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Arthur Gould Lee was born in 1894 and served in the Sherwood Foresters, RFC, and RAF from 1915 to 1946 when he retired as an air vice-marshal. He took up writing on retirement from the RAF and published eight nonfiction books, all of which have become classics in aviation nonfiction.

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"This excellent book remains a copper plated gem and has stood the test of time with gusto...This is a very serious book. It takes the form of the letters the author wrote to his young wife and there are odd occasions when he leaves out descriptions of adventures away from flying that I would like to have seen included. It is annotated with details of comrades lost in combat which are very poignant in their own way. A brief account of the later careers of some of his surviving chums appears in the appendices. Make no mistake; what we have here is a classic which gives a genuinely warm and detailed look at the life of a pilot on a typical fighter squadron during the violent days following Bloody April and into the last year of the war. We meet many characters, some with short time on this Earth and others who went on to greatness in another war. It's got the lot."--War History Online
"Aviation enthusiasts and historians will be transfixed by Gould Lee's accounts of both life in the skies and on the ground."--Library Journal
"... new edition nicely complements the earlier work... covers Lee's experiences with No.46 Squadron, RFC, during the shorter but much more intense period from May 1917 to January 1918. It is based largely on his wartime letters and includes as appendices his later observations, reflecting a longer view of history and his experience as a two-star RAF officer...wartime exploits still resonate in the stirring, first-hand narratives contained in this nicely-illustrated book.--Over the Front

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