Winged Warfare

This is the memoir of Canada s top fighter ace of the First World War, told in his own words.
Winged Warfare This is the memoir of Canada s top fighter ace of the First World War told in his own words

  • Title: Winged Warfare
  • Author: Billy Bishop
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Winged Warfare”

    1. 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 actio [...]

    2. 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 Squadron, 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 Squadron, flying the Nieuport 17 fighter. Bis [...]

    3. 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 unique 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 tech [...]

    4. I am just about done with this book and will hate to see it end - though I'm glad Bishop was eventually able to leave the war! He was having a "good time," but he should have been killed, over and over again. Several other things keep impressing me as I read this: 1) How quickly pilots (and per Bishop and McScotch the Germans especially) would disengage or avoid a fight. That's understandable. But it also makes men like Bishop stand out so much, because of their eagerness to find a fight.2) The [...]

    5. This is Britain's and Canada's top WW1 Ace's account of his early days in the Royal Flying Corps. He wrote this in 1917 when he was home in Canada on leave and to get married, so he hadn't yet achieved his full glory, although as a VC, he was already a hero. The delights of flying, and the enthusiasm and audacity of aerial combat are contrasted with the stress and sometimes disgust of warfare.

    6. Billy was a Canadian pilot who fought for the British in WWIhe was relentless, focused and shot down more airplanes than anyone for the Alliesexplains the psychology and performance of German and Allied pilots.Humbly yet well written

    7. A brave manThis is one of the finest and most informative WW I flying books I have ever read. It is thoroughly enjoyable.

    8. Bishop's description of several months of his time in France in 1917 is interesting. The tactics he developed are clearly laid out. His sheer hatred of "the Huns" is clear. The memoir was written in 1918, and it's clear the ideas of someone a century ago are different from how it would be expressed today. At times I found a better editor would have helped tighten up the writing. As a first person account of the war in the air this book is a must read for those interested in that time period.

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