Lawrence of Arabia’s Secret Air Force

Based on the Diary of Flight Sergeant George Hynes

James Patrick Hynes

X Flight was designated the task of giving close air support to the desert army commanded by Lawrence of Arabia. It flew from advanced desert landing grounds on reconnaissance, liaison, bombing, and ground attack missions. The diary is supported with the Flight's weekly records, perspectives of the battle scenarios, and other information.
Date Published :
August 2010
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
Approx 20 b/w in plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848842663

Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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X Flight was designated the task of giving close air support to the desert army formed and commanded by Lawrence of Arabia. It flew from advanced desert landing grounds on reconnaissance, liaison, bombing and ground attack missions. The existence and deeds of the flight were kept secret, so much so that even the RFC Paymaster was unaware of their existence.

George Hynes was an aircraft mechanic and became responsible for keeping the flight’s somewhat elderly aircraft airworthy whilst working in the most difficult desert conditions on hastily constructed landing strips and living and working under canvas in temperatures that froze at night and rose to 100 degrees plus at noon.

His diary gives a clear insight into the conditions endured, the actions that took place and the many almost insurmountable problems that occurred as they followed Lawrence’s steady advance against the numerically superior Turkish Army and Air Force. George personally encountered Lawrence on many occasions and maintained contact with him after the war.

The diary is supported with the Flights weekly operational records, perspectives of the battle scenarios and other background information.

About The Author
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James Hynes MA is an author and historian.

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