Contact (Alan Bott.).


5th imp., 1917. Xxv + 323 pp. Original brown cloth ; gilt ; 18 x 12cm. Rear hinge cracked ; marks to covers o/w GOOD. Written by a fighting airman, this was one of the first books to be published on aerial warfare. The author truthfully depicts the daily life of the flying officer in France. He hoped that the chapters and letters would suggest a rough impression of work done by RFC pilots and observers in France but basically he deals only with the squadron to which he himself belonged in 1916 – 70 squadron which, at the time of publication in 1917, still held a melancholy record in the number of its losses during August, September and October 1916. The author, flying Sopwiths, describes the squadron’s duties of long reconnaissance, offensive patrols around German air country, occasional escort for bombing craft, and occasional photography but most descriptive of all are his collection of letters from the Somme.

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