Here, aviation historian Norman Franks tells the story, in words and images, of the emergence of some of the greatest fighter aces to see action during the first half of the First World War. He explores the air war over the trenches from late 1914 to the late summer of 1916, the point at which ace pilot Oswald Boelcke helped form the German Jasta system that would prove so devastating to the RFC and RNAS.
Utilising images drawn from his large personal archive of photographs, Franks profiles some of the greatest and most notorious aces, as well as the aircraft in which they flew. The first years of the war saw some of the bravest acts of pilot gallantry and ingenuity play out. Franks celebrates the legacy of just a handful of these individuals on both sides, including Manfred Von Richtofen, Lanoe Hawker, Georges Guynemer, Albert Ball, Lionel Rees, Wilhelm Frankl, and Stanley Dallas amongst many others.
IMAGES OF WAR: GREAT WAR FIGHTER ACES 1914-1916
Using words and images from his private photographic collection, aviation historian Norman Franks gives us a dramatic portrait of the air war over the western front from 1914-16, including the exploits of aces like Boeckle, Von Richthofen, Hawker, Ball, and Guynemer.