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World War One Aircraft Carrier Pioneer: The Story and Diaries of Captain JM McCleery RNAS/RAF Hardcover – Illustrated, 17 Feb 2011
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About the Author
Guy Warner has been given access to McCleery s wartime dairy, his letters home, other memorabilia and three remarkable albums with hundreds of photos taken by Jack and others of the events described above. His intention is to edit Jack s diary and letters, to provide an introduction and conclusion and to annotate the text with explanatory details of important events, people, places, ships and aircraft. Jack McCleery s son, John, is fully supportive of the proposal. Guy has just written a series of historical articles for the Fleet Air Arm in connection with FlyNavy 100, has previously written about naval aviation history in his books on 230 Squadron (which began life as a RNAS unit) and on RNAS Airships in WW1.
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However, while the Germans and what is going on on the Western Front is mentioned in passing and Zeppelins and mines are write large I can't recall any actually fighting beyond getting shot ant once or twice that Jack gets involved in. Basically this is a record of what I suspect was the lot of many large ship men both before and after Jutland (give or take the odd scrap the battle cruisers got involved in) and it's pretty boring!
In fairness Mr Warner does his best to position events and the numerous B&W (mostly good quality) photos are a welcome addition but there is no getting away from it that diary entry after diary entry stating 'no flying because of the weather' does not a page turner make. I did persevere, I though Jack deserved that, but boy did I find a lot of it tedious I'm sorry to say.
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