A Medal for Life: Biography of Capt Wm. Leefe Robinson, VC by Leslie Wm. Bills soon to be presented for sale on the incomparable BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount Limited, 1990, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Signed by the author on the title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Silhouettes; Appendices ;
From the cover: Captain William Leefe Robinson, VC, RFC, was the first aviator to bring down an airship over England, at Cuffley, Hertfordshire, on 3 September 1916, for which feat he received the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the face of the enemy.
Robinsons fame immediately become world-wide and honours and gifts were showered upon him, to his embarrassment. Shortly after his triumph he was sent to France as a Flight Commander and met in combat the notorious Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Taken prisoner, he escaped on many occasions, resulting in very harsh treatment by his German captors.
The author has received stories from elderly eye-witnesses to the destruction of the ill-fated airship, Shutte-Lanz SL11, many of whom sent letters of memories long forgotten, of crushes on the airman who brought it down and the adulation of a grateful population.
William Leefe Robinson typified the courage and spirit of the young men who fought the first Battle of Britain in the First World War.
In 1988 the decorations and memorabilia of this gallant gentleman were auctioned at Christies, London, on the instructions of his niece, Mrs R. G. Libin, and the proceeds raised were used to fund a charitable trust entitled A Medal For Life to help children suffering from Leukaemia.
In the Into Battle series.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 148 pages. Bibliography. 9¼” x 6¼”.
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