Aerial Chevaliers: The History of Escadrille Spa.15 in World War I
By Matt Bittner
Author: Jon Guttman
Publisher: Aeronaut Books
SPA.15 was one of the oldest French Escadrilles that served in WWI. It actually was formed prior to the war and was initially known as REP.15 as it flew Robert Esnault-Pelterie Type N two-seater monoplanes. Following that it was then known as N.15, flying Nieuports and ended as SPA.15 flying SPAD XIIIs.
The book is broken out into the following chapters:
- Prewar Creation
- 1914 - Movements to the Marne and Beyond
- 1915: First Blood
- 1916: Air Fighting in Earnest
- 1917: Chevaliers in Joust With Death
- 1918: "Sans Peur et Sans Reproche"
- Postwar Postscript: Some Lives After the Armistice
- A Knights-Errant's Wanerings: The Escadrille Since World War I
The book also has the following Appendices:
- Escadrille Spa.15 Combat Log
- Personnel Konwn to have Flown With Escadrille Spa.15
- Spa.15 Personnel who Commanded Other Escadrilles
- Spa.15 Pilots Credited with Victories
This is an excellent coverage of the history of French Escadrille 15 from its creation into modern times. It will satisfy not only the historian but the modeler as well as there are plenty of color profiles showcasing some of the aircraft flown during Escadrille 15's time during WWI.
Now I need to find a 1/72 kit of the REP Type N. While flown in REP.15 they were finished overall in red. Neat!