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by John MacGavock Grider


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This is a diary of a young aviator from start to finish.

Series: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Book 6). Paperback: 278 pages. Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (June 1, 2000). This is a diary of a young aviator from start to finish. Written almost 100 years ago when aviation was just developing,it's a fast read.

Book in the Texas A & M University Military History Series Series). Book Overview John MacGavock Grider, assigned to Royal Ai. . by John Macgavock Grider. In the summer of 1917, more than two hundred American men volunteered for service in England's Royal Flying Corps, where they would be trained to fly with the Allies until American squadrons could be organized. John MacGavock Grider, assigned to Royal Air Force Number 85 Squadron, flying SE-5a pursuit planes, was shot down and killed some twenty miles behind German lines in the summer of 1918.

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Texas A & M University Military History Series by. John Macgavock Grider. John MacGavock Grider, assigned to Royal Air Force Number 85 Squadron, flying SE-5a pursuit planes, was shot down and killed some twenty mile In the summer of 1917, more than two hundred American men volunteered for service in England's Royal Flying Corps, where they would be trained to fly with the Allies until American squadrons could be organized.

ISBN 10: 1585440876 ISBN 13: 9781585440870 Publisher: Texas A&M University Press, 2000 Softcover.

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John Macgavock Grider; Elliott White Springs; Clayton Knight. Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series. This book is not an attempt to make heroes of these men, but rather to tell the story of one man and his friends, who fought for the United States in World War I as guests of an ally in a strange land.

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Three young men from the South known as the 'Three Musketeers' fly with the Royal Air Force in World War I. One, John McGavock Grider, is killed in action.

Title: War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator (Video 2003). Three young men from the South known as the 'Three Musketeers' fly with the Royal Air Force in World War I. His diary is published after the war and becomes a huge publishing success. Much later it is revealed that the diary was actually written by his friend Springs, who felt responsible for Grider's death. Written by Robert Clem.

War Birds : Diary of an Unknown Aviator. Texas A & M University Military History (Paperback). By (author) John Macgavock Grider.

John MacGavock Grider, assigned to Royal Air Force Number 85 Squadron, flying SE-5a pursuit planes, was shot down and killed some twenty miles behind German lines in the summer of 1918

John MacGavock Grider, assigned to Royal Air Force Number 85 Squadron, flying SE-5a pursuit planes, was shot down and killed some twenty miles behind German lines in the summer of 1918. He was not a hero, nor were his training and combat experiences much different from those of his fellow pilots. He is set apart only by the records he kept of his experiences during that year. This is Grider's story, but in telling it he encompasses the opinions and prejudices, the successes and failures, the lives and deaths of those 210 volunteers.

The unknown aviator and diarist was John MacGavock Grider, who went missing in action on June 18, 1918. Following publication of War Birds in 1926, Elliott White Springs was revealed to be the second diarist. The diary continues on June 19 and runs through the end of August. Obviously a second diarist took over. He stated that before Grider went missing, he expressed the desire that the story be told.

In the summer of 1917, more than two hundred American men volunteered for service in England's Royal Flying Corps, where they would be trained to fly with the Allies until American squadrons could be organized. John MacGavock Grider, assigned to Royal Air Force Number 85 Squadron,flying SE-5a pursuit planes, was shot down and killed some twenty miles behind German lines in the summer of 1918. He was not a hero, nor were his training and combat experiences much different from those of his fellow pilots. He is set apart only by the records he kept of his experiences during that year. This is Grider's story, but in telling it he encompasses the opinions and prejudices, the successes and failures, the lives and deaths of those 210 volunteers. He details the rigors of training, the terrors of combat, and the respite of social activities. Of this group, fifty-two were killed in training or in combat, thirty were wounded, fourteen became prisoners of war, and twenty dropped out of training under the mental pressures of combat flying. After the war, many of these pilots returned home without rank or medals, suffering by comparison with the much-decorated pilots from the American front. This book is not an attempt to make heroes of these men, but rather to tell the story of one man and his friends, who fought for the United States in World War I as guests of an ally in a strange land.

Comments: (7)

Arith
This book was a real eye-opener for me, a student of WWI aviation. Pilot training was less than the best and a larger number of new pilots were killed in training accidents than were ever killed in combat.
watching to future
A very interesting true account of what it was like to be a flyer in World War I. Lots of behind the scenes information on day to day life. Parties, drinking and facing death each day. The great loss of life during training and so forth.
Mr_Mix
This is a very good book on WWI aviation warfare. It is written from a soldier - pilot point of view and tells the said story of learning the hard way using young men as human expendables. I glad the US military learned from the past or I would not be here.
LeXXXuS
This is a fascinating and different look of a pilots life in WW1. It is simply a diary and by the end of it you are sucked into his life and feel like you know him and his deepest thoughts.
Arashilkis
My Dad was a WWI ace and I love all accounts that help me understand what he experienced. This book was both revealing and also reading like a well told tale. I finished it in a day.
Morlunn
A VERY EASY TO READ VIEW OF WORLD WAR 1 IN THE AIR. NOT WRITTEN BY A HISTORIAN, BUT BY A FLIER WHO WAS THERE. HE WAS THE FATHER OF GEORGE GRIDER, A WW2 SUBMARINE OFFICER.
Fordrellador
Arrived as promised.
Obviously the language is not quite the jargon we use today. Also there are some UN-politically correct language used, but all in all this is a good read. Remember this was written during the Great War (world war I) so don't be to critical about language used.
War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) download epub
Leaders & Notable People
Author: John MacGavock Grider
ISBN: 1585440876
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Language: English
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (June 1, 2000)
Pages: 278 pages