Wind in the Wires and An Escaper’s Log

A British Pilot’s Classic Memoir of Aerial Combat, Captivity and Escape during the Great War

Duncan Grinnell-Milne

* Classic memoir of a Great War fighter pilot and prisoner of war

* Graphic depictions of dogfights, bombing raids, attacks on observation balloons

* Insight into the fear and exhilaration of aerial combat

* A sensitive portrait of squadron life, of fellow pilots and senior officers

* Full story of the author's life in German prisoner-of-war ca
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 illustrations
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Duncan Grinnell-Milne was one of that select band of young men who made history in the air between 1915 and 1918 when they learned to fly in machines that resembled box-kites and laid the foundations of aerial combat which future generations would follow. He became a flying ace, with six confirmed aerial victories, and he spent two years as a prisoner of war before escaping from German captivity to fly and fight again. He took part in the great aerial offensive of 1918 which contributed to the winning of the war. The two books he wrote about the war in the air, his capture and escape are among the most exciting accounts by a pilot of the Royal Flying Corps – they are classics of their kind.


‘We have no hesitation in ranking it with the very best of the war books.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Wind in the Wires is a war book in class by itself…. From beginning to end the book a lure to read…outstanding.’ Flight

‘An addition to the number of books about flying needs more excuse than the mere subject of air fighting. This book is excused by the charm of the author’s style, by his judgment in pruning his story, and by the interest which his own personality arouses.’ Manchester Guardian

‘The most interesting and attractive quality of the book is the fact that it gives a graphic account of the fledgling days of wartime flying. When the time comes for the great writer of the future to compose a comprehensive narrative of the war, this is one of the books that will help him acquire a true perspective.’ Nottingham Guardian

About The Author

Captain Duncan Grinnell-Milne MC, DFC & Bar (1896-1973) was born in London and educated at Cheam School and the University of Freiburg where he became fluent in German. He was commissioned into the infantry in 1914 but later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. After the First World War he served with the Royal Air Force in the Middle East and as a test-pilot at Farnborough before being appointed an air attaché in Paris. When he retired from the air force in 1926 he worked as an art dealer in New York, as an author and as a broadcaster for the BBC. In 1939 he was recalled by the RAF and served through 1940 and 1941, including a period as General de Gaulle’s liaison officer, before rejoining the BBC. In later life he settled in London and became a professional writer.

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