Fighter Aces of the Great War

Stephen Wynn

History has recorded that the first ever powered flight took place at Kitty Hawk in America, on 17 December 1903 and was carried out by the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who were aircraft designers and manufacturers. By the time of the outbreak of the First World War, aviation was only eleven years old.
Date Published :
July 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Contributor(s) :
Tanya Wynn
Illustration :
100 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473835207
Pages : 184
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$29.95

Overview
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History has recorded that the first ever powered flight took place at Kitty Hawk in America, on 17 December 1903 and was carried out by the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who were aircraft designers and manufacturers. By the time of the outbreak of the First World War, aviation was only eleven years old. The daddy of battlefield warfare until that point in time had been the cavalry, a position it maintained even as war was declared on the Western Front.

Aircraft were not initially seen as an offensive weapon and were instead used by both sides as observation platforms, or to take aerial photographs from. Even when they were eventually used in an offensive capacity, they did not have machine guns attached to them; if the crew wanted to open fire then they had to use a pistol or rifle.

As the war progressed so the use of aircraft changed from being an observational tool, to that of a fighter and bomber aircraft - something that had never been foreseen at the outbreak of the war. The book then looks at the fighter aces from all sides. These were pilots who had been credited with shooting or forcing down a minimum of five enemy aircraft, of which their were hundreds. While some of these aces survived, many of them were killed. The most famous fighter ace of all is without doubt the German pilot known as the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen.

About The Author
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Stephen is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya and has two sons, Luke and Ross, and a daughter, Aimee. His sons served five tours of Afghanistan between 2008 and 2013 and both were injured. This led to the publication of his first book, Two Sons in a Warzone – Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father’s Conflict, published in October 2010. Both Stephen’s grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.

When not writing Stephen can be found walking his for German Shepherd dogs with his wife Tanya, at some unearthly time of the morning, when most normal people are still fast asleep.

Tanya co-wrote a book with her husband, Stephen, entitled ‘Women in the Great War,’ an experience she enjoyed very much indeed, so much so that she wanted to try writing a book on her own. Her opportunity arose when she wrote ‘Kent at War 1939-45’. But she didn’t stop there, and soon after completing the book on Kent, she went back to co-writing with her husband, on a book about the 325 year history of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The time she spends writing is her solace from looking after her and Stephen’s four German Shepherd dogs, who she says are all very demanding of her time.

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