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Fighter Heroes: The Untold Story of the Brave and Daring Pioneer Airmen of the Great War
Few are aware of the risks that the pioneering airmen of World WarItook.This oral history conveys the perils of those early days, the thrills of learning to fly, and the horrors of war in the air at a time when pilots carried little defensive armament and no parachutes. The men who joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914 were the original heroes of flying, treading into
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Collins
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Very personalized story of the British pilots of WWI, drawing on and directly quoting both their letters and their audio memories from museum archives. German pilots are also described, but not in such personal detail. From mere observers to dogfighters and bombers, the war saw aviation develop rapidly on both sides. Many pilots died in the effort, but the Royal Air Force was born.