Peter Kilduff is recognized as an authority on WW1 aviation and the Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen) in particular. As an expert on German records, Kilduff describes what the German records say and don’t say regarding each of Bishop’s 72 aerial victories.
The German aviation records are incomplete due to WW2 aerial bombing, others were lost or didn’t make it into WW1 records, and some are too vague for verifying particular aerial combats.
It quickly becomes clear, however, that no conclusions about the veracity of a victory claim by Bishop or anyone else is possible simply because of a lack of German records regarding that event. This is not a hagiography, however. Kilduff points out that Bishop “inflated” the drama of his combats in his private letters home and “embellished” his stories in later years.
Billy Bishop VC contains all of the qualities that have made Peter Kilduff’s biographies such outstanding works. This is an indispensable work for anyone seeking to understand Billy Bishop’s story.
Len's Summary: Wartime exploits of an all-but-forgotten German ace; Kilduff’s 13th book on WWI aviation. // The story of German ace Carl Degelow and his squadron of mostly Fokker D-VII recounted by a premier aviation historian.
We invite you to participate in the WW1HA’s first Fireside Chat (via Zoom) at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST on Saturday 11 March. The topic is “Rekindling the Spirit: What Excites YOU About WW1.” During 2023 we will be hosting quarterly chats with different themes as a way to increase our touch points with WW1HA members. To participate, send your email to President, Randy Gaulke.
As a result of the Covid-19 epidemic, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter switched to online Zoom Seminars that are open to all. These take place at 1:30pm EST / 10:30am PST on the second Saturday of each month. The speaker for 11 March Seminar is James Gregory, talking about his book “Unraveling the Myth of Sgt. Alvin York: The Other Sixteen.” Join in!
The Spring 2023 issue of World War One Illustrated should be printed and in the mail in April.
As President, I’m looking for ways to breathe new life into this organization—especially as Covid-19 moves from a pandemic to an endemic. Do you have creative ideas? Comments and suggestions are always welcome.