(WORLD WAR I: AVIATION.)
British Force in Italy. 14th Wing Royal Air Force, Summaries & Reports. Operations, Training, Etc. No. 15. Oct. 29th – Nov. 4th, 1918 (inclusive).
First edition, no other copy traced. Extremely uncommon, brief account of the unit’s activities accompanied by a group of superbly-printed, stunning aerial photographs, the Alps, Mount Grappa, Asiago plateau, St Mark’s, Venice, and an air-to-air shot of Major W. G. Barker’s Sopwith Camel B6313, the most successful fighter aircraft in the history of the RAF. During his Italian service Barker claimed 33 aeroplanes destroyed, and nine observation balloons downed individually or shared. Barker ended the war with the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order and Bar, the Military Cross and two Bars, two Italian Silver Medals for Military Valour, and the French Croix de guerre; he was mentioned in despatches three times becoming the most decorated Canadian of the War.
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Foolscap quarto. Wire-stitched ion the original printed card wraps. 8 leaves of letter-press text, rectos only, and 9 photographic plates. Wraps a little rubbed and slightly browned, some short splits to the yapp edges, chipping head and tail of the spine, text lightly toned, but overall very good.