View Full Version : OT - very, very, very good book on war flying.

01-12-2007, 01:54 PM
Just finished Winged Victory by V.M.Yeates. A novel based on his recollections of being a Camel pilot in WWI. Absolutely superb. First published in the UK in 1934 and reprinted once in 1969 (Sphere paperbacks). The first edition sold under a thousand copies but at the beginning of WWII a new generation of RAF pilots were paying 5.00 for a copy - 'the only book about war flying which wasn't flannel'. The New York Saturday Review of Literature declared it 'one of the great books of our time' when first published.

From the frontispiece: V.M.Yeates died aged 37 on the 15th of December 1934 of tuberculosis due to war strain, technically known as Flying Sickness D. His log book totalled 248 flying hours in Sopwith Camels on the western Front. He crashed four times and was shot down twice.

If you can get hold of a copy of this book you must read it. I have read many books written by fighter pilots and this is simply the most complete account I have come across.

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Stacked against the railway line were a further 39 wrecked aircraft, most of them Messerschmitts.
These, which the Germans had had time to move, were the result of the 'weather blitz'
Daba Landing Fields, North Africa, November 1942.

01-12-2007, 04:22 PM

I have read many books written by fighter pilots and this is simply the most complete account I have come across.
You are right.
Same here.
An awesome read.

Edit: Oh, and me thinks definately NOT OT - !<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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01-12-2007, 04:36 PM
I am not generally a fan of historical novels but if you want to get into the heart of the Royal Flying Corps this is the one to read. The author was there so he knows what he is talking about. I am not sure what an original 1930s copy would fetch but I have a 1960s edition that I treasure. T. E. Lawrence was amongst his fans, a man who knew something about fear and good writing.

Pip pip


01-12-2007, 04:38 PM
I might add Goshawk Squadron as another good read.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


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01-12-2007, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the tip. Gotta find it somewheres. S!<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


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