The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAF

Norman Franks, Andy Saunders

Date Published :
September 2008
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Illustration :
b/w illustrations throughout
No associated books available.


Arguably the highest scoring R.A.F. fighter pilot of the First World War, Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock’s life, and most particularly his death, are still shrouded in mystery. Did he achieve as many victories as are sometimes ascribed to him? How did he die? Where did he die, and more pertinently, where do his remains now lie?

Respected investigative historians Norman Franks and Andy Saunders have assessed all the evidence and cut through the speculation to build up a complete picture of the man and his achievements as a fighter pilot. Having unearthed much new and enlightening information, they present herein, perhaps the first truly balanced overview of his life.

Vitally, they now also reveal exactly where Mannock VC fell in battle ninety years ago, and have now begun a quest to persuade the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to accept their findings, published here for the first time, along with numerous original photographs.

About The Author

Norman Franks is a respected historian and author. Previous titles for Pen and Sword include InThe Footsteps of the Red Baron (co-authored with Mike OConnor), The Fighting Cocks, RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma, Dogfight, The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain (with Nigel McCrery) and Dowdings Eagles. Over the course of his career, Frank has published some of the most compelling works on First World War fighter aviation, being one of the worlds leading authorities on the subject.

He lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

Andy Saunders has been involved with historic aviation for over thirty years and is well known in the aircraft preservation and restoration field. His specialist area of interest is in the air war over Europe, 1939-1945. One of the co-founders of Tangmere aviation museum, and its first curator, Andy is also respected as a serious researcher and author and is a prolific contributor to the aviation press. He is passionate about flying and history, regularly traveling in search of historic aircraft and artifacts. He also acts as adviser or consultant to film and television companies. He is a former editor of Britain at War magazine and the current editor of Iron Cross.


"…provides a detailed analysis of Mannock's combat record…addresses lingering aspects of Mannock's legend. bound to stand as the definitive reference for years to come. Five Stars."

- Aerodrome

“…precisely what WWI aviation enthusiasts want in a book… brief, to the point, fun to read, and well illustrated….Everything about “Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock, VC, DSO, MC, RAF” reeks of excellence”.

- Indy Squadron Dispatch, Volume 23, Number 6

“…packs much information on the ace, his squadron mates, the myths surrounding his aerial career, and for the first time, where his remains likely lie…insights into character and motive based on contemporary sources. Supplemented by over seventy photographs, this aviation biography belongs on every bookshelf.”

- The Past in Review

"detailed and fact filled...unique resource to those deeply interested in the pilots of the First World War...well researched and documented.."

- Aerodrome

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