War in an Open Cockpit. The Wartime Letters of Captain Alvin Andrew Callender, R.A.F.

CALLENDER, Gordon W., Jr. and Gordon W. Callender, Sr., (editors).

Published by (1978) World War I Aero,, West Roxbury, MA:, 1978
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Title: War in an Open Cockpit. The Wartime Letters ...

Publisher: (1978) World War I Aero,, West Roxbury, MA:

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: printed heavy paper wrappers.


octavo, 108pp. Alvin Andrew Callender, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 4, 1893, was educated at Boys High School and Tulane University. He received his degree in architecture in 1914. After serving on the Mexican Border with the Louisiana National Guard's Washington Artillery in 1916, he was frustrated in attempts to enlist in the Aviation Section, U.S. Army Signal Corps. In the summer of 1917 he crossed the Canadian Border to join the Royal Flying Corps. After commissioning he became an instructor flying gunnery training "machines" in Canada and Texas. Among his students were several ensigns from a group of U.S. Naval Officers who later established a gunnery training school at the "Pensacola Naval Air Station." Another of his students from this group was Ensign James Forrestal. Callender completed his training on fast single-seaters at the Central Flying School, Upavon, Wiltshire. By May 1918 he was piloting a S.E. 5a over the Western Front. As a member of No. 32 Squadron, Royal Air Force, attached to the R.A.F.'s IX Brigade, he saw action in every major German, British and French offensive during the last six months of the War and was credited with 14 victories. This publicaiton of Alvin Callender's wartime letters reflects over twenty years of research related to British aviation during the 1914-1 918 War and to the part, largely anonymously played, by Americans serving in the Royal Air Force. Noffsinger 427. Illustrated with photographs, line drawings and two fold-out maps. Includes a list of reference works. With the bookstamp of aviation book collector Steve St. Martin. A fine copy. First Edition Limited to 500 numbered copies. Bookseller Inventory # 24518

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