Fighter Pilot by 'Mc Scotch' William Maclanachan 1st / 1st 1936
London: George Routledge & Son Ltd (1936). A near fine first UK edition of this classic air force biography. The wrapper is in excellent condition with no chipping or tears. It has the smallest amount of wear to the corners. Similarly the book is very presentable and clean with only very faint spotting to the text block and occasional page. Overall a near fine copy.
After two years spent in the infantry at home and no sight of being posted overseas, William MacLanachan, later known simply as McScotch, followed the advice of a friend and applied to transfer into the Royal Flying Corps. Determined to become a single-seater, or “scout”, pilot, his ambition was fulfilled when he made it to the front, joining 40 (Scout) Squadron at Bruay in 1917.
At this time, a fighter pilot’s “‘expectation of life’ was journalistically computed at three weeks.
Amongst the men of 40 Squadron was Mick Mannock, who became a celebrated flying ace and an early theorist of aviation tactics: the two became close friends as war took its toll. It was Mannock who later dubbed him McScotch, in order to be able to distinguish between the two Macs under his command, and the name has endured. This is a very detailed biography of his service.