The Royal Naval Air Service in the First World War

Aircraft and Events as Recorded in Official Documents

Philip Jarrett

 
Date Published :
February 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
450 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473828193
Pages : 280
Dimensions : 11.5 X 8.5 inches
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$49.95

Overview
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This book makes five original documents relating to the work of Britain’s Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) during the First World War readily available to students and historians. To enhance visual interest a large collection of photographs, many hitherto unpublished, has been added. Some of these relate directly to the aircraft and events mentioned in the documents, but others show developments before and after the periods covered. The five documents concerned are the Diary of Important Operations, Flanders, 1916; Disposition of Aircraft, 24 February, 1917; Royal Naval Air Service Communiques Nos 1 to 14; Truing-up of airplanes: Issued by the Air Department on 1 September 1916; and The Grain drawings, a unique set of sketches and drawings made by a draftsman at the RNAS seaplane repair station at Port Victoria, Isle of Grain, in Kent during the Great War.

All of these documents offer an array of fascinating insight into Royal Naval Air Service practices during the Great War. Much of the content on display has never been printed before. This unique treasure trove of visual reference is sure to appeal to all serious First World War historians, students and enthusiasts.

About The Author
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Philip Jarrett is a freelance author, editor, sub-editor and consultant specialising in aviation. In 1971 he became editorial assistant on Aerospace, the Society’s newly-launched newspaper, and he was assistant editor of Aeroplane Monthly magazine from its launch in March 1973 until August 1980, and chief sub-editor and then production editor of Flight International from August 1980 to October 1989. He currently contributes regularly to The Aviation Historian. As well as lecturing in both the UK and abroad, Philip has edited many books and written numerous papers and articles.

REVIEWS
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"...rare documents readily available to students and historians. To complement them and add some visual interest, a large collection of photographs, many hitherto unpublished, have been added. Whilst some of these relate directly to the aircraft and events mentioned in the documents, many are included to show developments before and after the periods covered....photos are interesting, as are reprints of RNAS Communiqués Nos. 1 to 14, covering operations from 2 July 1917 to 31 January 1918."

- Over the Front

"…a good read and the photographs are well captioned…a good book presenting a lot of rarely seen material which will be of interest to the WWI enthusiast"

- PropSwing

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