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THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS
1st EDITION 1965
When a handful of outdated aircraft piloted by undertrained officers and maintained by inexperienced ground staff set out to fight in France in 1914, the stage seemed set for another major mistake by the politicians of the day. The R.F.C. had been late in its formation, its subsequent training and equipment almost criminally neglected. The outcome should have been failure.
But within a few months the R.F.C. had established itself as an invaluable part of the Expeditionary Force, an achievement due entirely to the calibre and spirit of the men who had joined the Corps in the early days and who were able to instil the same spirit into subsequent recruits.
This is the story of the growth of Britain’s air arm told through the actions of the men who took part. In the main, it eschews the well-known stories of the great aces and relates instead the less-publicised but equally dramatic and sometimes unbelievable exploits of others.
Many facets of the air fighting of the period are published for the first time, including details of the very early days in France, the stories of the first tentative bombing raids and the fantastic airlift to supply the besieged garrison at Kut. Sometimes it is a story which reflects little credit on those responsible for the political running of the R.F.C., but always it is a stirring tale of deeds performed by men who were fighting in a completely unknown medium.
Illustrated with photographs
CONDITION; GOOD . WITH DUST JACKET ,
SEE SCAN FOR GENERAL CONDITION
INTERIOR CLEAN & TIGHT