I searched for WWI flying stories and got a fantastic collection in this book. I read it and re-read it. The first hand stories are written in such detail and from the heart and mind of the men doing the flying and the dying. Many of the stories are from men who died in battle- some the very day they wrote their last letters. You can feel their fatigue, sadness, fear, dispair sometimes, and their brave "chin up" attitude no matter how desperate they are. this is one of the very best books you will ever read about WW1 flying. I would love to read teh same type from the French and the German and American flyers. But, the Brits have such a flair for words- "Jolly well...." and, "Good heavens!" and "Served the blighter right..." phrases just make the British mind set jump right off the pages.