Please note: In order to keep Hive up to date and provide users with the best features, we are no longer able to fully support Internet Explorer. The site is still available to you, however some sections of the site may appear broken. We would encourage you to move to a more modern browser like Firefox, Edge or Chrome in order to experience the site fully.

Bloody April : Slaughter in the Skies over Arras, 1917, Paperback / softback Book

Bloody April : Slaughter in the Skies over Arras, 1917 Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


The story of the decimation of the Royal Flying Corps over Arras in 1917As the Allies embarked upon the Battle of Arras, they desperately needed accurate aerial reconnaissance photographs.

But by this point the Royal Flying Club were flying obsolete planes.

The new German Albatros scouts massively outclassed them in every respect: speed, armament, ability to withstand punishment and manoeuverability.

Many of the RFC's pilots were straight out of flying school - as they took to the air they were sitting targets for the experienced German aces.

Over the course of 'Bloody April' the RFC suffered casualties of over a third.

The average life expectancy of a new subaltern on the front line dropped to just eleven days. And yet they carried on flying, day after day, in the knowledge that, in the eyes of their commanders at least, their own lives meant nothing compared to the photographs they brought back, which could save tens of thousands of soldiers on the ground.

In this book Peter Hart tells the story of the air war over Arras, using the voices of the men who were actually there.


Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Also by Peter Hart  |  View all