Winged Sabres

One of the RFC's Most Decorated Squadrons

Robert A Sellwood

Winged Sabres is the story of a RFC & RAF squadron flying the cumbersome FE2 from February 1916 to September 1917, and then the superlative Bristol Fighter: a two-seater ‘fighter-reconnaissance' squadron with an astonishingly high success rate.

20 Squadron was possibly the highest scoring squadron of the war and one of the most highly decorated, c
Date Published :
August 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
The National Archives
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526729576
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$44.95

Overview
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Winged Sabres is the story of a RFC & RAF squadron flying the cumbersome FE2 from February 1916 to September 1917, and then the superlative Bristol Fighter: a two-seater ‘fighter-reconnaissance’ squadron with an astonishingly high success rate.

20 Squadron was possibly the highest scoring squadron of the war and one of the most highly decorated, claiming over 600 combat victories with well over 400 confirmed in RFC & RAF Communiqués. Its members won seventy gallantry decorations including a posthumous Victoria Cross, and included fliers from the U.K. and around the world. Over 40 became aces, including the American Iaccaci brothers and some Canadians and others. But with a casualty rate of around 50% including killed, wounded and POW they paid a high price.

Over 15 years research has gone into this book, covering a seldom-explored aspect of WW1 in the air: the two-seater fighter-reconnaissance squadrons. 20 Squadron’s motto was Facta Non Verba – Deeds Not Words!

About The Author
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Robert's Scottish Grandfather’s death with 20 Squadron in WW1 started his interest in the squadron, which soon became a much bigger project involving the study of many detailed official records. He has visited the Flanders Battlefields several times in this regard and have also received help from a number of descendants of the men involved. Robert lives in Sussex with his cat, Bella.

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