Eminent military historian Martin Bowman chronicles the stories of airmen downed on the Western Front between 1914 and 1918. It’s speciality focus makes for a truly unique compendium of visceral First World War accounts of the incredible, bloody, aerial battles flown by the RFC,covering German, American, British and Commonwealth pilots shot down over the Western Front. Also included are stories of their escapes and lives in PoW camps. Whilst the predominant focus is on the airmen who saw action during the Great War, the author also provides startling tales of female heroism. There is a chapter dedicated to the life and death of Norfolk heroine, Edith Cavell, a Norwich-born nurse who saved the lives of hundreds of soldiers from both sides during the conflict, and was shot by the Germans for doing so. Amongst the famous pilots covered are; VCs Billy Bishop and Freddie West; Dice-with-Death Dallas; Mick Mannock – The King of the Fighter Aces and Frank Luke the Balloon Buster. This book contains vivid accounts of some of the most heroic actions in the history of aerial warfare, all taking place within the brutal four year stretch of the Great War.
LOST WINGS OF WW I Downed airmen on the Western Front 1914-1918
An action packed book full of thrilling stories of the many airmen from all sides brought down over the Western Front in the Great War. The action does not stop when the pilots are downed – author Martin Bowman follows them into captivity as PoWs, and tells the stories of their escapes and there is a chapter on the life and death of Nurse Edith Cavell, shot by the Germans for aiding some of the downed pilots.
Martin W. Bowman
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Hardback, 236 pp