British Aviation Squadron Markings of World War I--RFC, RAF, RNAS, by Les Rogers, Schiffer Military History, 2001; 296 pp., 12-1/4" x 9-1/4", hardcover, profusely illustrated with photos and color profiles; ISBN 0-7643-1284-7; $69.95.
For the 40 or so years that this reviewer has been reading British squadron markings articles and monographs by Les Rogers, he has always been amazed at the amount of new material that the London-born researcher has presented. With the advent of this massive book--covering all Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force and Royal Naval Air Service units--Rogers has produced the ultimate illustrated British markings book of the 1914-1918 war.
Proof of Rogers' skill in gathering the widest variety of photos can be seen by comparing the new volume with Rogers' latest Datafile monograph on Sopwith Camel markings. Both are excellent works, with minimal duplication of photos and, indeed, distinctive information in each treatment of much the same material. The large format of 'British Aviation Squadron Markings of World War I--RFC, RAF, RNAS' offers more and bigger photos of aircraft, with high-quality scans of original photos prepared by Over The Front's own Aaron Weaver.
Adding to the large number of photos and the helpful captions and texts, this volume also offers some 150 large-size color side and other aircraft views prepared by Bob Pearson.
Les Rogers' book is a visual pleasure and offers many interesting discoveries. It is highly recommended.
submitted by Peter Kilduff