Over the Western Front – Derbyshire’s ‘top guns’

Derbyshire First World War Pilot

Barry M Marsden looks at some of the First World War aerial aces  who hailed from Derbyshire.

ALTHOUGH the First World War broke out only eleven years after the first flight of a frail and flimsy aeroplane, by 1914 the aircraft had developed as a serious weapon of conflict, first as a reconnaissance and photographic tool, then a bombing machine and finally as a fighter or scout…