The newest addition to the Grub Street Classics range is this fascinating, insightful and, at times, nail biting account by the World War One veteran, Leonard H Rochford This book has been out of print for than thirty years and we are delighted to be putting it back on the shelves, with black and white photographs throughout In these exciting memoirs, Tich Rochford writes about his two action filled years as a World War I fighter pilot with the famous No 3 Naval Squadron when he flew planes such as the Sopwith Pup and the Sopwith Camel While flying many hundreds of hours in operations he was credited with many single handed victories or driven out of control, and he vividly recalls these engagements in the air and the exploits of the pilots with whom he flew, names that include other fighter aces like Raymond Collishaw, who has written a foreword to this book, T F Havell, R H Mulock and L S Breadner A member of his flight, Lt Col Kirkpatrick said of him, I always had the impression that what he did came naturally to him If he saw an enemy aircraft and decided to attack, that was that He went screaming down on it and we all had our work cut out to keep up with him One could be pretty sure of the victim going down in flames REVIEWS This excellent autobiography is highly recommended.Over the Front Autumn 2015...
|Title||:||I Chose the Sky|
|Publisher||:||Grub Street Publishing July 19, 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||796 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
I Chose the Sky Reviews
I enjoyed this autobiography possibly more than any other WW1 air combat account. I've read many, from Rickenbacker to Richthofen, from Udet to Gould Lee. Rochford's style is easy and very descriptive. His technical details are very satisfying. Anecdotal accounts, both personal and observed, are interestingly described. I love this book.
In my early teens, I first learned about the author Leonard Rochford from a book containing the stories of fighter aces from the First World War to Vietnam. So, when I learned earlier this year that his memoir "I CHOSE THE SKY" was being republished, I resolved to buy it as soon as it became available.
I thought the book would be more of a story telling or a novel type based upon true experiences. It was a documentary of flights, missions, and participants. Considering the many event details and names mentioned, I was somewhat bored after half the book but I finished it anyway. I passed the book on to my 55yr old son who is an avid reader. I'm anxious to get his take.