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BOOK LAUNCH: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5pm to 7pm
BILLY BISHOP C: LONE WOLF HUNTER
THE RAF ACE RE-EXAMINED By PETER KILDUFF
Publication: 29th August 2014 (UK) / 29th September (US/CAN)
TPS: 246 x 170mm Hardback Extent: 192 pages; illustrated throughout
Price: $39.95 (US/CAN) World Rights: Grub Street ISBN: 978-1-909808-13-3
American author Peter Kilduff has meticulously researched military aviation history for over fifty years. Grub Street proudly presents his latest book: Billy Bishop VC Lone Wolf Hunter: the RAF ace re-examined, whose subject, Canadian-born legend, William Avery Bishop – best known as Billy – has been hailed as the British Empire’s highest-scoring First World War fighter ace.
Amongst Bishop’s many achievements are the following;
He became an early recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, making ‘lone wolf’ attacks on German aircraft;
He was officially credited with victory in seventy-two air battles;
He was honoured in a special ceremony by King George V, who presented Bishop with the Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross all at the same time.
Bishop’s approach to aerial combat was extremely dangerous making him exceptionally vulnerable to his adversaries. And, with sparse independent corroboration of his air fighting claims, Bishop’s tactic left him open to suspicions about the veracity of his combat reports.
Author Peter Kilduff carefully reviews the ace’s existing combat reports and private correspondence, as well as accounts by friends and foes. Alongside the professional military documentation, the private life of Billy Bishop is revealed in many letters to his fiancée (later wife) relating death-defying experiences while sharing tender inner thoughts.
Drawing on some five decades of extensive, even-handed and thorough research into World War I aviation history, Kilduff examines a wealth of German sources for this in-depth study of the ace’s aerial exploits. The author sheds new light on Bishop’s air missions and combats, which so far are steeped in controversy.
This book provides as complete an account as possible. Billy Bishop VC – Lone Wolf Hunter also serves as a valuable reference work, containing over seventy illustrations relating to Bishop and his adversaries, many of which have up, until now, not been published.
Plan to come to Bishop House on Tuesday, October 21st between 5pm and 7pm to get your copy of this new book about our Local Icon and Home Town Hero, Billy Bishop.
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