Formed in 1915, and still operational today, 14 Squadron is one of the RAF’s longest serving and most senior Squadrons. Spending the first thirty years of its operational life in the Middle East, the history of this Squadron is a rich one, but one which, until now, has gone largely unrecorded. Napier effectively brings together all the historical scraps and shreds of stories which make up the collective history of this unit, from 1915 -1945, a period of great military and social upheaval. The author himself attests to the fact that the work is not merely about the aeroplanes operational history during this period, or the stark military facts (although enthusiasts of both these areas will find much here); rather, the work concerns itself to a large extent with the people who flew such aircraft. Recording the dramatic trials and tribulations of the people who were 14 Squadron, Napier provides a sympathetic and engaging account of this period of Military History.
WINGED CRUSADERS The Exploits of 14 Squadron RFC and RAF 1915-1945
Formed a century ago in 1915, 14 Squadron is one of the RAF’s most senior squadrons. Based in the Middle East for its first thirty years, 14 played a previously unrecorded part in that troubled region’s history in both world wars. Author Michael Napier has gathered much fascinating material to present a unique history.