Flying Fury Hardcover – 19 Nov 2009
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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.
If you are interested in airwarfare, history or even the thinking process behind great achievers, then this book will captivate you.
For a man who joined the army before the Great War, and then transfered to the RFC in 1914 to be a ground engineer, by 1918 he was a Captain highly decorated and a flight leader with the top scoring 56 squadron. He fought the Red Baron, and was mistakenly claimed as his 16th victim, and spent many hours over the trenches fighting against the famous Jasta 5. I can't recommend this biography highly enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book written as the Major would have spoken.
Stringbags they flew, how and why they did it I can only guess, but thanks to them anyway
Good book about one of Englands great World war 1 heroes who seems to be overshadowed by the achivements of Albert Ball and Mick Mannock.Published on 2 Sept. 2013 by Guy Fleshbourne
An exiting detailed diary of a true war hero. These dedicated five years of James McCudden VC will never be forgotten.Published on 31 July 2013 by Alistair
This book, based on McCudden's diary, is about one of the top British Aces of of World War 1. A tremendous read, it captures the spirit of the age and the mental and physical... Read morePublished on 25 May 2013 by Bruce Marshall
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