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Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson

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Just finished this book.  It is a fictional novel about a squadron in WW1 and in the Afterword had some great quotes about what dogfighting in WW1 was all about by Oliver Stewart.  Since we have been getting back into the canvas, thought I would share.

"To be strictly honest about it, the objective of a fighter pilot in the First World War was to sneak in unobserved close behind his opponent and then shoot him in the back.  Bar-room brawling, bicycle chains and broken bottles have a closer affinity to the early fighting in the air than the chivalrous, formalized, knightly encounters with lance and epee to which it has been likened.  To those who studied it closely enough the limitless open sky became as good a place to lie in wait for an unsuspecting passer-by as a darkened alley off a sleazy street, and the sudden act of violence , when it came, could be as deadly."

This certainly feels closer to what you experience flying a WW1 simulation in battle.

Derek Robinson said that is what he tried to capture in this book, and he does a pretty good job at it.  Only 230 pages, so a quick read. First responder to this thread who wants it, will mail it to you ( send me a PM with address info).

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Don’t need it already read it, but the experience Thursday night was exactly this. Duck and Brinson trying to take down the Bristol, then Icy slips in the knife from behind....

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yup....going to work on adding the new planes to the Ship Convoy COOP...next so we can give that a try.  Will move the convoys a little closer together and perhaps change to a submarine escort front and back to reduce the oppressive fire from the escorts.

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