Billy Bishop VC Lone Wolf Hunter: The RAF Ace Re-Examined

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Grub Street Publishing, Oct 19, 2014 - History - 192 pages
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provides as complete an account as possible which also serves as a valuable reference work containing many previously unpublished images.
 

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Contents

Foreword
6
Chapter One The Lone Wolf Strikes
11
Chapter Two Long Journey to the Front
23
Chapter Three Bad Aircraft and Bad Luck
33
Chapter Four From Albion to Zeppelins
45
Chapter Five First Triumphs
55
Chapter Six Bloody April
68
Chapter Seven Transformations
84
Chapter Nine Growing Success
110
Chapter Ten A Hero at Last
121
Chapter Eleven Winged Victory
135
Chapter Twelve What Price Success?
147
Appendix Aerial Victory List of William A Bishop
159
Bibliography Sources
165
Endnotes
171
Maps
185

Chapter Eight Attack in the Darkness
96

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About the author (2014)

Peter Kilduff is an acclaimed American historian and the author of fourteen aviation books covering biplanes to jets, including 2009's Black Fokker Leader and 2010's Hermann GÖring Fighter Ace also published by Grub Street.

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