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Item:283628672387FREE SHIPPING UK WIDE Death in the Air by Wesley D. Archer Based on the experiences of a First World War pilot. FORMAT Paperback LANGUAGE English CONDITION Brand New Publisher Description The typewritten script of a First World War pilots diary with a large number of photographs was submitted to the publishers William Heinemann and published by them in 1933. Heinemann stated on the books jacket that the diary contained no names, dates, or anything that could reveal the identity of the writer or the squadron in which he served. The publishers understood that the diarist was killed in action in 1918 and that it was in deference to the wishes of those who were close to him that his diary should be published. So remarkable were the photographs that their veracity was immediately questioned, but no proof of their authenticity or otherwise could be ascertained. It was not until 1983 that a collection of documents, photographs and artefacts was presented to the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum. Some of the photographs were recognised as being those of the mystery diarist and the truth was soon revealed. The author was Wesley Archer, an American with Canadian parents who served with the RFC in the First World War, and the photographs and diary had been faked. Images in a central plate section AUTHOR: Wesley D. Archer an American with Canadian parents who served with the RFC and the RAF. On 9 October 1918 he was shot down by ground fire while strafing German infantry in his SE5. He was hit in the chest but the bullet was deflected by his Colt pistol. He convalesced in Britain, returning to the US in 1920. He died in Havana in 1952, SELLING POINTS: Based on the experiences of a First World War pilot. Was originally submitted for publication anonymously. Photographs and diary produced to provide a realistic impression of aerial combat over the Western Front, though found to have been faked. Plates Notes Originally published in 1933, this is the diary of a First World War pilot, complete with some amazing photos. It was ascertained in 1983 that the diary had been faked by Archer, an American who had served with RFC during WWI. Author Biography Wesley D. Archer an American with Canadian parents who served with the RFC and the RAF. On 9 October 1918 he was shot down by ground fire while strafing German infantry in his SE5. He was hit in the chest but the bullet was deflected by his Colt pistol. He convalesced in Britain, returning to the US in 1920. He died in Havana in 1952, . Review "A classic of the Great War, published in 1933 and again in 1985. When first published it was considered the ultimate record of aerial combat, with extraordinary photographs showing men and machines apparently in their last moments, as they struggled for survival in the skies over France. Wesley Archer was an American who served as a pilot with the RFC and who faked both the diary and the photographs. The introduction to this volume reveals the truth behind he hoax."--The Great War Magazine "Highly recommended!"--IPMS/USA Details ISBN1848328788 Author Wesley D. Archer Pages 256 Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd Year 2016 ISBN-10 1848328788 ISBN-13 9781848328785 Format Paperback Publication Date 2016-07-30 Media Book Short Title DEATH IN THE AIR Language English Imprint Frontline Books Subtitle The War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot Place of Publication Barnsley Country of Publication United Kingdom DEWEY 940.44941 Illustrations Images included in a central plate section Dimensions140mm x 216mm We've got this At The Nile, if you're looking for it, we've got it. With fast shipping, low prices, friendly service and well over a million items - you're bound to find what you want, at a price you'll love! 30 DAY RETURN POLICY No questions asked, 30 day returns! FREE DELIVERY No matter where you are in the UK, delivery is free. SECURE PAYMENT Peace of mind by paying through PayPal and eBay Buyer Protection TheNileItemID:99207142;Condition:New, Language:English, ISBN-13:9781848328785, Format:Paperback
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