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The air VCs

by Peter G. Cooksley

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0750922729, Paperback)

Of more than 600 Victoria Crosses awarded to British and Empire servicemen during World War I, 19 were awarded to airmen of the newly-formed Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Of these, four were posthumous awards and all but one of the total were to officers. Some of these valorous airmen were from humble backgrounds and with limited education, others were collegiate men from wealthy families, but in the words of one senior officer they all had in common "the guts of a lion". This text provides insights into the lives of these bravest of the brave, and of the circumstances in which they won their country's highest award for valour.

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Of more than 600 Victoria Crosses awarded to British and Empire servicemen during the First World War, nineteen were awarded to airmen of the newly formed Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Of these, four were posthumous awards and all but one of the total were to officers. Some of these valorous airmen were from humble backgrounds and with limited education, others were collegiate men from wealthy families, but in the words of one senior officer they all had in common 'the guts of a lion'. The aircraft they flew were as varied as their individual character and social background, ranging from the BE2 and Morane 'L', to the SE5 and Nieuport Scout. The Air VCs continues the established style of Sutton Publishing's successful 'VCs of the First World War' series and provides fascinating insights into the lives of these bravest of the brave, and of the circumstances in which they won their country's highest award for valour.… (more)

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