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Diary and Letters of a World War 1 Fighter Pilot
on 15 June 2010
A remarkable narrative of a member of the Royal Flying Corps, Guy Mainwaring Knocker, a meticulous recorder of experiences over the Western Front and Home Service. Amongst his many episodes of combat, his 'trench strafing' adventures provide a unique insight into low-level flying and attendant dangers and mostly not knowing how effective the attack had been! As a skilled sketch artist, many of his drawings are included and it would be appropriate if his complete works could be compiled and published at a later date. The detail is superb and I found the account an absorbing read, learning so much more about the aerial fighting of the First World War. Highly recommended.
As an aside, the copy of the book I have has a dust jacket illustration which differs from the one appearing on the Amazon site, the main difference being a head and shoulder portrait of the Pilot
over a side elevation of a Sopwith Camel and a Albatros DV. Ken Fergusson