SE 5/5a Aces of World War I

SE 5/5a Aces of World War I

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by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey
     
 

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The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5/5a was, along with the Sopwith Camel, the major British fighting scout of the last 18 months of the war in France. It equipped several major squadrons, the first being No 56 Sqn in April 1917. This unit became famous for the number of aces it had among its pilots, including Albert Ball, James McCudden, Geoffrey Bowman, Richard

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The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5/5a was, along with the Sopwith Camel, the major British fighting scout of the last 18 months of the war in France. It equipped several major squadrons, the first being No 56 Sqn in April 1917. This unit became famous for the number of aces it had among its pilots, including Albert Ball, James McCudden, Geoffrey Bowman, Richard Maybery, Leonard Barlow, Hank Burden and Cyril Crowe. In all, 26 aces flew the aircraft with No 56 Sqn alone. A number of Victoria Cross winners also flew SE 5/5as, namely Ball, Mannock, McCudden, Beauchamp Proctor and Bishop. Among the aces, no fewer than 20 scored more than 20 victories. In all, there were almost 100 SE 5/5a aces, and a large number of them are profiled in this volume. Supporting the text are more than 110 photographs, 37 brand new colour artworks and detailed appendices listing every pilot who 'made ace' on the SE 5/5a.

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"Clear concise information on the men and units that were equipped with the Se 5 & 5a aircraft... If you have any interest in the title or subject it is a very worthwhile investment." -Steven Lawson, AeroScale (December 2007)

"...a thrilling insight into the dangerous dogfights and fearless actions of the pilots who flew the SE 5/5a, bringing to life the deadly exploits of these 'knights of the air' as they dueled for dominance over the Western Front." -Aerodrome

"...a very detailed account of the SE 5/5a, and its aces, from the plane's introduction to the Great War in the Spring of 1917 to the end of the conflict. [The book] has detailed, first-hand accounts and combat reports, which brings fantastic insight into the dangerous dogfights and fearless actions of the pilots who flew the SE 5/5a."
- Aerodrome (Spring 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472802118
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Series:
Aircraft of the Aces , #78
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,246,397
File size:
18 MB
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Meet the Author

Norman Franks is one of the world's leading authorities on World War I fighter aviation, having published some of the seminal works on the subject. He is currently working on a long list of volumes on Great War aces for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series. The author lives in East Sussez, UK.

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