Grub Street, rep., 2013. Vi + 218 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The author tells of his work as a RFC fighter pilot not only on active service in World War I but also while learning to fly and later while instructing others. Even in combat, pilots of Sopwith Pups or Camels were conscious always that they belonged only to the sky and the clouds. It is the reflection of this awareness which gives Open Cockpit its very special quality as the author takes the reader over the battlefields of the Western Front, just as he took part in a staggering 118 patrols and 56 dog-fights, scoring 7 confirmed victories and raising to the rank of captain.