ILLINGWORTH, Arthur E., Captain.

A History of 24 Squadron.

Sometime of the Royal Flying Corps and later of the Royal Air Force. Appendices compiled by Major V.A.H. Robeson. With a Foreword by Air Marshal Sir H.M. Trenchard.

London: The "Aeroplane" for Private Circulation among the Officers of 24 Squadron, 1920 Stock Code: 140637

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First edition, limited issue, this copy 187 of 275. Founded as No. 24 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps in 1915 at Hounslow Heath Aerodrome, it arrived in France in February 1916 equipped with D.H.2 fighters. These were soon outclassed and replaced early in 1917 with the DH.5, which although not suitable as a fighter was used in a ground-attack role, first employed during the Battle of Messines and later at Cambrai. The DH.5 was phased out of operations and the squadron were given the SE.5a late in the year and returned to air combat operations. By October 1918 the squadron had destroyed 200 enemy aircraft, during the course of its wartime existence, it had 33 flying aces among its ranks. Their first commander, Lanoe Hawker, who was awarded the VC, died in a dog fight with Richthofen in November 1916: "I was extremely proud when one fine day I was informed that the aviator whom I had brought down was the 'English Immelmann.' In view of the character of our fight it was clear to me that I had been tackling a flying champion" (p.19). Hawker has no known grave. An excellent copy of this handsomely produced squadron record.

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Large octavo. Original black quarter morocco, moderate blue linen boards, title gilt to the spine and front board, top edge gilt, black marbled endpapers.


Halftone frontispiece and 7 other similar plates including group portraits with identifications, 4 coloured plates from water-colours by Captain R.H.M.S. Saundby, one full-page map and one full-page illustration to the text.


Very light shelf-wear, pale toning to the text, a very good copy


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