Lone Hawk:the Story Of Air Ace Billy Bishop

Paperback | November 1, 2011

byJohn Lang

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A fighter pilot with an instinct for aerial combat, Billy Bishop racked up seventy-two officially confirmed victories and was awarded every major medal including the Victoria Cross. By the end of the First World War, he was considered so valuable as a symbol of the war effort that Canadian authorities insisted he be grounded: his loss would have been devastating to civilian morale.

John Lang's graphic biography touches briefly on Bishop's fortuitous beginnings in Owen Sound, Ontario and then shifts smoothly to the early years of the war and Bishop's emergence as a leader and warrior among his fellow infantry recruits. In a famous, revelatory incident, the Earth-bound Bishop, mired knee-deep in mud, looks up to see a plane belonging to the Royal Flying Corps soaring overhead. That, he decides, is the element for him.

Over the next couple of years Bishop tested himself repeatedly against the best German pilots—and always won.

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A fighter pilot with an instinct for aerial combat, Billy Bishop racked up seventy-two officially confirmed victories and was awarded every major medal including the Victoria Cross. By the end of the First World War, he was considered so valuable as a symbol of the war effort that Canadian authorities insisted he be grounded: his loss ...

John Lang is an award-winning freelance illustrator. He has produced work for a wide variety of magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies and production companies. He lives in Toronto.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 8.98 × 6.01 × 0.3 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143174665

ISBN - 13:9780143174660

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest Portrayal of Billy as a Hero & a Man Reason for Reading: When I was looking up `Hyena in Petticoats' I found this book which belongs to the same publisher`s series, though I can find no name for the series or other books. These two books are obviously matching volumes though. Before reading this book I knew who Billy Bishop was, but I didn't know anything about him. I could have given a one sentence description that covered the basics and that was all. I found this graphic biography to be very entertaining and informational. Of course, it leaves many details out and concentrates on Bishop's time flying as a fighter pilot in France where he was virtually mad with shooting down the Hun before they got him or his men. From this biography Billy comes across as patriotic, a natural born "good shot" and having a fierce hatred for the enemy, simply because they were "the enemy". I didn't find him particularly likable, in fact, his character was quite questionable. Most WWI books I've read are about the trench warfare and this look at the airforce side of the war was very different. After reading the book I searched around to find out more about Billy and found this book had skipped entire chunks of his life but had kept to a fairly specific theme in Bishop's life: his daring fighting victories and his numerous medals won. I could find nothing referring to his personality or character but his lifestyle certainly reflects the type of man depicted here. A very well-done graphic novel about an interesting man whom I wouldn't mind reading more about.
Date published: 2012-07-06