Winged Victory

Winged Victory

by V. M. Yeates


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Winged Victory by V. M. Yeates

There is no bitter snarl nor self-pity in this classic novel about the air war of 1914-1918, based very largely on the author's experiences. Combat, loneliness, fatigue, fear, comradeship, women, excitement - all are built into a vigorous and authentic structure by one of the most valiant pilots of the then Royal Flying Corps.

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ISBN-13: 9781904010654
Publisher: Grub Street
Publication date: 05/19/2004
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 575,013
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Yeates was born at Dulwich, and educated at Colfe's School where according to Henry Williamson he used to read Keats under the desk during Maths, explored woods, fields and ponds and kept a tame tawny owl/ Yeates joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps in 1916 and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force) in May 1917. Serving with No. 46 Squadron, to which he was posted in February 1918, he flew 248 hours in Sopwith Camels, crashed four times, was shot down twice and scored five victories thereby achieving "ace" status. After the war, he died of tuberculosis in Fairlight Sanatorium at Hastings in 1934. He was survived by his wife Norah Phelps Yeates (née Richards) and his four children Mary, Joy Elinor (later married hristopher David Vowles), Guy Maslin (later married Binnie Yeates) and Rosalind (later married Edward Cullinan); all of whom had lived with Yeates in a small house in Kent on the Sidcup by-pass of the Dover Road.

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Winged Victory 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My granpa was a survivor of the trenches, my father of the jungles of Burma. I survived the air in Vietnam and other places for 21 years service. I remember the vacant looks and my own sleepless nights. This book is a must for anyone wanting to know what the real cost of war is. The shattered lives, the empty chairs the names you cannot quite remember but their manner of death you can. This is as real as it gets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A roman a clef about a young English pilot on the front during World War I. This book is both very sad and most fascinating. The stories about young, basically untrained pilots learning to fly and fight as they go are priceless. The author survived the war and lived just long enough to write it before succumbing to tuberculosis.