Air Aces of the 1914-1918 War - Bruce RobertsonLetchworth: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1959, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several nicks, a little wrinkled overall. Boards sprung, with a notable lean to the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; 2-column text; Appendix;
From the cover: “This book is divided into eight sections, each of which is copiously illustrated with not only many pictures of aces but of the aircraft in which they fought. These sections are: British, French, American, Italian, Belgian, Russian, German and Austro-Hungarian. Each section is divided into parts to give not only biographies of the aces, but the military background to their particular air service. In addition there are appendices listing aces by scores, with various remarks such as unit in which served or machine flown, etc. There are also tables of fighter aircraft production data, identification markings, unit deployments, etc., as well as lists with accompanying details to include every airman of the 1914-1918 War who was awarded the British V.C.; the German Ordre pour le Merite, or the American Congressional Medal of Honor. There are 135 individual biographies, and over 1,500 airmen named!
There is no greater authority on British aeronautical history of the 1914-1918 War than J. M. Bruce, M.A., author of British Aeroplanes 1914-1918 and of the ‘Historic Military Aircraft’ series in Flight magazine. He tells not only of the well-known British aces, such as Mannock, McCudden and Ball, but of those high-scoring yet little-known aces, McCall, Fullard, McLaren, Hazell, etc.
Readers of Air Pictorial magazine will remember well the excellent articles on French and Italian aircraft of the 1914-1918 War by D. A. S. McKay, D.F.M., who is himself an ace. The author now records the deeds of the men who flew the Nieuports, Spads, Hanriots, Ansaldos, etc. He writes at length of Fonck, the Allied ace of aces; of the frail and ailing Guynemer who became a French national hero; of Nungesser who flew a machine with macabre marking; of Baracca, the leading ace of Italy, and of many others.”