Other books byNorman Franks
Sopwith Pup Aces of World War 1
The Sopwith Pup was the forerunner of the hugely successful Sopwith Camel, which duly became the most successful fighter of World War 1. The first proper British fighting scout, the first Pups – the Royal Naval Air Service – arrived on the Western Front in 1916. Although regarded as a ‘nice’ aeroplane to fly, pilots who used it in combat gained much success during the first half of 1917. The Royal Flying Corps also used the Pup from January 1917 onwards, with the final combats with the machine occurring in December of that year. This book describes the combat careers of the successful Pup aces, how they flew and how they fought.
Graphic Account of Sampson's Three Years Flying...
'Sammy' Sampson, in co-operation with aviation historian Norman Franks, has written a graphic account of his three years flying Spitfires on offensive ops over France. He covers in detail his period commanding the Free French Wing, of which little has been recorded in Britain. His story is told with pace, spice and honesty, and his recollections of people and events provide a refreshing insight into the life of a wartime fighter pilot who previously played rugby for Scotland. He now lives in Benenden, Kent.
Battle of the Airfields
Operation Bodenplatte, 1 January 1945
Operation Bodenplatte was devised to despatch 800 Luftwaffe fighters to attack Allied bases in Western Europe on the first of January 1945. The operation turned out to be the Luftwaffe's final act of self-destruction. This book tells the story of that fated operation.
Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War 1
This book focuses on the combat careers of the last of the famous Sopwith fighters to enter service during World War 1, the Dolphin and the Snipe, both of which were built on the strong scouting heritage of the Pup and Camel. The Dolphin featured the unique negative-staggered biplane wing arrangement, which provided the pilot with the best possible tactical view forward for seeking out his enemy. Used extensively on the Western Front, the Dolphin proved very effective in combat, with a substantial number of British aces scoring kills with the fighter. The Snipe was built as the successor of the highly successful Camel, and entered service with the fledgling Royal Air Force in the summer of 1918. Although seeing just a few months of action before the Armistice, the Snipe nevertheless proved its superiority over virtually all other fighters.