This lesson looks at the reasons why air power became an increasingly important part of warfare in World War I. As each side became more aware of the potential of reconnaissance, observation and bombing raids, they quickly built and developed their planes. However the sudden need to shoot down these aircraft quickly gave rise to dog fights and flying aces. Much of the excellent video footage used links to the documentaries posted by Dan Snow on the BBC.
The second part of the lesson therefore looks at one of these men, Jimmy McCudden, a flying ace from Kent. The question is asked ‘does he deserve more recognition for his gallantry’ other than a couple of inscriptions on gravestones and on a war memorial?
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