(Barnsley): Pen & Sword, (2012),
First Edition. large octavo, black boards in pictorial dust jacket. xii, 324pp. Pen & Sword, Item #22975
Formed in 1915 and still operational today, 14 Squadron is one of the RAF's longest serving and most senior Squadrons. Spending the first thirty years of its operational life in the Middle East, the history of this Squadron is a rich one, but one that, until now, has gone largely unrecorded. Napier effectively brings together all the historical scraps and shreds of stories, which make up the collective history of this unit, from 1915 -1945, a period of great military and social upheaval. The author himself attests to the fact that the work is not merely about the airplanes operational history during this period, or the stark military facts (although enthusiasts of both these areas will find much here); rather, the work concerns itself largely with the people who flew such aircraft. Recording the dramatic trials and tribulations of the people who were 14 Squadron, Napier provides a sympathetic and engaging account of this period of military history. Extensively illustrated. With numerous color profile of air craft. New.