Reading it, you get to know the squadron: Jock, Canada, Mick, Chilly, Tod, Rex, Kaffir and all the others. When one is missing after a run-in with the enemy, you suffer. When the author gets depressed and hits the bottle, you worry. When he meets a girl, you cheer.There was also information about how the pilot found the camera on a downed German plane, complete with a miraculously undamaged lens and ultra-fast shutter. He wrote of how he mounted it to his plane, and set up the camera to capture a single image when he fired his machine gun. The public clamored for more information, and journalists wanted to meet the widow of this amazing pilot, photographer, and writer, but Cockburn-Lange politely declined, staying hidden from the public eye. Most wanted to know more about the pilot and his life, but some were skeptical from the beginning (Google books preview). How was it, if the images were captured when he fired his gun, were there British planes focused in the frame? And why were the tires of the planes so clean, when the runways were all dirt? How did he capture so many images, when pilots didn't fly that often, and there wasn't a skirmish in every flight? But the images were still stunning, and the story stuck. Some images were used on book jackets, and many people bought copies of the astounding images.
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