This is the glorious story of one of the greatest fighter squadrons of all time , told by its oldest member, the famous air race, Wing Commander Ira (Taffy) Jones.
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This is the glorious story of one of the greatest fighter squadrons of all time, told by its oldest member, the famous air race, Wing Commander Ira (Taffy) Jones.
It is, however, much more than the history of a single squadron, for in setting down his narrative the author tells what is virtually the whole thrilling story of air fighting from the days of the old R.F.C in France right up to and after the Battle of Britain.
As such, it will be read with pride and pleasure by every man who ever served in the flying forces of Britain in either-or both-world wars.
No man could be better qualified to write this epic story than Wing Commander Jones for he is perhaps the only living airman who flew fighter aircraft in the two great wars. He himself accounted for 40 enemy planes in combat, and it was « Taffy » Jones who trained so many of the FEW.
James Ira Thomas ’Taffy’ Jones DSO, MC, DFC & Bar, MM (18 April 1896 – 30 August 1960) was a British flying ace during the First World War. Jones was born on 18 April 1896 at Woolstone Farm, near St. Clears, Carmarthenshire. In 1913, Jones enlisted in the Territorial Army, though he was soon transferred into the newly established Royal Flying Corps, serving as an air mechanic on ground duties (where he earned the Military Medal) before volunteering for flying duties as an Observer. Jones commenced pilot training in August 1917 after being commissioned. After completing his training he joined No. 74 Squadron.
Throughout his service at No. 74 Squadron Jones won several awards and decorations ; being awarded the Military Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross and bar and the Distinguished Service Order. Although having a reputation for crashing his aircraft when attempting to land, Jones recorded 37 victories in just 3 months whilst flying the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 during the First World War. After retiring in 1936, Jones was recommissioned after the outbreak of the Second World War, and flew briefly during the Battle of Britain. After retiring again at the end of the Second World War, Jones lived in Wales where he wrote three books on the RFC and RAF. He died in 1960 through complications after a fall at his home in Wales.
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