Mannock - S.E 5a
First World War 1914-1918 WWI Aviation Art Print showing Royal Flying Corps Ace Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock engaging a Pfalz D.III from an Original Aviation Art Painting By Roger H. Middlebrook GAvA
The leading ace from the U.K, Edward 'Mick' Mannock was an Irishman, who due to being interned and mis-treated by the Turks gained a fanatical hatred of the Central Powers. Released due to such bad health that his participation in the fighting was considered to be impossible, Mannock proved everyone wrong when he eventually joined the RFC, completing flying training and then being posted to 40 Sqn, where he shot down sixteen aircraft. His tally was to rise greatly during the following year, 1918, when posted to 74 Squadron as a Flight Commander. Here he scored 36 further victories before being posted to command 85 Sqn. He would lose his life when, going against his own teachings, he went to low level to inspect a recent kill and was shot down by ground fire.
It is now generally accepted that the 74 victories often attributed to Mannock is not quite right, with a victory tally of 61 or 62 now accepted by historians.