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By Michael Molkentin
'I part rolled, and there earlier than my eyes was once as ideal a aim as I had ever visible in my lifestyles. A strain of a thumb, a quick burst, a pant of smoke, a flash of flame, a gap at the clouds-and it used to be over.'
Lieutenant Robert McKenzie, No. 2 Squadron Australian Flying Corps.
When the 1st global battle begun in August 1914, aeroplanes have been a novelty, slightly a decade previous. regardless of this, Australia was once one in all quite a few international locations outdoors Europe to set up an army flying tuition and corps. From a firstclass of 4 pupil pilots the Australian Flying Corps may develop to quantity virtually 4000 by means of the armistice. Its younger volunteers have been pioneers in a very new measurement of war as they struggled for regulate of the skies over the Western entrance and heart East.
Using inner most letters, diaries and legitimate documents, historian Michael Molkentin finds, for the 1st time in over ninety years, the amazing tale of the airmen and mechanics of the Australian Flying Corps. it's a story of heroism and patience; of a battle fought millions of ft above the trenches in plane of bushes and upholstery. hearth within the Sky takes readers up into this chaotic tumult and into the midst of a battle from which just one in Australian airmen emerged unscathed.