by: Stephen T. Lawson [ ]
the machine,Australian pilot Sir Gordon Taylor (66 Squadron) recorded his impressions of flying Albatros D.III 2015/16, captured with Ltn Georg Simon of Jasta 11 in the cockpit ("G.42"). . . "this Hun was a war machine, a weapon of ruthless efficiency; cold-blooded in the metal of its V interplane struts, the Spandau guns, the big engine under the streamlined cowl in the nose, and the instruments and fittings in the cockpit...My thoughts, as I got out of the Albatros' cockpit, can be...expressed, "Give me this aeroplane to fight the war. Let me keep the Sopwith Scout to enjoy myself in the air when the war is won."
the men,I have had the pleasure of knowing the author, Greg VanWyngarden personally for many years. He is tireless in his research and writing. He is by profession a teacher. He is by nature a historian. This second book on the subject of Albatros Aces covers the same time period as the initial work BUT since the Albatros company had a whole series of fighters from 1916 -1918 there are pillots careers presented here that could only get a mention previously. Private collectors have come forward and Greg had presented the impressive images of aircraft we have only guess at before today.
It contains an introduction, four chapters and an appenidices. 96 pages of high adventure.
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Highs: The colour profiles are most impressive with Greg's usual fact grounded approach to research.
Lows: I would like to see these profiles and stories in an anthology by unit. The lozenge camouflage treatment on the relavent aircraft were not discussed in plan view profiles.
Verdict: Highly recommended for the new research and information on the individual pilot profiles.
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