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THE AIRSHIP VC  

THE AIRSHIP VC


THE Victoria Cross was awarded to William  Leefe Robinson of the Royal Flying Corps  for shooting down the first airship over London on the night of 2/3 September 1916 , a feat that paved the way for the eventual defeat of the Zeppelin as a strategic aerial bomber. With the co-operation of many who knew him and extensive research into personal archives and official records, the author has painted a fascinating portrait of the modest young airman who became,quite literally,an overnight sensation.William's early family life, his schooling, his entry into the Army and then the RFC, is meticulously chronicled; here, too,is  the most accurate and detailed account of that momentous night when William shot down SL11 over Cuffley,Hertfordshire; the aftermath,the hero-worship; his  subsequent posting to France;his capture following a disastrous dogfight with Richthofen's Flying Circus;the many escape attempts and his tragic early death shortly after the Armistice. It's a compelling story and the lively text is supported by over 100 rare photos making this one of the most authoritative accounts of a VC -winning airman in WWI   ever written.
Published by Aston in 1989 at £14.95, the book is only available from this website ,signed by the author in limited numbers. Personal dedications are  available on request.

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