Winged Warfare

Winged Warfare❮PDF / Epub❯ ☂ Winged Warfare Author William Avery Bishop – This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact and remains as This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact and remains as true to the original work as possible Therefore you will see the original copyright references library stamps as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world and other notations in the work This work is in the public domain in the United States of America and possibly other nations Within the United States you may freely copy and distribute this work as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the workAs a reproduction of a historical artifact this work may contain missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc Scholars believe and we concur that this work is important enough to be preserved reproduced and made generally available to the public We appreciate your support of the preservation process and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant. This was an enjoyable first hand account from one of the most successful pilots of WWI I enjoyed the stories of his dogfights and his time at the aerodrome I believe the book was written during the war probably with the goal of boosting morale for the Allied public and encouraging war support Bishop was an enthusiastic flier and fighter and his love for the job comes through in his writing He didn’t seem as war weary as writers of similar memoirs perhaps because he was pulled from action before he started suffering from combat fatigue there was concern that if he was killed the effect on Allied morale would have been devastating or perhaps because he wanted to keep things upbeat while the war was still being fought A good read for those interested in WWI aviation This is a fantastic story of the combat career of one of the top Allied fighter aces of the First World War Billy Bishop Bishop had initially served in the Canadian Army before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps RFC in 1915 He first trained as an observer and served in France with No 21 Suadron a photo reconnaissance and artillery spotting unit during 1916 He later retrained as a pilot and returned to France in February 1917 with No 60 Suadron flying the Nieuport 17 fighter Bishop had arrived in France at a time when the life of an RFC pilot at the Front could be measured in but a few weeks The Germans with their Albatros DIII fighter and top units like Jasta 11 commanded by the Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen were taking the measure of the RFC and establishing air supremacy over the Front So much so that by April 1917 the RFC suffered a casualty rate that was 4 times that of the Imperial German Air Service Yet in spite of the hazards he had to face in learning his trade as a fighter pilot Bishop persevered Indeed on one of his patrols over the Front his suadron tangled with the Red Baron's unit Jasta 11 Bishop himself battled with von Richthofen and even managed to put a few holes in his machine It proved to be an inconclusive combat for both men who didn't meet in battle again Later in the war Bishop was given his own command with No 85 Suadron Royal Air Force RAF which flew the SE5A one of the top fighters of the war Within the space of a month May 22 to June 19 1918 Bishop shot down 25 German planes bringing his final victory tally to 72 He finished the war as a Lieutenant Colonel Officer Commanding designate of the Canadian Air Force Section of the General Staff Headuarters Overseas Military Forces of CanadaBishop speaks plainly in 'Winged Warfare' of his combat experiences so much so that the reader will feel himherself a part of the action He also provides the reader with his philosophy of combat flying and tactics that makes the immediacy of the pressures of combat that much tangible A terrific book this The life span of a WWI flyer on average was measured in weeks Bishop flew for the Allies got his 48 kills and went home to Canada He was crazy for flying and fighting often going out on his own while the others in his suadron took their well earned rest from danger Bishop had a young man's disregard for extreme danger and a lust for ariel adventure Bishop also demonstrated a young man's immaturity when he and his flying mates borrowed the animals of a nearby farmer and painted them in the color schemes of the airplanes that surrounded them adopted them as part time pets and occasionally paid the farmer after damaging or killing them It seems that this was mostly done out of boredom as bad weather could put the flyers out of action for days at a time I wouldn't emphasize this if Bishop hadn't spent so many pages writing about it We don't often think about soldiers maintaining a college boy's sense of immature prankery as they turned into killersMilitary buffs might be disappointed by Bishop's lack of details We learn that airplane enginesfailed machine guns jammed all the time and the planes returned to base covered with bullet holes on a regular basis but we don't learn much else about them Bishop's suad is eager to fly new updated machines but we don't even learn what the new planes were It may be the glossing over of details that makes the last part of the book drag a bit but at the same time it is a relief from historians that cling to minor details until the reader falls asleep The men on the muddy murderous battlefields lost their sense of humor early on but the flyers in the cold clean air had a different view No one else it seems came through WWI with their lust for adventure and sense of fun intact and that is what makes this book different from the rest “Lt Colonel William A Bishop” is better known as “Billy Bishop” Canada’s “ace of aces” in World War I and for that matter any air war Pan Books Ltd’s back cover advertising is incorrect however Bishop was not the Allies’ highest scoring pilot; that distinction belongs to René Fonck seventy five and among the Commonwealth’s pilots “Mick” Mannock who has one victory than Billy’s seventy two Researchers have cast doubt upon pilots’ totals lately comparing claims against German records Pan tells us “This was the air war of individual combat Each man knew who he was fighting” Sometimes; there were some pilots who decorated their planes and became recognizable von Richtofen and Voss for example; most did notBishop wrote this sometime between August 1917 and May 1918 when he was stationed in Canada and the States on duties not involving air combat The air combats do seem repetitious and boring; it was a good learning point to read that he as did most pilots favored the surprise attack He seemed to especially like approaching from under the enemy craft He certainly wasn’t afraid of a fight; but he does say when superior numbers against him encouraged discretion as the better part of valor Early in the book he describes the kinds of missions air forces undertook; the air war was not just going out and getting into fights There was a point to it all such as observation straffing artillery spotting and protecting air craft involved in such One can tell Bishop enjoyed fighting and seeing his totals climbing He also describes off duty activitiesI suspect books by other aces will read much the same After a century the Great War has been examined from all perspectives achieves have been opened and studied and conclusions drawn but first person accounts still provide spirit and details of the war in a uniue fashion Such is the value of “Winged Warfare” by Canada’s great flying ace Billy Bishop Bishop chronicles his ambition to join the Royal Flying Corps to lift himself out of the mud of the cavalry the distinction of going up against the red Baron’s Flying Circus and the techniues of combat His identification with the British Royal Flying Corps and obvious pride at Canadian exploits give an insight into Canadian national identity of the timeWhat I like about this classic is the author’s own description of challenges and thrills of air combat the details that only a warrior would know and his mental impressions of what he was doing The writing is that of a pilot not a skilled author but even that has its charm His references to the “Hun” and “Archie” and his constant mentioning of his aeroplane as the “machine” reminds me of my grandfather’s term for his car Bishop’s explanation of why seeing “an enemy going down in flames is a source of great satisfaction” and the scores he sought to settle provide thought for reflectionRead newer tomes for the history of the Great War but savor “Winged Warfare” for its spirit Good TeadAn interesting description of air combat during WWI The author appears to have been blessed with uncommon good luck as well as some natural skills He does come across as a bit cold blooded; however although probably unsurprising given the business he was in Very mechanical in his manner of story telling although he did have a story worth telling Long and dry description of Bishop's engagements It's like reading the combat reports dry lengthy and repetitive Billy Bishop flew with the Royal Flying Corps in the Great War WW1 His personal account of his exploits and his thoughts is informative Good readAn interesting book but much similar shoot down stuff repeated over and again Give it a go as I think you will enjoy it ImpressiveAs a former pilot I easily slipped into Bjshop's character but never his skill and fighting ability IMPRESSIVE HATED TO REACH THE END

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Winged Warfare
  • William Avery Bishop
  • 08 April 2016
  • 9781340803766