Fire in the sky
The Australian Flying Corps in WWI.
When the First World War began in August 1914, aeroplanes were a novelty, barely a decade old. Despite this, Australia was one of just a few nations outside Europe to establish a military flying school and corps. From a first class of four student pilots the Australian Flying Corps grew to number almost 4000 by the armistice. Its young volunteers were pioneers in a completely new dimension of warfare as they struggled for control of the skies over the Western Front and Middle East. Prize winning historian Michael Molkentin reveals, the remarkable story of these airmen and mechanics. It is a tale of heroism and endurance; of a war fought thousands of feet above the trenches in aircraft of timber and fabric. Fire in the Sky takes you up into this chaotic tumult and into the midst of a war from which only one in two Australian airmen emerged unscathed. Soft cover, small format, photographs, 424 pages.