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Flying Fury: Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps (Greenhill Military Paperback) Paperback – 30 Sep 2000
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James McCudden was a veteran and author. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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As companion books try reading "Open Cockpit" by Lee Cough.
The personal story rather than the broad canvas of the air war.
This book was written by McCudden, one of my favorite air aces, and it's interesting to read his thought and his history from an air mechanic to Major in the RFC, and awarded the VC. When you read you must bear in mind when it was written and why it was written, just like Guy Gibson's book Enemy Coast Ahead (WW2) it's aimed at a war time audience.
Even so I would recommend both books, a rare chance to actually hear the voice of these very brave men.
James McCudden and his comrades were truly remarkable young men. He gives a firsthand account of the air warfare fought, showing even extraordinary respect for the enemies' ability.
From humble beginnings to his rise to become one of the greatest fighter pilots in the Royal Flying Corps, is truly a remarkable and inspiring story. If ever role models were needed today, these young men's lives and heroism should be part of the educational curriculum to inspire and remind us all of their sacrifice.
I absolutely enjoyed reading this fascinating book. And, for anybody with the slightest inquisitiveness about what air warfare was all about during the Great War, this would be the book to read. I highly recommend it.
His exploits with 3 and 29 Sqn show some of the technical difficulties experienced in the air in the early part of the war. However by the time he transfers to the prestigious 56 Sqn flying the new SE5a Scout his increasing personal confidence is reflected in his rapidly mounting score, his engineering background helping him squeeze every last ounce of performance from his aircraft.
McCudden's account is written in a simple, informal and personable style. The author's self effacing manner endears the reader to him and his dedication to his country's service sums up the ethos of his compatriots who in so many cases made the ultimate sacrifice. Many of the RFC's greats are mentioned within these pages including Ball, Mannock and Rhys-Davids not to mention notable protagonists such as von Richtofen and Voss.
There are an interesting selection of black and white photographs and the renowned air historian Norman Franks has included a useful introduction and appendix detailing McCudden's victories.
This book is a true military classic, the narrative seeming to capture the true spirit of this famous aviator and the many worthy attributes of the generation lost so tragically between 1914-18. Such is the calibre of this book I've read it on a number of occasions over the years and I'm sure future readers will do the same. Highly recommended.
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