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  1. Flying Fox: Otto Fuchs: A German Aviator's Story 1917-1918
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  2. Flying Fox: Otto Fuchs: A German Aviator's Story 1917-1918

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Flying Fox is a unique work in aviation literature combining the translation of a German pilot s classic autobiographical novel of flying in the First World War with a historical investigation that both illuminates and expands upon the original narrative. In 1933 the Koehler Verlag in Leipzig published Wir Flieger ( We Flyers ), by Otto Fuchs, who flew and fought in artillery observation and fighter squadrons in the Imperial German air service. The author presented the work as the recollections of an unknown pilot, changing names, unit designations, and airfield locations in order to protect the identities of the persons involved and to thwart inquiry. Adam Wait has not only provided a thoroughly annotated translation of Wir Flieger which retains the vividness of the author s original prose, but has also conducted meticulous research to uncover the true facts behind the story. His findings are related in a chapter-by-chapter commentary, supplemented by an epilogue continuing the story from the point in time at which the novel concludes to the end of the war. A further addition is a previously unpublished chapter of Wir Flieger excised by Koehler, as it did not conform to the heroic ideal of the time. Flying Fox is profusely illustrated with period and present-day photographs and maps that further bring this fascinating tale to life.

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Translation and Commentary by Adam M. Wait
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
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Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This is an autobiographical novel of a German fighter pilot's experences in the First World War. The editor has done an impeccable job of identifying the facts behind the novelization of Otto Fuch's career. The reader gets a fascinating view of the lifesyle, thoughts and emotions of a German fighter pilot of some renown. It is a wonderful counterpart to V.M. Yeates's "Winged Victory" and is unmissable - anyone with an interest in aerial combat should read this book.
A lavishly presented, thoroughly researched, well-written account about the life of & from the perspective of, A German WW1 pilot.
This book is identified modestly as a “translation [of] and commentary” on the 1933 autobiographical novel "Wir Flieger: Kriegserinerrungen eines Unbekannten" [We Fliers: Wartime Reminiscences of an Unknown Airman] by German World War I pilot Otto Fuchs. It is much more than that. But, as "Wir Flieger" was written as a 'roman à clef,' it has been overlooked by many aviation history researchers. For example, Fuchs referred to a fictional commanding officer as “Werner”; however, with help from League member Bruno Schmäling, Adam Wait learned that Fuchs actually wrote about Jagdstaffel-Fūhrer [fighter unit leader] and 20-victory ace Oberleutnant Hans Bethge.

Augmenting his research with help from British and German colleagues, Wait determined that Fuchs’ mention of a connection to “Jagdstaffel 100” alluded to the famous Jasta 11 and that “Hauptmann von Ziethen” was a cover name for... Read more
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