THE FLEDGLING : An Aerial Gunner in World War 1.

Whitehouse, Arch

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New York 1964, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, US First hard bound edition in dj, 6x9, VG /VG condition, ( DJ reinforced with clear tape but no damage, & previous owners initials on front free end paper ), 307 pages, For the intrepid pilots who won their wings in World War 1, flying was a personal and perilous business, but they wouldn't have done anything else.-------------------------------------------------------------------Arch Whitehouse, who is widely known as an aviation historian, here returns. to his own flying days, when, as the title so aptly says, he was a fledgling boy who.went off to war in his teens and ended up with high honors in the Royal Flying Corps.British-born but raised in New Jersey, Whitehouse left home in 1914 to help fight the war. He did it the hard way, via a cattle boat and later a grubby, flea-bitten turn in the Northamptonshire Yeomanry. But the day came, the day he had dreamed about for long, dreary months: he was in the Royal Flying Corps. That first afternoon he watched a little blue and silver plane stunting aloft . . . .-----------------------------------------------------------------------"The silver gadfly above wheeled into a new series of dancing movements as if to assure me that all was well . . . .Seconds later, the plane started to dive again, but now it had no wings! Propelled by a blind fear and a need to do something, the "fledgling" staggered across the field to the wreckage and was tugging at the fur coat of the trapped pilot when a squadron officer yanked him away and the crushed plane exploded. Thus was Arch Whitehouse initiated into the Royal Flying Corps and into the high adventure that was World War I in the air.In this fiftieth anniversary year of the "last of the personal wars," Arch White , house contributes a touching, exciting, and informative memoir that ranks with the best of Rickenbacker, Floyd Gibbons, and the rest of the select company who pioneered the air age. Bookseller Inventory #

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Published by Nicholas Vane., London. (1965)
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Book Description Nicholas Vane., London., 1965. Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: FINE. 15 b/w Photographic Illusts. (illustrator). First Edition.. The author was an air gunner in FE2b's and Bristol Fighters,and later trained as a pilot on the Sopwith Pup and Camel. Size: 307pp.Demy.8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 002869

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