Wings Over Meir by William Cooke

By William Cooke

Wings Over Meir is a hugely readable and meticulously researched account of the Potteries' now principally forgotten aerodrome. In environment the scene, the writer lines the district's lengthy background of involvement in aerial targets, from balloon ascents and death-defying parachute drops to a couple of the country's earliest flying and gliding exhibitions. between a number of memorable characters are Dolly Shepherd, Samuel Cody, Gustav Hamel, Harold Hales, and Reginald Mitchell - a tender witness to a few of those exciting (and now and then hilarious) occasions. After the improvement of the aerodrome, flying actions have been targeted at Meir and the airfield welcomed probably the most celebrated airmen of the day, together with Charles Barnard, Sir Alan Cobham, and Charles Scott. Their highly renowned 'flying circuses' are vividly evoked inside of those pages. It used to be, although, as an RAF education tuition that the aerodrome got here into its personal, first as a base for the fledgling pilots of the Volunteer Reserve, then as a full-time RAF station upon the outbreak of battle. The e-book profiles a number of the pilots who knowledgeable there, together with at the very least twelve of 'The Few', one of many Dam Busters, and 4 of these who took half within the nice break out from Stalag Luft III. This interesting glimpse into the area's heroic prior is additionally a relocating tribute to those that didn't return.

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