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Books I've Owned Since I was A Kid. Part 9. [Aug. 21st, 2010|04:59 pm]
Tony Grist
The title of the book is Death in the Air, the War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot. Heinemann published it in 1933. It has no name attached to it- not even that of an editor. My copy cost me 8/6d off a book stall at a Scout jamboree- and nurtured me in my desire to fly Sopwith Camels when I grew up.

There was always a certain aura of "this is too good to be true" about it.  In 1984 experts at the Smithsonian proved it to be the creation of one Wesley David Archer- a model-maker for the film industry.

So, these pictures are fakes, but...  well... judge for yourselves...


[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2010-08-22 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, fab! The title isn't in my collection but I believe I've seen some of the photos since their exposure as fakes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-22 06:17 pm (UTC)
The picture of the burning Albatross is particularly amazing. I'd love to know how he did it.
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