Gilbert Mapplebeck's life reads like something out of an adventure book: his determination to become a pilot; his posting to France in 1914; his reconnaissance flight over enemy lines; carrying out one of the first bombing raids on an enemy transport train; his involvement in the first night time bombing raid of World War 1; being badly wounded in an early "dog fight"; being shot down over enemy territory and his amazing escape back to England; and his tragic death in a flying accident just one year later. But his story has always been incomplete until two significant diaries written by Gilbert (Gib) came to light. In the first he tells us of his time in the RFC between July 1914 and February 1915, affording us a unique insight in to the very early days of winged combat. The second diary, written after the event, Gib tells the story of the ill-fated "sortie" over Lille, where he was shot down, escaped from German troops, was protected by a number of Belgians and then finally made it back to England.
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|Size: ||10.8 MB|
|Date published: || 2015|
|ISBN: ||9781326465308 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|