Naval Aces of World War 1 Part I

Overview

Though understandably overshadowed by their army colleagues, naval aviators played a significant role in World War 1, including some noteworthy contributions of fighter aviation. At a time when the Royal Flying Corps was struggling to match the 'Fokker Scourge' of 1915-16, the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was first to use Sopwith's excellent line of scouts, such as the Pup, Triplane and Camel. Some RNAS pilots such as Raymond Collishaw, Robert A Little and Roderick Stanley Dallas rated among the most successful...
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Overview

Though understandably overshadowed by their army colleagues, naval aviators played a significant role in World War 1, including some noteworthy contributions of fighter aviation. At a time when the Royal Flying Corps was struggling to match the 'Fokker Scourge' of 1915-16, the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was first to use Sopwith's excellent line of scouts, such as the Pup, Triplane and Camel. Some RNAS pilots such as Raymond Collishaw, Robert A Little and Roderick Stanley Dallas rated among the most successful in the British Commonwealth. Their ranks also included David Ingalls, the only US Navy pilot to 'make ace' with eight victories in Camels while with No 213 Sqn RAF. The Germans, too, formed Marine Feld Jagdstaffeln to defend the northern coast of Flanders, and also produced a number of aces, led by Gotthard Sachsenberg and Theo Osterkamp. Besides these land fighters, the Germans produced at least two floatplane aces. Unique to World War 1 was the use of flying boats as fighters in combat, pioneered by Russians like Aleksandr de Seversky and Austria's Gottfried Banfield. The best flying boat fighter, however, was Italy's Macchi M.5, which produced two or three aces, and was also the mount of Charles H Hammann, the first American to earn the Medal of Honor in aerial combat.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Authoritative research and good presentation and an excellent selection of profiles brings this story of the Great War in the air to life. I highly recommend this book." 
--Frederick Boucher, AeroScale

"The book is well recommended for modelers, aviation historians and people who enjoy combat stories. It is a great addition to the “Aces” series and I am looking forward to Part II."
--Clare Wentzel, IMPS

"Part 1 mainly focuses on Britiain's Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), while Part 2 covers the remainder, including Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, Italy and Greece ... These new additions to the "Aircraft of the Aces" series will offer enthusiasts and modelers a wide range of types and markings for future projects, Having watched Osprey's growing list of such works for more than 16 years, I can say that these two books are packed with the most fascinating details I have yet seen."
--Peter B. Mersky, Aviation History (November 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849083454
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Series: Aircraft of the Aces Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,427,897
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A resident of Leesburg, Virginia, Jon Guttman is research director and contributing writer for Weider History Publications. Specialising in World War 1 aviation, he has written 19 titles in the past, including Spad VII Aces of WW1, Spad XII/XIII Aces of WW1, Balloon Buster Aces of World War 1, Bristol Fighter Aces of World War 1 and Pusher Aces of World War 1 in the Osprey Aces series; Spa.124 Lafayette Escadrille, Groupe de Combat 12 'Les Cigognes' and 1st Pursuit Group, USAS in the Aviation Elite Units series; and Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I 1917-18, SPAD XIII vs Fokker D VII 1917-18 and SE 5/5A vs Albatros D V 1917-18 in Osprey's Duel series.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Senior Service Takes Wing 6

Chapter 2 Sensible Sopwiths 16

Chapter 3 The Triplane Trend 25

Chapter 4 Focus on Flanders 42

Chapter 5 Camels Versus All Comers 63

Chapter 6 Seaplane Defence and Bomber Aces 75

Chapter 7 Attack and Amalgamation 82

Appendices 88

Colour Plates Commentary 90

Bibliography 94

Index 95

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