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In the last two years of World War I the first American aviators came to Europe to fight in the air. War Birds is the diary of one who was killed in action in the closing months of the war, telling of his training in England and then of his war in France.
Simple and straightforward, it evokes vividly the atmosphere of flying in those days and the spirit of the men who lived with the probable imminence of death. The writer was not an ace, although he flew with some of the masters of that final flowering of chivalry in war and his story adds new lustre to their names. More important, it recalls the lives of his more typical comrades - their success and failures, their frustrations and, too often, their deaths.
War Birds fills in the human background to the history of a phase in the development of war in the air for it tells precisely - yet dramatically - what the business of flying meant to an average pilot in 1917 and 1918.

In the last two years of World War I the first American aviators came to Europe to fight in the air. War Birds is the diary of one who was killed in action in the closing months of the war, telling of his training in England and then of his war in France.
Simple and straightforward, it evokes vividly the atmosphere of flying in those days and the spirit of the men who lived with the probable imminence of death. The writer was not an ace, although he flew with some of the masters of that final flowering of chivalry in war and his story adds new lustre to their names. More important, it recalls the lives of his more typical comrades - their success and failures, their frustrations and, too often, their deaths.
War Birds fills in the human background to the history of a phase in the development of war in the air for it tells precisely - yet dramatically - what the business of flying meant to an average pilot in 1917 and 1918.

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