Billy Bishop VC Lone Wolf Hunter: The RAF Ace Re-Examined

Billy Bishop VC Lone Wolf Hunter: The RAF Ace Re-ExaminedBilly Bishop VC Lone Wolf Hunter: The RAF Ace Re-Examined by Peter Kilduff
ISBN: 190980813X
Published by Grub Street on October 19, 2014
Genres: Aviation
Pages: 192

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.

Steve Suddaby, past president WW1HA

Billy Bishop VC Lone Wolf Hunter: The RAF Ace Re-Examined

Billy Bishop VC Lone Wolf Hunter: The RAF Ace Re-ExaminedBilly Bishop VC Lone Wolf Hunter: The RAF Ace Re-Examined by Peter Kilduff
ISBN: 9781909808133
Published by Grub Street Publishing on October 19th 2014
Genres: Aviation, Biographies and Memoirs, Military
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: Does not settle the argument about the disputed number of Bishop’s aerial victories, but rather trolls the relevant sources letting the reader reach his or her own conclusions.

Black Fokker Leader: The First World War’s Last Airfighter Knight

Black Fokker Leader: The First World War’s Last Airfighter KnightBlack Fokker Leader: The First World War’s Last Airfighter Knight by Peter Kilduff
ISBN: 9781906502287
Published by Casemate Publishers on May 1st 2009
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Aviation
Pages: 256

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.

Hermann Göring Fighter Ace: The World War I Career of Germany’s Most Infamous Airman

Hermann Göring Fighter Ace: The World War I Career of Germany’s Most Infamous AirmanHermann Göring Fighter Ace: The World War I Career of Germany's Most Infamous Airman by Peter Kilduff
ISBN: 9781906502669
Published by Casemate Publishers on June 1st 2010
Genres: History, Military, Aviation, World War I
Pages: 224

Len's Summary: A master WWI aviation historian examines Göring’s record as a military flyer and combat leader.