Billy Bishop VC Lone Wolf Hunter: The RAF Ace Re-Examined
William Avery Bishop is recognized as the British EmpireÕs highest-scoring WWI ace, credited with 72 combat victories, third-ranking behind von Richthofen and Ren Fonck. He scored many of his successes on his own, prevailing only by dint of personal courage, daring and superior marksmanship. This remarkable manÕs story has been detailed in many books and articles, but renowned author Peter Kilduff is adamant that so far the full truth has not been told. Famed for his evenhanded, thorough, exhaustive and forensic research, Kilduff sets out to bring new light to missions and kills so far steeped in controversy. As so many of BishopÕs victories were achieved during solo combat, all will be examined and scrutinized, drawing on German, British and Canadian archival sources, BishopÕs private correspondence, and accounts by friends and foes. Such an approach provides as complete an account as possible which also serves as a valuable reference work containing many previously unpublished images.
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Chapter One The Lone Wolf Strikes
Chapter Two Long Journey to the Front
Chapter Three Bad Aircraft and Bad Luck
Chapter Four From Albion to Zeppelins
Chapter Five First Triumphs
Chapter Six Bloody April
Chapter Seven Transformations
Chapter Nine Growing Success
Chapter Ten A Hero at Last
Chapter Eleven Winged Victory
Chapter Twelve What Price Success?
Appendix Aerial Victory List of William A Bishop
Chapter Eight Attack in the Darkness
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