Death Was Their Co-Pilot

Aces of the Skies

Michael Dorflinger

* A new form of war

* The warring nations‘ most famous fighter pilots

* Thrilling battles, the development of aeroplanes, victories and defeats

* Continues the commemoration of the First World War
Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473859289
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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It was in World War I that the skies first became a battlefield, with nations seeking to decide military outcomes off the ground. This volume introduces the fighter pilots of World War I, including the infamous “Red Baron” Manfred von Richthofen. In addition to this iconic flying ace, the author presents the thrilling biographies of numerous others and recounts their exploits and the tragedies they suffered. Likewise, the book illustrates the Great War’s historical background and documents the increasing sophistication of aviation technology and warfare.

About The Author

Historian Michael Dörflinger has worked as a lecturer and author for many years, with a particular interest in the history and careers of the First World War fighter aces.


“The book is filled with so many stories of heroism and patriotism, it is hard to pick the best examples… If you are looking for a book that shows the facts and figures, but also goes deep beyond them, then this book is for you.”

- A Wargamers Needful Things

“Dorflinger’s work introduces the reader to a number of these aces from both sides of the war. Their exploits, triumphs, and tragedies are all recounted in detail.”

- Military Heritage, November 2017

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