Classen, Adam,

Fearless : the extraordinary untold story of New Zealand's great war airmen / Extraordinary untold story of New Zealand's great war airmen Adam Claasen. - 495 pages : illustrations, colour maps, portraits ; 26 cm - First World War centenary history . - First World War centenary history. .

Includes bibliographical references (pages 480-483) and index.

The pioneers, 1908-1912 -- Flying fever, 1912-1914 -- Lucky devils, 1914-1915 -- Above the fray, 1915 -- Dust and dysentry, 1915 -- Airmen for the empire -- Bashed into shape -- Death from above, 1916 -- Fire in the sky, 1916 -- Bloody April, 1917 -- The supreme sacrifice, 1917 -- A bigger endeavour, 1917 -- The 'Greatest show ever seen', 1918 -- Spring offensive, 1918 -- Sea assault, 1918 -- One hundred days, 1918.

More than 1000 New Zealanders served in the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Air Force. Several, including Sir Keith Park, later became senior air commanders of the Second World War. Among them were leading air aces, including Keith Caldwell, Ronald Bannerman and the famous tennis player Anthony Wilding. A special type of New Zealander who craved risk and adventure, and who loved speed and engines, they went up in tiny, fragile aircraft to face enormous danger. If they survived their training - and many did not - then they had to survive encountering the German air aces. Historian Adam Claasen tells their fascinating and little-known story, and explains how their courage enabled military aviation to develop.

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World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, New Zealand.
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British.
World War, 1914-1918--New Zealand.
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, New Zealand
Airmen--New Zealand--Biography.

D607.N45 / C53 2017