King of Air Fighters
The Biography of Major “Mick” Mannock, V.C., D.S.O., M.C.
Wing-Cmdr. Ira Jones
Major “Mick” Mannock, VC, was the top-scoring RAF air ace of the First World War, an almost legendary figure who personified the bravery and modesty that came to be expected of aerial heroes. While other aces of that war became better known, Mannock in his own quiet way topped them all, with an official tally of 73 victories by the time of his death. On the award of his posthumous VC the London Gazette described him as “an outstanding example of fearless courage, remarkable skill, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice that has never been surpassed.”
King of Air Fighters is an exciting account of Mannock’s character and career by another great air ace. For author “Taffy” Jones himself ranks sixth in the British list of First World War aces with 41 victories. This is a tale of adventure, courage and gallantry told with an experienced insider’s understanding of the feelings and psychology of the air aces, and with a thorough analysis of aerial combat techniques.