Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 08:46 AM GMT+7
Casemate Publihing have sent us details of two new WWI aviation books. Barry Marsden's biography of Edwin Swale is nicely timed to coincide with the gorgeous new Camels from Wingnut Wings, while Norman Franks's new book on WWI aces looks set to be great background reading for all WWI aircraft modellers.
Camel Combat Ace - The Great War Flying Career of Edwin Swale CBE OBE DFC*
Barry M. Marsden
Hardback, 6 x 9, 192 pages
This work follows the First World War career of Captain (later Wing Commander) Edwin Swale, CBE DFC and bar, who served with 210 Squadron RAF, piloting Sopwith Camel scouts between March and October 1918. During this timeframe, he destroyed seventeen enemy aircraft, the majority being the formidable Fokker D.V11. He undertook a series of perilous operations, including patrols, bombing and strafing missions and bomber escorts.
After the cessation of hostilities, he continued his flying career by piloting gliders over his native Derbyshire. He rejoined the RAF during the Second World War and ended the conflict as an intelligence officer in charge of Ultra operations with the 2nd TAF. His son Duncan also served in the RAF during the Second World War, flying low-level intruder operations in de Havilland Mosquitoes and earning a DFC and a US DFC. Swale also gave noted service to his native Chesterfield as a councillor, alderman, mayor and JP.
This is his story, told in full and thrilling detail.
Images of War - Great War Fighter Aces 1916-1918
Paperback, 7.5 x 9.75, 144 pages
By the close of 1916, the air war over France was progressing amazingly. The Royal Flying Corps, the French Air Force and the opposing German Air Service, were all engaged in fierce aerial conflict and the Allied air forces were following a particularly successful if aggressive policy. They were taking the war to the Germans by constantly crossing the massive trench system that stretched from the North Sea to the Swiss border. With observation and bombing aircraft requiring constant protection from the German fighter Jastas, the fighter aces on both sides soon gained publicity and fame as a result of their daily engagements.
This book explores the many ways in which fighter pilots developed tactics in order to outdo the opposition in the fight for allied victory. In so doing, they achieved high honors on account of their prowess in the skies. It also looks at the development of militarized flight during the course of these key years, revealing how each side constantly endeavored to improve their aircraft and their gunnery.
By early 1918 the Americans were also starting to take part in the war against Germany, and any number of US citizens were joining both the French Air Service as well as manning their own Aero Squadrons. This publication covers the development of American air combat, whilst also recording the efforts of some of their ace pilots flying both British and French aircraft with precision and skill.
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