Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAFby Norman Franks, Andy Saunders
Arguably the highest scoring R.A.F. fighter pilot of the First World War, Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock’s life, and most particularly his death, are still shrouded in mystery. Did he achieve as many victories as are sometimes ascribed to him? How did he die? Where did he die, and more pertinently, where do his remains now lie?
Respected investigative historians Norman Franks and Andy Saunders have assessed all the evidence and cut through the speculation to build up a complete picture of the man and his achievements as a fighter pilot. Having unearthed much new and enlightening information, they present herein, perhaps the first truly balanced overview of his life.
Vitally, they now also reveal exactly where Mannock VC fell in battle ninety years ago, and have now begun a quest to persuade the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to accept their findings, published here for the first time, along with numerous original photographs.
"…provides a detailed analysis of Mannock's combat record…addresses lingering aspects of Mannock's legend. ..is bound to stand as the definitive reference for years to come. Five Stars."
“…packs much information on the ace, his squadron mates, the myths surrounding his aerial career, and for the first time, where his remains likely lie…insights into character and motive based on contemporary sources. Supplemented by over seventy photographs, this aviation biography belongs on every bookshelf.”
Past in Review Weekly, 12/2009
“…precisely what WWI aviation enthusiasts want in a book… brief, to the point, fun to read, and well illustrated….Everything about “Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock, VC, DSO, MC, RAF” reeks of excellence”.Indy Squadron Dispatch, Volume 23, Number 6, July 25, 2011
"detailed and fact filled...unique resource to those deeply interested in the pilots of the First World War...well researched and documented.."
...provides a detailed analysis of Mannock's combat record...addresses lingering aspects of Mannock's legend. ..is bound to stand as the definitive reference for years to come. Five Stars.
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Meet the Author
Norman Leslie Robert Franks is an English writer who specializes in aviation books on the pilots and squadrons of World Wars I and II.
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