Australian Hawk Over the Western Front

A Biography of Major R S Dallas DSO, DSC, C de G avec Palme

Adrian Hellwig

Date Published :
August 2006
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Contributor(s) :
Commodore Keith Eames Commander Australian Navy Aviation Group
Illustration :
16 pages b/w photos
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781904943341
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Major Roderick Dallas is Australia’s leading air ace of all time and, with fifty victories, also one of the highest-scoring Commonwealth aces.

Even so, until this excellently researched volume, there has never been a full biography of this exceptional pilot, whose fighting career spanned from 1916 to 1918. Flying Nieuport Scouts, Triplanes and Camels with the RNAS and RAF, he was an ever-present threat over the Western Front and the scourge of the German Air Force.

Hellwig’s book has been taken principally from primary sources (Dallas’ own letters, log book and service record, in addition to squadron record books, combat reports and contemporary accounts), and his resulting conclusions will surprise many. Here is a fitting tribute not just to Australia’s greatest war hero of the air but to a man any country would be proud to call their own. It will be read avidly by all those interested in WWI history.

Adrian Hellwig has had articles published previously in Cross & Cockade International, Over the Front, and the Australian Association of WWI Aero Historian’s Journal.

About The Author

Adrian Helwig specializes in military history.


“very thorough…works hard at showing many discrepancies between various records, other books and letters written.”

- Over the Front

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