Fearless: the extraordinary untold story of New Zealand's great war airmen

Adam Claasen, Author

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Adam Claasen, Author
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"Fearless: the extraordinary story of New Zealand's great war airmen" is part of the first world war centenary history series of publications, overseen by the ministry of culture and heritage...With few secondary sources and published primary materials available, much of the research for this book was archival...the book begins with an examination of the pre-war years and the growing concerns about the place of air power in a future war and what New Zealand's contribution might be. At the same time it chronicles the exploits of a string of aviators who were to inspire young New Zealanders to head to the flying services once war broke out...In chapters three, four and five we follow their exploits, and we see how the fighting on the ground, particularly at Gallipoli, turned the hears of many young men to the air service. This is followed by a discussion of flight training at New Zealand's two indigenous schools and subsequent military aviation instruction in Britain. The remainder of the book details the New Zealanders' amazing exploits over the period from 1916 to 1918." - introduction

MOTAT Walsh Memorial Library images used:
04/071/021 on p145
14/004/124 on p244
14/004/325 on p303

The pioneers, 1908-1912 -- Flying fever, 1912-1914 -- Lucky devils, 1914-1915 -- Above the fray, 1915 -- Dust and dysentery, 1915 -- Airmen for the empire -- Bashed into shape -- Death from above, 1916 -- Fire in the sky, 1916 -- Bloody April, 1917 -- The supreme sacrifice, 1917 -- A bigger endeavour, 1917 -- The 'Greatest show ever seen', 1918 -- Spring offensive, 1918 -- Sea assault, 1918 -- One hundred days, 1918.
Other Name
First World War Centenary History
Physical Description
495 pages : illustrations, colour maps, portraits ; 26 cm
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Adam Claasen. 2017. Fearless: the extraordinary untold story of New Zealand's great war airmen, PUB-2017-64. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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