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clipper2
01-19-2008, 04:04 AM
At the moment I'm reading "Winged Victory" by V M Keats.I picked it up in a secondhand book shop about thirty years ago and this is about the fourth time that I have read it over the years. It was brilliantly written by a young guy who was a highly experianced Camel pilot in the First world War, and published in 1934, with subsequent publications since then. It's a novel about the pilots of a Camel squadron, but it's based on his own experiences and day to day existence. Unfortunatly the same year it was published, he died of tuberculosis, or Flying Sickness D as it was technically called, and considering that he was struggling with such a debilitating illness all the time he was writing it, it was still declared as one of the great books of our time by the New York Saturday Review of Literature, when it was published. I think it's out of print at the moment, but I looked it up on Amazon and saw they have a few copies for sale. If you're looking for a good read I recommend it. The dogfight descriptions and general flying descriptions are fantastic. Apparently his logbook showed 248 flying hours in Sopwith Camels, he'd crashed four times, and been shot down twice. Anyway for what it's worth, I thought I'd mention it here on the forum. Cheers.

clipper2
01-19-2008, 04:04 AM
At the moment I'm reading "Winged Victory" by V M Keats.I picked it up in a secondhand book shop about thirty years ago and this is about the fourth time that I have read it over the years. It was brilliantly written by a young guy who was a highly experianced Camel pilot in the First world War, and published in 1934, with subsequent publications since then. It's a novel about the pilots of a Camel squadron, but it's based on his own experiences and day to day existence. Unfortunatly the same year it was published, he died of tuberculosis, or Flying Sickness D as it was technically called, and considering that he was struggling with such a debilitating illness all the time he was writing it, it was still declared as one of the great books of our time by the New York Saturday Review of Literature, when it was published. I think it's out of print at the moment, but I looked it up on Amazon and saw they have a few copies for sale. If you're looking for a good read I recommend it. The dogfight descriptions and general flying descriptions are fantastic. Apparently his logbook showed 248 flying hours in Sopwith Camels, he'd crashed four times, and been shot down twice. Anyway for what it's worth, I thought I'd mention it here on the forum. Cheers.

FoolTrottel
01-19-2008, 04:35 AM
Indeed, Very good book!
(The best of the kind / on that subject, in my opinion... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif)

x6BL_Brando
01-19-2008, 05:17 AM
Thanks for that lead, Clipper http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

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Here's another. (http://www.byrdaviationbooks.com/ww1_pg14.htm)

That's Byrd Aviation Books, located in Williamsburg, Va.

clipper2
01-19-2008, 05:54 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by x6BL_Brando:
Thanks for that lead, Clipper http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
You're welcome Brando, and thanks for your lead to Byrd aviation books. With the recent publication I see they've used an illustration of an SE5 for some reason, instead of a Camel on the cover, which seems odd to me. The version I have which was published in 1975 features a Camel and a Fokker D7 on the cover. Nitpicking I know, but let's get it right.
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Here's another. (http://www.byrdaviationbooks.com/ww1_pg14.htm)

That's Byrd Aviation Books, located in Williamsburg, Va. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>