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By John H. Morrow Jr. ,Earl Rogers

The engines are begun, twenty glossy propellers glistening within the sunlight, 40 exhausts rumbling and belching blue smoke. . . . every little thing prepared, the pilot waves his hand, the blocks are pulled and the flights taxi out separately. Away is going the commander, motor roaring, streamers flying, and the remainder stick to of their right formation order. a number of turns round the aerodrome and they are away to the line-up, up, and so they quickly disappear within the haze.

Just past that beckoning "haze," Captain Bogart Rogers and his fellow pilots flew into enemy territory to struggle the world's first air battle. Suffused with the romance of flight and the tough realities of aerial wrestle, Rogers's letters to his fiancee, Isabelle younger, vividly aspect his wartime stories opposed to a deadly and elusive opponent exemplified via the likes of Baron von Richthofen's Flying Circus.

The son of arguable la lawyer Earl Rogers ("the maximum jury legal professional of his time," claimed Clarence Darrow) and brother to pioneering Hearst journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns, Bogart made his mark within the nice struggle. Of the 3 hundred-plus american citizens who joined the British air corps in 1917, basically Rogers and dozen different volunteers grew to become "aces" by way of capturing down 5 or extra German planes. He himself claimed six "kills" in scuffling with through the moment conflict of the Marne, the Somme Offensive, Cambrai, Ypres-Lys, and 6 different significant engagements.

Rogers additionally had a distinct aptitude for writing, one who introduced his postwar profession as a journalist and screenwriter in Hollywood. The letters during this quantity are a extraordinary testomony to that ability. Lucid, reflective, hugely articulate, and touched with flashes of humor, they light up the demanding situations of aviation education, everyday life on the aerodromes, the freeing wonders of flight, and the sobering truths of a devastating battle. additionally they replicate Rogers's consistent eager for his destiny bride "Izzy" (who celebrates her 99th birthday in 1996).

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