Recollections of an Airman

Louis Arbon Strange

A rare eyewitness account that describes air-combat during the Great War in Europe from the first guns fired to the last, including the often desperate travails in between . . .
Publication date:
October 2016
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
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ISBN : 9781612003863

Dimensions : 190 X 130 mm
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• The unique memoir of an officer who had to keep abreast of technical developments in the new concept of air war, as well as hold on to the courage to fight

Strange's squadrons were switched all around the Front, and were constantly provided new and better machines-even as his German opponents were receiving the same

A fascinating account of the period during which Allied airmen began to believe they finally had gotten the upper hand over their enemy

Here is an authentic memoir of a remarkably wide range of Western Front experience from the very beginning of the Great War until the end. Strange was 23 years old when he learned to fly, and was at the Central Flying School when war broke out. He hurriedly packed his kit and reported to Royal Flying Corps headquarters, to join No. 5 Squadron. He was on active duty throughout the whole of the war, seeing service over the Western Front from August 1914 until the enemy's surrender.

In 1915 Strange transferred to No.6 Squadron and went on to form and command No.23 Squadron, but due to illness he did not accompany it to France. There followed a valuable period training others, taking charge of the Machine-Gun School at Hythe, and also other schools of aerial gunnery, before he returned to the Front. There he commanded the 23rd Wing, and finally took command of the 80th Wing from June 1918 until the end of the war. Along the way we see no shortage of insight into exactly how Allied airmen eventually prevailed.

Strange died aged 75 in 1966, having continued his association with aviation over the years and adding a Bar to his DFC in the Second World War.


...more fascinating accounts, this time rather more personal, of airborne exploits during the First World War. Boys' Own Paper stuff, this!
Books Monthly

It is hard to understand why this book has not been more popular over the years.
Flightpath Magazine

Very readable including some private photographs and aerial maps.
Air Modeller