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    Posted: 14 Oct 2010 at 10:19


Michael J Partridge

Eastbourne College Arnold Embellishers, Marlborough House, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JY. Email

172pp, 150×215mm, hardback.

ISBN 978-0-9554940-1-7, £12.00

This is a book about an Old Boy of Eastbourne College called Minchin, who is a bit of an enigma. After leaving school, he scraped into the Army, but was soon cashiered. When the Great War started, he joined up again, and became (surprisingly) a Lt Colonel in the RFC/RAF. He served in the Middle East and the Balkans and finished the war with a CBE, DSO and two MCs. Even so, he ruffled a few feathers; H.A. Jones served under him and barely mentions him in his majestic history. He took a permanent commission, but soon resigned and became involved in civil aviation. Eventually he disappeared in 1927, attempting to be the first pilot to cross the Atlantic from East to West. So he was a good leader, but a bit of a villain. He was hopeless in civilian life with money and women, but a charmer. The part of the book about his wartime experiences is interesting, and that about the early days of flying in peacetime more so. I don’t know what to make of him, but I enjoyed the book. Mike O’Connor wrote the Foreword, and a summary account appears on p202 in this issue.

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