An Eye in the Sky

The Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force Career of Air Commodore Henry George Crowe MC, CBE, CBD (SC)

Bob Cossey

Date Published :
June 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
200 black and white images
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This is the biography of Henry Crowe whose career encompassed time as an infantryman with the Royal Irish Regiment during the First World War, an observer with the RFC and fledgling RAF, a pilot in Ireland at the time of the Irish War of Independence, a photographic officer and flight commander in Iraq, and Commanding Officer of Nos. 23 and 74 Squadrons. His memories of time spent in Iraq and on the North West Frontier between the wars have a real resonance today, illustrating just how little has changed in some respects.

Henry served at the Air Ministry in various positions and concluded his service with the RAF in India, retiring as an Air Commodore in 1945. He had a keen interest in photography and took hundreds of images of the places he served, the aircraft he flew and saw, and the people he met. With an early Bell and Howell cine camera he also captured film of Malta, Iraq and India between the wars. As a photographic record alone this book is fascinating. But Henry wrote about his experiences as well and it is his memoirs that form the backbone of this biography, written with the full backing of his family.

Henry Crowe was highly decorated and especially well thought of during the course of his career; reading Bob Crossey’s account of his fascinating life, it is clear to see why.

About The Author

Bob Cossey has been Secretary of the 74(F) Tiger Squadron Association since 1992 and it is this squadron which has been the inspiration for the books he has published previously - Tigers (Arms and Armour Press), A Tiger’s Tale (J&KH) and Upward and Onward (Pen and Sword). His latest project, An Eye in The Sky, also has a connection as Hal Crowe was OC 74 in Malta before the war.

Living near Norwich, Bob also writes guides for two local aviation museums; the City of Norwich at Horsham St Faith and the Norfolk and Suffolk at Flixton. Away from aviation, Bob is a trustee and secretary of Stepping Stones, a Norwich based charity for adults with learning disabilities.

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