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Cecil Lewis distinguished himself in action with eight victories throughout WWI and was awarded the Military Cross. After the war he became a flying instructor in China and later achieved fame as one of the founders of the BBC and as a respected playwright, winning an Oscar for the screenplay of Pygmalian. He died in 1997.


A born aviator, Lewis was winging his way over France as a member of the Royal Flying Air Corps at the ripe old age of 17 and ultimately became a member of Britain's top squadron of World War I fighter pilots. Lewis recalls his experiences in this 1936 memoir in which he relates his love of flying and the horror of aerial combat. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"...brings to life the illustrious career of a passionate fighter pilot...engaging and spirited account...beautifully written and by turns horrifying, moving and exhilarating, this is a stirring tribute to the remarkable young men who risked their lives daily in the golden age of aerial combat."--Lone Star Book Review

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