For God, England & Ethel
The men who flew in the Army Corps squadrons during the Great War were the forgotten heroes of the Royal Flying Corps, yet little has been written of their exploits. Flying two-seater aeroplanes that were no match against the fighters of the German Air Force, they became the 'Eyes of the Army' despite suffering heavy losses. In pioneering the use of airborne wireless and photography, they also changed forever the way in which wars would be waged. For God, England & Ethel tells of one such squadron, seen through the eyes of Fred Johnstone, a lowly wireless mechanic, whose off-duty friendships are inextricably intertwined with his squadron duties. The story follows Fred through the two years he served on the Western Front, set against a back-drop of the ever-changing fortunes of Number 6 squadron. During this time, ambitions are realised and unlikely friendships forged, broken only by death. Based upon official records, eyewitness accounts and the diaries that Fred kept during his time in Belgium, this true story is testament to the strength, courage and resilience of a generation of young men, fighting on foreign soil for their God, their Country and their loved ones.
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Emminently readable - somewhat I think like Neville Shute's books,
which I love! A wonderful idea to produce an historical study in the form of a novel and the extent of the research leaves me gob-smacked! I so much enjoyed the fluent, readable style and the way that the story
unfolds. The characters come alive - at the end of the book one feels
that one knows them. This book has revived in me so many
memories of the past