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On A Wing and A Prayer

By: Joshua Levine (940/35929)
Publisher: Harper Collins ISBN: 9780007271054

The men who joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914 were the original heroes of flying, treading into unknown territory and paving the way for later aerial combat. Joshua Levine has uncovered a wealth of previously unknown stories told by these men, covering the perils of the early days, the thrills of learning to fly, and the horrors of war in the air at a time when pilots carried little defensive armament and no parachutes. 2008 marks the ninety years since the birth of the Royal Air Force, and the text is a fitting tribute to mark that anniversary.

The griping, moving, and poignant personal narratives reveal the feeling of the men who defended the trenches from above and witnessed the war from a completely different perspective. They tell their story, in their own words, for the first time.

August 2008

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