Sixty Squadron, R.A.F.

A History of the Squadron from Its Formation

Captain A.J.L. Scott

The in-depth story of one of Britain's seminal aerial combat units in the newly opened world of military aviation during the Great War—as British pilots sought to match the expertise, as well as bravery, of their German counterparts . . .
Publication date:
September 2016
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
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ISBN : 9781612003849

Dimensions : 190 X 130 mm
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• Written by the commander of this star-studded squadron, withholds no detail about how the Royal Flying Corps (eventually Royal Air Force) more than held its own
Describes the very thick of the war, when the Allies were nearly losing the contest, up until the day they eventually prevailed
Now-legendary aces pass through these pages, as if as a matter of course

Sixty Squadron RAF, which covers the period from the disastrous maelstrom of the Somme offensive to final victory, 1916-1919, is one of the classic histories of the Great War. It is the story of a squadron whose members were awarded 1 Victoria Cross, 5 Distinguished Service Orders, 1 Bar to the DSO, 37 Military Crosses and 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses. Pilots of No.60 Squadron included Harold Balfour, Albert Ball, A.D. Bell-Irving, "Billy” Bishop, K.L. Caldwell, and the young T.B. McCudden, who was killed in action, but whose own accounts of the fighting have also become legendary.

Organized in April 1916, No.60 Squadron went to France the next month. It participated in not only the Somme campaign but Arras, Passchendaele and the March 1918 offensive. Group Captain A.J.L. Scott has written in this book not only of the aces under his command but of their German opponents. His account begins with the early stages of scouting and closes with the final concepts of offensive aerial combat during World War I. In the intervening period No.60 Squadron achieved an impressive 274 victories over enemy aircraft.

Many of those mentioned in these pages, first published in 1920, remained in aviation in the years after the war and during World War II, with considerable success.


An incredible account of the aerial offenseive and the men behind it, at the battles of the Somme, Arras and Passchendaele - not something you normally think of, when all of the emphasis is on army fighting at the Western Front.
Books Monthly

Very entertaining and packed with first-hand experiences.
Air Modeller

...will give a new generation first-hand accounts of the life of an RFC squadron over the Somme...thoroughly recommended.
FlyPast Magazine