Fearless: The Extraordinary Untold Story of New Zealand's Great War Airmen
More than 1000 New Zealanders served in the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Air Force.
Several, including Sir Keith Park, later became senior air commanders of the Second World War. Among them were leading air aces, including Keith Caldwell, Ronald Bannerman and the famous tennis player Anthony Wilding. A special type of New Zealander who craved risk and adventure, and who loved speed and engines, they went up in tiny, fragile aircraft to face enormous danger. If they survived their training -- and many did not -- then they had to survive encountering the German air aces.
Historian Adam Claasen tells their fascinating and little-known story, and explains how their courage enabled military aviation to develop.
Longlisted for 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards - The Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction.