- South Australian Airmen of the Great War
South Australian Airmen of the Great War
This book identifies over 300 South Australians who served as airmen during the First World War. The scope of entries is wide and varied. A few individuals had aviation experience pre-dating the war. Others enlisted and trained in the final year of the war for what was expected to be a longer conflict. A number became aces, including Edgar McCloughry – the highest-scoring South Australian with twenty-one victories.
Post-war, a number of these men were able to use their training and experiences for pioneering feats. Most famously, the brothers Ross and Keith Smith made the first flight from England to Australia in 1919. Others had outstanding careers, including Sir Richard Williams, a founding father of the Royal Australian Air Force, and polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins.
Details: Non-fiction, published 2015.
Format: Soft cover, 172 pages.
Dimensions: 22.8 cm (h) x 15.5 cm (w).