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A Yankee Ace in the RAF: The World War I Letters of Captain Bogart Rogers (Modern War Studies)

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The engines are started, twenty shiny propellers glistening in the sun, forty exhausts rumbling and belching blue smoke. . . . Everything ready, the pilot waves his hand, the blocks are pulled and the flights taxi out one at a time. Away goes the commander, motor roaring, streamers flying, and the rest follow in their proper formation order. A couple of turns around the aerodrome and they're away to the line-up, up, and they soon disappear in the haze. Just beyond that beckoning "haze," Captain Bogart Rogers and his fellow pilots flew into enemy territory to fight the world's first air war. Suffused with the romance of flight and the harsh realities of aerial combat, Rogers's letters to his fiancee, Isabelle Young, vividly detail his wartime experiences against a lethal and elusive opponent exemplified by the likes of Baron von Richthofen's Flying Circus. The son of controversial Los Angeles attorney Earl Rogers ("the greatest jury lawyer of his time," claimed Clarence Darrow) and brother to pioneering Hearst journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns, Bogart made his mark in the Great War. Of the three hundred-plus Americans who joined the British air corps in 1917, only Rogers and two dozen other volunteers became "aces" by shooting down five or more German planes. He himself claimed six "kills" in fighting during the Second Battle of the Marne, the Somme Offensive, Cambrai, Ypres-Lys, and six other major engagements. Rogers also had a definite flair for writing, one that launched his postwar career as a journalist and screenwriter in Hollywood. The letters in this volume are a striking testament to that skill. Lucid, reflective, highly articulate, and touched with flashes of humor, they illuminate the challenges of aviation training, daily life at the aerodromes, the liberating wonders of flight, and the sobering truths of a devastating war. They also reflect Rogers's constant longing for his future bride "Izzy" (who celebrates her 99th birthday in 1996).

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Suffused with the romance of flight and the harsh realities of aviation training and aerial combat, Rogers's letters to his fiancee, Isabelle Young, vividly describe his wartime experiences and provide a glimpse into the life of an exceedingly young volunteer pilot in the world's first air war.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"Bogart Rogers's lively style is ideal for relating the adventures of a young man caught up in the world's first air war. This is a deft and vivid portrait of life in the cockpit". — Lee Kennett, author of The First Air War, 1914-1918. "Rogers's letters chronicle his maturation in the terrible crucible of the air war". — David F. Trask, author of The AEF and Coalition Warmaking, 1917-1918.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700607983
Subtitle:
The World War I Letters of Captain Bogart Rogers
Editor:
Morrow, John H.
Editor:
Morrow, John H.
Author:
Morrow Jr, John H.
Author:
Rogers, Bogart
Author:
Morrow, John H.
Editor:
Rogers, Earl
Author:
Rogers, Earl
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Great Britain Biography.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern War Studies Hardcover
Publication Date:
19961022
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.60x6.45x1.16 in. 1.49 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Military » World War I
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History and Social Science » World History » General
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"Synopsis" by , "Bogart Rogers's lively style is ideal for relating the adventures of a young man caught up in the world's first air war. This is a deft and vivid portrait of life in the cockpit". — Lee Kennett, author of The First Air War, 1914-1918. "Rogers's letters chronicle his maturation in the terrible crucible of the air war". — David F. Trask, author of The AEF and Coalition Warmaking, 1917-1918.
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