Thanks to a broken leg during flight school, Arthur Stanley Gould Lee gained valuable additional time flying trainers before he was posted to France during World War I. In November 1917, during low level bombing and strafing attacks, he was shot down three times by ground fire. He spent eight months at the front and accumulated 222 hours of flight time in Sopwith Pups and Camels during a staggering 118 patrols - being engaged in combat 56 times. He lived to retire from the RAF as an air vice-marshal in 1946. Author of three books, this is by far his best. Lee puts you in the cockpit in a riveting account of life as a fighter pilot at the front. At times humorous and dramatic, this thoughtful, enlightening, true account is a classic to be ranked with Winged Victory by W. V. Yeates, also published by Grub Street. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044364/bk_acx0_044364_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! No. 213 Squadron was a squadron of the Royal Air Force. The squadron was formed on 1 April 1918 from No. 13 (Naval) Squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service. This RNAS squadron was itself formed on 15 January 1918 from the Seaplane Defence Flight which, since its creation in June 1917, had had the task of defending the seaplanes which flew out of Dunkirk. During World War I 213 Squadron flew Sopwith Baby floatplanes and transitioned to Sopwith Camels. It was during this time that the squadron derived its Hornet insignia and motto for the squadron badge, after overhearing a Belgian General refer to the squadron's defence of his trenches, "Like angry hornets attacking the enemy aircraft".
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron of the Royal Air Force is no longer operational. For most of its history it served as a heavy bomber squadron. 44 Squadron was formed on 24 July 1917 as a Home Defence Corps. The squadron pioneered the use of the Sopwith Camel in night fighter operations. By the end of the First World War it was commanded by Arthur Harris, later known as Bomber Harris. Disbanded in 1919, the squadron was reformed as a bomber squadron in March 1937 and equipped with Hawker Hinds. Moving to RAF Waddington later that year, it was equipped with Bristol Blenheims before changing to Handley Page Hampdens. During the war the squadron was subsequently based at RAF Dunholme Lodge, near Dunholme, then RAF Spilsby at Great Steeping in Lincolnshire.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! No. 112 Squadron was a squadron of the Royal Air Force. It served in both the First World War and Second World War and was active for three periods during the Cold War. It is nicknamed "The Shark Squadron", an allusion to the fact that it was the first unit from any air force to use the famous "shark mouth" logo on Curtiss P-40s. The squadron was formed as No. 112 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps on 30 July, 1917 at Throwley Aerodrome, Kent, England for air defence duties protecting the London area. It was equipped initially with Sopwith Pups and received Sopwith Camels in 1918. One of its first commanding officers was Major Quintin Brand (who would become a group commander with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain). Following the end of the war, the squadron was disbanded on 13 June 1919.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! No. 46 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force, formed in 1916, was disbanded and re-formed three times before its last disbandment in 1975. It served in both World War I and World War II. No. 46 Squadron was formed at the RAF Wyton base on 19 April 1916 from a nucleus trained in the No. 2 Reserve Squadron, it moved to France in October of that year equipped with Nieuport two-seater aircraft. The squadron in Arras, France, 1917. The squadron undertook artillery co-operation, photography, and reconnaissance operations until May 1917, when it took on a more offensive role after rearming with the Sopwith Pup. The change from a corps to a fighter squadron came at a moment when Allied air superiority was being seriously challenged by Germany, in particular through the introduction of the "circuses" formed and led by Manfred von Richthofen.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! No. 70 Squadron (also known as No. LXX Squadron) of the Royal Air Force operates the Lockeed Hercules from RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire. The squadron was formed on April 22, 1916 at Farnborough, and was equipped with the Sopwith 1 Strutter. The squadron was posted to France, and in 1917 re-equipped with Sopwith Camels. The squadron briefly disbanded in January 1920, reforming nine days later at Heliopolis, Egypt via the renumbering of No. 58 Squadron. The squadron was equipped with the Vickers Vimy bomber.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. 45 Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Air Force.Formed during WWI at Gosport on 1 March 1916 as Number 45 Squadron, the unit was first equipped with Sopwith 1 Strutters which it was to fly in the Scout role. Deployed to France in October of that year, the Squadron found itself suffering heavy losses due to the quality of its aircraft. This did not change until it transitioned to the Sopwith Camel in mid-1917. Transferred to the Austro-Italian front at the end of 1917, 45 Squadron there engaged in ground attack and offensive patrols until September 1918 when it returned to France. Assigned to the Independent Air Force, 45 Squadron provided long range bomber escort till the end of the war.
Cecil Arthur Lewis MC 29 March 1898 27 January 1997 was a British fighter pilot who flew in World War I. He went on to co-found the BBC and enjoy a long career as a writer. Author of the aviation classic Sagittarius Rising inspiration for the movie Aces High, Lewis joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, after lying about his age. In 1916, he flew the Morane Parasol in combat with Number 3 Squadron and was awarded the Military Cross for his actions during the Battle of the Somme. Flying the S.E.5a with 56 Squadron, he was credited with eight victories during May and June 1917. Back in England, Lewis served with 44 and 61 Squadrons on Home Defence before returning to France in late 1918 with 152 night-fighter Squadron, flying the Sopwith Camel.After World War I ended, Lewis was hired by the Vickers company to teach the Chinese how to fly and to establish a Peking-Shanghai air service using converted Vickers Vimy bombers. It was in Peking that Lewis married Doushka Horvath 1902-2005, the daughter of a Russian general. Lewis returned to England when the air service project was abandoned by Vickers after a couple of years.