A KILLING FOR THE HAWKS

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This exciting book - which was seen as a controversial novel by the author of " 633 Squadron " - is about British and Allied pilots of the R.F.C. struggling to survive in the Spring of 1917.

Characteristic

Book cover finish Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features Dedicated copy, Dust jacket
Condition Used
Number of pages 252
Published date 1966
Languages English
Size 15 x 22 x 3 cm
Author Frederick E. Smith
Editor GEORGE G. HARRAP & C. LTD

Description

The time is Spring 1917, and in Flanders the inferior planes of the Royal Flying Corps are being decimated by the red Jastas of Richthofen and Voss. To battle - weary pilots only one ray of hope is seen - No. 55 Squadron, led by the brilliant John Seymour, has recently been equipped with the new S.E.5 Scout and is now holding the murderous Albatrosses.

 

This is the scene when Norman McConnell, a young American volunteer, is posted to the Squadron. He discovers in Seymour all the charm and leadership his hero - worship expects but can find little understanding for Charlie Bush, the dour, protective Flight Commander who values life and detests the victory parties Seymour holds.

 

( ... ) The gigantic slaughter of Third Ypres begins. Seymour leads the Squadron with his usual joyous élan but McConnell, who sees friend after friend killed, feels his very faith disintegrating. ( ... )

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Frederick E. Smith

Frederick Escreet Smith ( April 4th, 1919 - May 15th, 2012 ) was born in Hull ( Yorkshire, England ).  He was educated at Eversleigh High School and Malet Lambert High School ( Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England ). 


He served as a Local Government Officer for Hull Corporation until 1939, when he joined the R.A.F. Frederick E. Smith was trained as Wireless Operator / Air Gunner and commenced service in early 1940. He served in Great Britain, Africa and finally the Far East, returning to Hull in 1946. 


He then married and a year later, moved to Cape Town ( present day Western Cape, South Africa ), where he worked as a cost accountant with Premier Steel Products. 


He returned to Great Britain with his family in 1952, determined to make his living as a writer. Best known for his novel 633 Squadron ( 1956 ), Frederick E. Smith has published several books, such as : The Sin and the Sinners ( 1958 ), The Dark Cliffs ( 1962 ), Saffron's War ( 1975 ), Operation Valkyrie ( 1978 ), Rage of the Innocents ( 1986 ), Operation Defiant ( 1996 ). 


( sources : Wikipedia, www.amazon.com, www.theguardian.com ) 

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