This work follows the First World War career of Captain (later wing commander) Edwin Swale, CBE DFC and bar, who served with 210 Squadron RAF, piloting Sopwith Camel scouts between March and October 1918. During this timeframe, he destroyed seventeen enemy aircraft, the majority being the formidable Fokker DV11. He undertook a series of perilous operations, including patrols, bombing and strafing missions and bomber escorts.
After the cessation of hostilities, he continued his flying career by piloting gliders over his native Derbyshire. He rejoined the RAF during the Second World War and ended the conflict as an intelligence officer in charge of Ultra operations with the 2nd TAF. His son Duncan also served in the RAF during the Second World War, flying low-level intruder operations in de Havilland Mosquitoes and earning a DFC and a US DFC. Swale also gave noted service to his native Chesterfield as a councillor, alderman, mayor and JP.
This is his story, told in full and thrilling detail.
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About the Author
Barry M. Marsden is an esteemed author and historian. Previous publications released include Portraits of Heroes: Derbyshire Fighter Pilots in the Second World War (2011, Amberley Publishing), Tracks and Trackless: Chesterfield's Trams and Trolleybuses (2012, Amberley Publishing) and Prehistoric Pathfinders: Pioneers of English Archaeology (2014, Fonthill Media). He lives in Eldwick, West Yorkshire.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Boyhood and Biplanes 1
Chapter 2 Above the Trenches 11
Chapter 3 Camel Ace 33
Chapter 4 Peace and War 61
Chapter 5 'Like Father …' 77
Chapter 6 A Busy Life 87
Appendix: Combat Claims - Captain Edwin Swale DFC and Bar 93