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SE 5/5a ACES OF WORLD WAR 1 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 78)
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SE 5/5a ACES OF WORLD WAR 1 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 78)

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Norman Franks

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5/5a was, along with the Sopwith Camel, the major British fighting scout of the last 18 months of the war in France. It equipped several key squadrons, the first being No 56 Sqn in April 1917. This unit became famous for the number of aces it had among its pilots, including Albert Ball, James Mc Cudden, Geoffrey Bowman, Richard Maybery, Leonard Barlow, "Hank" Burden, and Cyril Crowe. In all, 26 aces flew the aircraft with No 56 Sqn alone. A number of Victoria Cross winners also flew SE 5/5as, namely Ball, Mannock, Mc Cudden, Beauchamp Proctor, and Bishop. Among the aces, no fewer than 20 scored more than 20 victories. In total, there were almost 100 SE 5/5a aces, and a large number of them are profiled in this volume. Supporting the text are more than 110 photographs, 37 color profiles, and detailed appendices listing every pilot who "made ace" on the SE 5/5a. 96 pages

*Comprehensive histories of the elite fighter pilots and the aircraft they flew

*A unique source of information researched by recgonized experts, and brought to life by first-hand accounts from the combat veterans themselves

*Concise, authoritative text is supported by at least 30 specially commissioned original color profiles, scale plans, and the best archival photography from around the world