Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight

Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight

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The first comprehensive biography of Canada's third-highest- scoring ace in the First World War.

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly a biplane or triplane in the First World War? Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight takes you to the Western Front during the Great War. Experience the risks of combat and the many close calls Collishaw had as a pilot, flight commander, and squadron leader. Understand the courage Collishaw and his fellow flyers faced every day they took to the air in their small, light, and very manoeuvrable craft to face the enemy.

As the third-highest-scoring flying ace among British and colonial pilots in the First World War, scoring 60 victories, Collishaw was only surpassed by Billy Bishop and Edward Mannock. This book traces Collishaw's life from humble beginnings in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to victories in the skies over France.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781459706606
Branch Call Number: ANF 940.44941 GUN
Characteristics: 270 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Jan 05, 2014

Poorly written. The telling of Collishaw's activities during the war quickly became repetitive and dull. It felt like the author simply collated facts from other sources and presented them without emotion or imagination.

Norman C. Smith
Sep 21, 2013

The title includes "and the Black Flight", but the book is primarily a biography of Raymond Collishaw, though the years after 1918 are covered quickly. It provides a great deal of interesting information about Collishaw's career in the First World War. However, I found that there was little about the over development of the war itself, so that it was difficult to appreciate Collishaw's situation. Further, the book has a large number of spelling errors and other minor editing problems that suggest that it was not properly edited before being published. If it had, I think that there would have been a little more attention given to the bigger picture, and a little less to the descriptions (cursory) of individual air combats. In short, it is an OK book that had the potential to be better.

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