Against the Odds the life of Group Captain Lionel Rees, VC


Against the Odds - the life of Group Captain Lionel Rees, VC
W. Alister Williams
ISBN 1-872424-00-7

The only biography of Wales' first air hero and Britain's first official fighter piulot. Lionel Rees of Caernarfon was a Regular Army officer when war broke out in 1914 and he transferred to the infant Royal Flying Corps. He went to France with 11 Squadron in 1915 and with 32 Squadron the following year. On 1 July 1916 he gained the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest decoration for gallantry in the face of the enemy. He later played a significant role in the very early days of the US Air Force and was one of the founding fathers of RAF College, Cranwell. During the 1920s he was OC Palestine and Transjordan where he developed a passionate interest in aerial archaeology. In 1933 he became the first man to sail solo from britain to the Caribbean and spent several years sailing in the West Indies before settling on the Bahamian island of Andros. A remarkable individual who was once described as ' the bravest man in the world'.

Paperback. Used copy, very good condition.

283pp, illustrated.
149 x 214mm

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