Fighter Pilot

Author: McScotch

Price: $22.24

Hardcover: 276 pages

Publisher: Casemate (April 19, 2015)

Language: English

Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1 inches

1. Introduction

“McScotch” himself describes his book and pays tribute to a colleague in this note, which appears at the front of the volume:

“This book consists of the reminiscences of an ordinary fighter pilot of the R.F.C. who had the privilege of serving in one of the leading Fighter Squadrons and who had the honor of being the friend of the supreme fighter of all the Air Forces, that indomitable and lovable patriot, ‘MICK’ MANNOCK, V.C., D.S.O., M.C.”

Available records and publications show “McScotch” himself as a fighter pilot with 40 Squadron, holding the rank of lieutenant and then captain. He is credited with 12 kills of German opponents.

This is a detailed and exciting account of squadron life and shows the bravery and true comradeship of these flyers.


This reviewer considers William MacLanachan’s Fighter Pilot to be one of the best World War I air combat narratives ever produced. This book is worthy of the highest recommendation.

Over the Front Summer 2015

2. Comment

1) By John Herzfeld on April 19, 2016

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This author of his experiences as a pilot in World War 1 brings to life the first use of airplanes used in combat. The problems faced by the men flying these craft were many; still these "stout fellows" preferred the risks involved better than life in the trenches. However, those who were in the infantry preferred trench life after watching planes do down in flames. The author singles out individual and includes an analysis of some of the men in his squadron; especially his friend who was credited with 40 victories over the Germans. The language is very proper British with no cursing and no mention of any sex life even though it must have existed when they frequently went into towns at night. I enjoyed the book since some of the aircraft mentioned I had made models of as a kid growing up in the thirties.

2) By Reviewer xyz on May 20, 2016

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Very interesting book on WWI British fighter pilots flying wood and canvas planes. Badly damage your lower wing on landing? No problem! a new one can be bolted on in about 30 minutes, and you can be on your way up again.

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