Canada's Fighting Pilots by Edmund Cosgrove

By Edmund Cosgrove

First released within the Nineteen Sixties and lengthy out of print, Edmund Cosgrove recounts the lives of Canada's awesome pilots and their exploits within the global wars. From the intense individualists who flew within the First global struggle to the cruel and devoted bomber crews of the second one, this is often the tale of Canadian airmen and their impressive contribution to the conflict attempt. a vital booklet for any aviation and heritage fanatic, the perfectly readable unique textual content that made this publication a vintage in its day is now supplemented with new and unpublished photos.

Gathered jointly listed here are the tales of a few of Canada's so much celebrated pilots; William "Billy" Bishop, whose bold, solo sunrise raid on a German airfield received him the Victoria pass; William Barker, who fought single-handedly a whole squadron of enemy plane; George "Buzz" Beurling, the ace of Malta who accomplished a extraordinary ranking of victories battling from an island less than siege; and Andrew Mynarski, whose makes an attempt to save lots of the lifetime of a trapped comrade, excessive over Germany, finally price him his personal. this can be their unforgettable story.

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It is perhaps a little known fact today, but World War I’s famed ace Baron Manfred von Richtofen “the Red Baron” scored most of his victories attacking slower, less heavily armed two seat aircraft, usually from behind. This book is first and foremost the chronicle of the pilots who fought for Canada and the Commonwealth. Cosgrove ably tells the tale of their exploits, and their heroism. For this reason alone, this book is an important part of the story of Canadian history in general, and military history in particular.

It was Bill Barker’s first victory, and the pilots of No. 9 Squadron looked on the newly arrived gravel cruncher, their term for an infantryman, with new respect. Barker, a native of Dauphin, Manitoba, had transferred to the Royal Flying Corps from the cavalry after it had bogged down in the mud of Flanders. He was twenty-one years old. It was typical of his personality that he had originally chosen the cavalry, a branch of the service committed, at least in theory, to the role of an attack force.

The more sophisticated aircraft of World War II, while somewhat less susceptible to engine vibration, still required considerable effort to move their non-hydraulically assisted controls, especially at high’ speeds. Even mundane items such as diet played a role in air combat. Wartime rationing in Britain during World War II lead to reliance upon such vegetables as cabbage and Brussels sprouts as a supplement to aircrew meals. Bomber crews, forced to spend hours at altitude, found the cabbage produced excessive gas in the intestinal tract, leading to severe cramping.

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