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By John H. Morrow Jr. ,Earl Rogers

The engines are begun, twenty glossy propellers glistening within the solar, 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 one by one. Away is going the commander, motor roaring, streamers flying, and the remainder keep on with of their right formation order. a few turns round the aerodrome and they are away to the line-up, up, they usually 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 warfare. Suffused with the romance of flight and the cruel realities of aerial strive against, Rogers's letters to his fiancee, Isabelle younger, vividly element his wartime reports opposed to a deadly and elusive opponent exemplified by means of the likes of Baron von Richthofen's Flying Circus.

The son of arguable la lawyer Earl Rogers ("the maximum jury attorney of his time," claimed Clarence Darrow) and brother to pioneering Hearst journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns, Bogart made his mark within the nice warfare. Of the 3 hundred-plus american citizens who joined the British air corps in 1917, in simple terms Rogers and dozen different volunteers turned "aces" through capturing down 5 or extra German planes. He himself claimed six "kills" in battling in the course of 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, person who introduced his postwar occupation 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 remove darkness from the demanding situations of aviation education, way of life on the aerodromes, the releasing wonders of flight, and the sobering truths of a devastating warfare. in addition they mirror Rogers's consistent eager for his destiny bride "Izzy" (who celebrates her 99th birthday in 1996).

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