crawl under and into the once highly secret Warsaw Pact airfield at Zerbst, in East Germany, which in the Cold War had thundered to the sound of Russian fighter-bombers, and so was a target of interest to me as a NATO fast-jet pilot. Now a sinister silence pervaded the deserted guard posts, crumbling runways and rusting hangars; it was 1998, and the Cold War was over.

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Author Guest Post: Nigel Walpole

AIRBORNE WITH THE ‘BEST OF BREED’

An eerie silence seemed to have descended over the North German Plain, on that crystal clear Christmas morning of 1955, as we patrolled the Inner German Border (IGB) at 50,000 ft in our brand new Hunter Mk 4s, our guns loaded, looking for any suspicious activity in the air above the forbidden land of East Germany. Other than the gentle purring of our jet engines, and sporadic checks on our radios to keep us alert, our world seemed to be at peace – but this was the Cold War.

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Guest Post: Stephen Wynn

The entire world changed with the beginning of the First World War, not just in a military sense but socially as well. Never again would the world ever quite be the same. Much had to do with the sacrifices that people and their families made during the following four years, because with this came an expectation of a better tomorrow.

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Guest Post: Bruce Hales-Dutton

WHO WAS BRITAIN’S FIRST PILOT?

Who was the first to fly aeroplane in Britain? Was it a) Samuel Franklin Cody, b) Alliott Verdon Roe or c) John Moore-Brabazon?

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Author Guest Post: Reiner Decher

Airplanes are beautiful. That is why there are so many museums dedicated to the art of flight. Visitors to such celebrations of mankind’s ability to fly generally find it difficult to appreciate the necessity of engines. They just make noise and use fuel. Yet, they are very necessary and dictate what the airplane can do in terms of flying fast, high, or far.

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Author Guest Post: John Fairley

Men fighting each other in the sky- to all intents hand to hand like knights of old – was an almost unimaginable experience to all except the few who had actually done it.

And it was to last barely a century from the early days of the Great War. 

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Guest Post: Dilip Sarkar MBE – Letters From The Few: Unique Memories of the Battle of Britain

Fascinated by the Battle of Britain from an early age, as a young man I realised that recording and sharing the Few’s memories was of paramount importance. At the time, back in the mid-1980s, membership of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association was well populated and the then Honorary Secretary, the now late Wing Commander Pat Hancock, supported my research by forwarding letters to individual pilots of interest. These included a wide-range of personalities, from famous airmen like Group Captain Peter Townsend and Air Marshal Sir Denis Crowley-Milling to the ‘also rans’, as Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot Peter Fox famously described himself and peers. Indeed, it was Peter’s ‘also rans’ that were of greatest interest to me, having recognised that whilst many famous and distinguished pilots had either published personal memoirs or had biographies written about them, lesser-lights had no platform to record and share their experiences. This I became dedicated to resolving.

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Author Guest Post: Michael Pearson

Burma – The Air War

It is difficult to compare military hardware between different nations at the beginning of a conflict as they will have been designed and constructed to differing requirements for differing purposes.

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Author Video: Roger Annett

Roger Annett has now had 5 titles published with Pen and Sword Books. His latest book RAF College, Cranwell was released earlier this year. As with all his previous offerings, the author has gathered together an impressive number of willing eye-witnesses (himself included) to give the already worthy story of ten decades the necessary flesh and bones.

In this video Roger talks us through his books! Enjoy!

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