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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers (May 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904010652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904010654
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Beautifully written with a poet's eye as well as a pilot's eye.' Southern Evening Echo; 'The only book about flying that isn't flannel.' Anonymous Fighter Pilot, 1941; 'Not only one of the best war books...but as a transcription of reality, faithful and sustained in its author's purpose of re-creating the past life he knew, it is unique.' Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter, written in 1935"

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This book is probably one of the best aviation books I have ever read.
Amazon Customer
All in all, with the supplemental material, I found the Yeates novel very good.
Robert E. Wittmeyer
Altogether, a great read and a book that I will re-visit from time to time.
Dana A. Hess

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By KOMET on September 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
By chance, I came across this book a few years ago, read it, and now treasure it among my favorites.

The author gives an unvarnished account of a young RFC/RAF fighter pilot's experiences on the Western Front during the spring and summer of 1918.

Despite the glamor often associated with the public image of the "dashing airman" of the First World War, he faced a variety of hazards, from anti-aircraft fire, collision in a dogfight, to the prospect of a fiery death from "the Hun in the sun".

In "WINGED VICTORY", the reader is given access to the all the perils, fears, and frustrations faced by the young pilot Tom Cundall, who, each day he went off on patrol, gambled with his life and fought to keep his sanity, never knowing which friends wouldn't return to the aerodrome. Or whether he would survive or be maimed or crippled.

Unlike their German counterparts (who had the "Hennecke" harness in the later stages of the war), the Allied airman was issued no parachute.

"WINGED VICTORY" brings back the immediacy of what it was like to be a British fighter pilot on the Western Front in the last year of the First World War. Highly recommended.

P.S. One minor note: Cundall flew a Sopwith Camel, not an S.E.5A as featured on the cover.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dana A. Hess on December 6, 2004
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What a remarkable book! There really aren't that many stories of WWI aviation that I haven't read, so I was delighted to find this one on Amazon. It's written with marvelous attention to detail and with a great sense of authenticity. Often I had to pause to look up a word that has fallen out of usage these days. As other reviewers have mentioned, there are no "knights of the air" in this story, just young men doing a job the best they can. In fact, the story's protagonist often finds himself mourning the deaths of the German airmen that fall to the British Vickers machine guns. My only complaint (a minor one) is the cover: It shows an SE5a in a dogfight. Tom and his squadron fly the now-famous Sopwith Camel. Altogether, a great read and a book that I will re-visit from time to time.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Foley on June 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Biplanes were (and still are) very cute. There is a mystique about them that transcends even steam trains. There is a mystique about the noble Knights of the Air of the Great War with which we love to associate ourselves and wish we could share in that Great Adventure. There are people who would give anything to be there.
But being there, we would do anything to get out. You stayed because your comrades needed you, because your country called you, because they would shoot you if you ran away. But there was no mystique, no great adventure. Just constant fear, constant danger, thousands upon thousands of bullets fired at you till the risk of death or maiming became probability and then virtual certainty. Tearing your flesh, burning your living flesh, in agony. And to survive was to see friends die, waves of friends passing through while death missed you by inches, knowing how stupid it was to hope to escape till the end of your six months at the front.
This is not a book about the grand and chivalrous knights of the air, jousting in single combat over the fields of France. It is a book about Fear, and the torture of Fear. It is a book about a War without purpose or reason prolonged by corruption and the genocidal stupidity of a generation of Generals and politicians, from which the only bright light was the courage of men. This is not a comfortable book at all. It was written by a man who was dying as he wrote it, with nothing to lose and a young family he knew that he would never see grow up, as he tried to leave behind something for them in a world already escalating towards another paroxysm of madness.
I have been changed by reading this book. It is one of the best books I have read. I am very very glad I was not there in 1918. There is no glory in death.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2006
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This book is probably one of the best aviation books I have ever read. This book is a fictionalized account of Victor Yeates owns experiences and it really draws you in.

Tom Cundell is the main character and he wrestles with: fear, loneliness; worries of cowardliness and just wanting to stay alive.

At certain times in the book you feel his pains and longings and loss of friends. Cundell is not the heroic aviator we have gotten used to reading about, but an average man who was swept up by patriotic fervor to enlist in the infantry and, after seeing the futility of trench warfare, transfers to the Royal Flying Corps. As an average man, who only wants to survive the war, he is even more the hero for overcoming his fears.

Victory Yeates wrote this book in 1934 while dying of tuberculosis. This book never got the acclaim it deserves but hopefully, in reprint, it will take its place as one of the best aviation books ever written.

A truly great war book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ged Smith on March 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is THE book about war flying. Long out of print, if you are lucky enough to find a copy, keep it safe. Do not let your dog eat your other copy (that's what happened to me).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher G Hey on July 14, 2001
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As a boy I learnt that copies of Winged Victory were changing hands between WW2 Bomber Pilots for £5 (or $20) a time - a considerable sum. Having read it I found out why - it contains some of the best descriptions of the sensations of flying in general - in particular the description of a flight near London remains in my memory - it also gives the feelings of a First War pilot before, during and after action. Every time I get a copy some one 'Borrows' it and it never returns. My next copy will be kept under lock and key - it's that good!
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