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Spad Xii Xiii Aces Of World War 1

SPAD XII XIII Aces of World War 1 PDF

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Author: Jon Guttman
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781841763163
Size: 32.58 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 96
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Book Description: This book details the exploits of the pilots who flew the hugely successful SPAD XIII and the trickier SPAD XII. Built in response to the combat inadequacies of the SPAD VII, the XIII first entered service with the French Aviation Militaire in late 1917. Despite suffering engine unreliability, the XIII enjoyed great success on the Western Front, where it was flown by numerous French, American, Italian and Belgian aces, including Eddie Rickenbacker, leading US ace of World War I. The SPAD XII, meanwhile, was the product of numerous improvements to the SPAD VII model. Entering service in July 1917, the aircraft boasted a single-shot 37 mm Puteaux cannon, which had to be hand-reloaded in flight! Tricky to fly, the XII was only issued to experienced pilots, and was flown briefly by a number of aces.


Over The Front

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Size: 58.35 MB
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Category : World War, 1914-1918
Languages : en
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Reconnaissance And Bomber Aces Of World War 1

Reconnaissance and Bomber Aces of World War 1 PDF

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Author: Jon Guttman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782008020
Size: 27.52 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 96
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Book Description: Often overshadowed by the fighters that either protected or threatened them, two-seater reconnaissance aircraft performed the oldest and most strategically vital aerial task of World War 1 a task that required them to return with the intelligence they gathered at all costs. Bomber sorties were equally important and dangerous, and the very nature of both types of mission required going in harm's way. A remarkable number of British, French and German two-seater teams managed to attain or exceed the five victories needed to achieve the acedom popularly associated with their single-seat nemeses, and in this book, with rich illustrations and first-hand accounts of the veterans themselves, they receive their long-overdue recognition. Many high-scoring single-seat fighter aces also began their careers in two-seaters, particularly in the early stages of the conflict, and their exploits as either pilots or observers are detailed here too.


Terror Of The Autumn Skies

Terror of the Autumn Skies PDF

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Author: Blaine Pardoe
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1628733209
Size: 61.65 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 320
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Book Description: Frank Luke, Jr., was an unlikely pilot. In the Great War, when fliers were still "knights of the air," Luke was an ungallant loner, a kid from Arizona who collected tarantulas, shot buzzards, and boxed miners. But during two torrid weeks in September 1918, he was the deadliest man on the Western Front. In only ten missions, he destroyed fourteen heavily-defended German balloons and four airplanes, a rampage unequaled even by the dreaded von Richtofen, and the second highest American tally of the entire war. Cocksure and constantly reprimanded, Luke was actually under arrest on the day of his final flight, but he stole a plane to join the fatal action that won him the first Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to a pilot. Blaine Pardoe retraces and refreshes Frank Luke's story through recently discovered correspondence. What emerges is a portrait of a life out of an "Old West" that was, by the late Teens, colliding with modernity. Frantic, short, and splendid, the life of Frank Luke, Jr. dramatizes the tragic intervention of an American spirit in the war that devastated Europe.


Groupe De Combat 12 Les Cigognes

Groupe de Combat 12   Les Cigognes  PDF

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Author: Jon Guttman
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781841767536
Size: 31.58 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 128
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Book Description: This book traces the combat history of the most famous and highest-scoring fighter group in France's World War I Aviation Militaire. Groupe de Combat 12 boasted the highest-scoring Allied fighter pilot, René Fonck, and France's most celebrated hero of the air, Georges Guynemer. Its ranks included numerous other famous aces, such as Rene's Dorme, Alfred Heurteaux, Albert Deullin, and American volunteers Edwin Parsons and Frank L. Baylies. Additionally, Guynemer was instrumental in developing France's premier series of fighter planes, the SPAD VII, XII, XIII and XVII.


Fokker D Vii Aces Of World War 1

Fokker D VII Aces of World War 1 PDF

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Author: Norman Franks
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781841765334
Size: 29.40 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 96
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Book Description: Designed in a great rush at the end of 1917 just in time to take part in the German standard fighter competition held in January/February 1918, the D VII easily walked away with first prize. As Germanys premier fighter unit, von Richthofens JG I (led by Hermann Göring in the wake of the 'Red Baron's' recent death) received the first examples of the D VII to reach the frontline in late April. Built to oppose the new generation of French SPAD XIIIs and British SE 5as and Camel fighters, the D VII was arguably the best all-round fighting scout of the Great War.


World War I The Definitive Encyclopedia And Document Collection 5 Volumes

World War I  The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection  5 volumes  PDF

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Author: Spencer C. Tucker
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851099654
Size: 64.81 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 2307
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Book Description: Offering exhaustive coverage, detailed analyses, and the latest historical interpretations of events, this expansive, five-volume encyclopedia is the most comprehensive and detailed reference source on the First World War available today. • Provides comprehensive coverage of the causes of the war that allows readers to fully understand the complex origins of such a monumental conflict • Supplies detailed analyses and explanations of the events before, during, and after World War I, such as how the results of the war set the stage for the global Great Depression of the 1930s, as well as detailed biographical data on key military and civilian individuals during World War I • Includes a chronologically organized document volume that enables students to examine the sources of historical information firsthand • Covers all key battles, land and sea, and their impacts, as well as the critical technological developments that affected the war's outcomes


Usas 1st Pursuit Group

USAS 1st Pursuit Group PDF

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Author: Jon Guttman
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781846033094
Size: 60.10 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 128
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Book Description: The 1st Pursuit Group claimed more enemy kills than any other Group in the United States Air Service in World War I, partly thanks to 'ace of aces', Eddie Rickenbacker, and balloon-busting ace, Frank Luke, both of whom also earned the Medal of Honor. Starting operations in March 1918, the Group initially flew Nieuport 28s, now rejected by the French, and quickly showed its quality. Douglas Campbell was the first American-trained pilot in the USAS to make a kill and soon afterwards became the Service's first ace. Expanded by the arrival of additional squadrons, the Group went to war in earnest over Ch_teau Thierry in July, suffering heavy losses against experienced German pilots and better airplanes. Re-equipped with the superior Spad XIII, the now battle-seasoned Group achieved its full potential over St. Mihiel and the Argonne. This is the story of the Group that produced some of America's first fighter aces and its rapid evolution over a few months as a deadly rival to opposing German units with years of combat experience behind them. Its publication marks the 90th anniversary of 1st Pursuit Group's distinguished contribution to Allied victory.


Spa124 Lafayette Escadrille

SPA124 Lafayette Escadrille PDF

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Author: Jon Guttman
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781841767529
Size: 57.71 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 128
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Book Description: This book tells the story of one of World War I's most famous squadrons, Spa. 124 - the only French squadron made up entirely of American volunteers (save for the commander and executive officer.) Organised in April 1916, the group was successively dubbed the Escadrille Americaine, Escadrille des Volontaires and finally the Escadrille Lafayette. Its achievements were modest, but it included several colourful characters who captured the public imagination and played a major role in gaining American sympathy for the Allied cause. When the United States finally entered the war, many Lafayette veterans helped prepare US Army Air Service and Navy pilots for combat, although a few chose to stay on with the French.


First World War In The Air 5 Minute History

First World War in the Air  5 Minute History PDF

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Author: Norman Ferguson
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750956925
Size: 74.56 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 128
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Book Description: How much can you really find out about the War in the Air during the First World War in five minutes? This handy little history book will surpass all your expectations and leave you well versed on all you wish to know, and maybe even a little bit more... Who was the highest-scoring ace? Which plane looked like a dog begging? What was the Black Flight? How many died in the first Blitz? What was the Fokker Scourge? Jam-packed with facts, stats and first-hand accounts of the action, all woven together in an accessible way by an expert in the field, this 5 Minute History is a valuable addition to anyone’s bookshelf, ready to be delved into at a moment’s notice.


The British National Bibliography

The British National Bibliography PDF

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Author: Arthur James Wells
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Size: 49.43 MB
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Category : Bibliography, National
Languages : en
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Aviation News

Aviation News PDF

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Size: 30.41 MB
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Category : Aeronautics
Languages : en
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