March 4, 2017

A Yankee Ace in the RAF: The World War I Letters of Captain by John H. Morrow Jr. ,Earl Rogers

By John H. Morrow Jr. ,Earl Rogers

The engines are began, twenty glossy propellers glistening within the sunlight, 40 exhausts rumbling and belching blue smoke. . . . every little thing prepared, the pilot waves his hand, the blocks are pulled and the flights taxi out one by one. Away is going the commander, motor roaring, streamers flying, and the remainder keep on with of their right formation order. a number of turns round the aerodrome and they are away to the line-up, up, and so they quickly disappear within the haze.

Just past that beckoning "haze," Captain Bogart Rogers and his fellow pilots flew into enemy territory to struggle the world's first air struggle. Suffused with the romance of flight and the cruel realities of aerial strive against, Rogers's letters to his fiancee, Isabelle younger, vividly element his wartime reviews opposed to a deadly and elusive opponent exemplified via the likes of Baron von Richthofen's Flying Circus.

The son of debatable l. a. lawyer Earl Rogers ("the maximum jury legal professional of his time," claimed Clarence Darrow) and brother to pioneering Hearst journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns, Bogart made his mark within the nice battle. Of the 3 hundred-plus americans who joined the British air corps in 1917, merely Rogers and dozen different volunteers turned "aces" via capturing down 5 or extra German planes. He himself claimed six "kills" in scuffling with throughout the moment conflict of the Marne, the Somme Offensive, Cambrai, Ypres-Lys, and 6 different significant engagements.

Rogers additionally had a distinct aptitude for writing, person who introduced his postwar profession as a journalist and screenwriter in Hollywood. The letters during this quantity are a outstanding testomony to that ability. Lucid, reflective, hugely articulate, and touched with flashes of humor, they remove darkness from the demanding situations of aviation education, lifestyle on the aerodromes, the releasing wonders of flight, and the sobering truths of a devastating conflict. in addition they replicate Rogers's consistent eager for his destiny bride "Izzy" (who celebrates her 99th birthday in 1996).

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