By William Cooke

Wings Over Meir is a hugely readable and meticulously researched account of the Potteries' now mostly forgotten aerodrome. In atmosphere the scene, the writer strains the district's lengthy historical past of involvement in aerial goals, from balloon ascents and death-defying parachute drops to a few of the country's earliest flying and gliding exhibitions. between a bunch of memorable characters are Dolly Shepherd, Samuel Cody, Gustav Hamel, Harold Hales, and Reginald Mitchell - a tender witness to a couple of those exciting (and now and then hilarious) occasions. After the advance of the aerodrome, flying actions have been targeted at Meir and the airfield welcomed the most celebrated airmen of the day, together with Charles Barnard, Sir Alan Cobham, and Charles Scott. Their highly well known 'flying circuses' are vividly evoked inside of those pages. It used to be, although, as an RAF education tuition that the aerodrome got here into its personal, first as a base for the fledgling pilots of the Volunteer Reserve, then as a full-time RAF station upon the outbreak of warfare. The publication profiles a few of the pilots who informed there, together with no less than twelve of 'The Few', one of many Dam Busters, and 4 of these who took half within the nice get away from Stalag Luft III. This interesting glimpse into the area's heroic previous can also be a relocating tribute to people who didn't return.

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