No Parachute

No Parachute A Classic Account of War in the Air in WWI in Letters Written in 1917 by Lieutenant A.S.G. Lee, Sherwood Forresters, Attached Royal Flying Corps

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From the young airmen who took their frail machines high above the trenches of World War I and fought their foes in single combat there emerged a renowned company of brilliant aces among them Ball, Bishop, McCudden, Collishaw and Mannock whose legendary feats have echoed down half a century. But behind the elite there were, in the Royal Flying Corps, many hundreds of other airmen who flew their hazardous daily sorties in outdated planes without ever achieving fame. Here is the story of one of these unknown flyers a story based on letters written on the day, hot on the event, which tells of a young pilots progress from fledgling to seasoned fighter. His descriptions of air fighting, sometimes against the Richtofen Circus, of breathless dog-fights between Sopwith Pup and Albatros, are among the most vivid and immediate to come out of World War I. Gould Lee brilliantly conveys the immediacy of air war, the thrills and the terror, in this honest and timeless acount. Rising to the rank of air vice-marshal, Gould Lee never forgot the RFCs needless sacrifices and in a trio of trenchant appendices he examines, with the mature judgement of a senior officer of the RAF and a graduate of the Staff and Imperial Defence Colleges, the failure of the Army High Command to provide both efficient aeroplanes until mid-1917 and parachutes throughout the war, and General Trenchards persistence in a costly and largely ineffective conception of the air offensive.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781909166042
Publisher: Grub Street Publishing
Imprint: Grub Street
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.44941
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: xv, 240
Weight: 474g
Height: 216mm
Width: 142mm
Spine width: 30mm