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The life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO MC*
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Brief Glory - The life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO, MC* - Pen & Sword books -






Arthur Rhys Davids was shot down and killed in October 1917. He was just twenty and had been flying over the Western Front with No. 56 Squadron for six months. He had entered the Royal Flying Corps direct from Eton College. In his brief operational career he was awarded the Military Cross twice and the Distinguished Service Order once. In the opinion of the commanding officer of his squadron he deserved the Victoria Cross. He came to public fame after shooting down German ace Werner Voss.

Rhys Davids was more than an outstanding fighter pilot, he was a man of thought as well as a man of action. Coming from an intellectual family, he was a brilliant classicist and popular with his fellow pilots in the RFC including James McCudden.

Alex Revell has written a sensitive and deeply moving biography. It is based on letters from Rhys Davids early boyhood days at Eton to his last letter written on the night before he died.

Link:
Many thanks to Pen & Sword Aviation Books for the review copy, buy it here; www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
Rating:
A brilliantly researched biography of the short life, and even shorter combat career of a young R.F.C. pilot who managed the incredible feat of winning a D.S.O. and two M.C.'s in just six months with No. 56 Squadron.
Recommended!
Brief Glory - The life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO, MC* - Pen & Sword books -
 
 
Brief Glory - The life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO, MC* - Pen & Sword books -
Title:
Brief Glory The Life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO MC*
Author:
Alex Revell
ISBN:
9781848841628
Format:
Hardback, 240 x 165mm, 260 pages including black and white photographs
Publ. date:
May 2010
Brief Glory - The life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO, MC* - Pen & Sword books -
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