Air Force Lives: A Guide for Family Historians
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 176 pages
Author: P. Tomaselli
Other: b&w photos, charts, appendixes, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword
What was it like to serve in the air force in the First or Second World War? And how can you find out about an individual, an ancestor whose service career in the air force is a gap in your family's history?
Phil Tomaselli, in this readable and instructive book, shows you how this can be done. He describes in fascinating detail the careeers of a group of air force personnel from all branches and levels of the service. Using evidence gleaned from a range of sources - archives, memoirs, official records, books, libraries, oral history and the internet - he reconstructs the records of a revealing and representative group of ordinary men and women: among them an RFC fitter who won the Military Medal on the Somme, and RAF pilot who flew in Russia in 1919, an air gunner from the Second World Was, a Pathfinder crew who flew 77 missions, a Battle of Britain pilot and a typical WAAF.
In each case he shows how the research was conducted and explains how the lives of such individuals can be explored.
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A Brief History of the Air Forces Featured in this Book
1. Early Flying Experiences in the Royal Naval Air Service - Reginald Bone
2. A Military Medal with rge Royal Flying Corps - David Prosser Hepburn
3. Air War in the Arctic Circle - Bertram Guy Blampied
4. Royal Flying Corps, Auziliary Air Force and Second World War Flying Instructor - Wilfred Bennett Beale
5. Battle of Britain Pilot - Guy Marsland
6. From the North-West Frontier to Singapore, Forty Years in the RAF - Ernest Edgar Chambeers and Mary Craig Chambers
7. An Australian Air Gunner with Bomber Command - Victor Charles Reid
8. A Gallanr Pathfinder Crew
9. A WREN in the Fleet Air Arm - Janet Regden