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No 56 Sqn RAF/RFC (Aviation Elite Units #33)

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By the autumn of 1916, with the formation of the new Jagdstaffeln, the pendulum of aerial supremacy had once again swung in favor of the German Air Force. The battle of the Somme in 1916 saw the RFC suffer losses of nearly 400 aircrew between September and November, and British casualties were to reach a zenith in the 'Bloody April' of 1917 when 319 aircrew were lost, kill ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Osprey Publishing
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This wonderful book chronicles the development and flowering of No. 56 Squadron from its inception in the summer of 1916 to its deployment in France in April 1917, and on til the Armistice in November 1918.

Given its initial complement of highly experienced pilots (e.g. Albert Ball and Cecil Lewis, later to become one of the founders of the BBC and famous for his wartime memoirs, "Sagittarius Rising"), 56 Squadron within 4 months of frontline service had already been credited with 100 enemy plan
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