SE 5/5a Aces of World War I

SE 5/5a Aces of World War I

Aircraft of the Aces 78
  • Author: Norman Franks
  • Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • Short code: ACE 78
  • Publication Date: 10 Jun 2007
  • Number of Pages: 96
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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 major 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 McCudden, Geoffrey Bowman, Richard Maybery, Leonard Barlow, Hank Burden and Cyril Crowe. In all, 26 aces flew the aircraft with No 56 Sqn alone. Other well-known units were Nos 1, 24, 29, 32, 40, 41, 60, 64, 2 AFC, 74, 84, 85 and 92 Sqns. A number of Victoria Cross winners also flew SE 5/5as, namely Ball, Mannock, McCudden, Beauchamp Proctor and Bishop. Among the aces, no fewer than 20 scored more than 20 victories. In all, 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 brand new colour artworks and detailed appendices listing every pilot who 'made ace' on the SE 5/5a.

Biographical Note

NORMAN FRANKS is a full-time author and air historian, with more than 40 published book titles to his name. He is a recognised authority on the air wars of both World Wars 1 and 2, and in recent years has co-authored three massive studies of World War 1 fighter aces (Above the Trenches, Over the Front and Above the Lines) which have become essential works of reference on the subject. Norman is an active member of the Cross and Cockade World War 1 Aviation Historical Society, and he also belongs to the League of World War 1 Aviation Historians. SE 5/5a Aces of World War 1 is his tenth book for Osprey.HARRY DEMPSEY has been passionate about World War 1 aviation for over 30 years, resulting in the production of some of the most technically accurate artwork on the subject for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series. He has illustrated all the World War 1 titles in this best-selling series to date.

Contents

Chapter 1: Origins of the SE 5 5a
Chapter 2:With the RFC in 1916
Chapter 3: RFC in 'Bloody April'
Chapter 4: 1917
Chapter 5: 1918
Appendices: Aces; Squadrons and bases; Ace SE 5 5as; SE 5 5a pilot awards

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