The following provides a list of books concerning 56 Squadron, written by former 56 Squadron personnel or contain significant content regarding the Squadron.
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Mr. Alex Revell has done extensive research on 56 Squadron during
WW1 and produced several excellent references in this regard:
High in the Empty Blue:
The History of 56 Squadron, RFC/RAF, 1916 to 1920, (Flying Machines Press,
No 56 Sqn RAF/RFC (Aviation Elite Units), with Harry
Dempsey (Osprey Publishing, 2009)
Brief Glory: The Life of
WW1 Fighter Ace Arthur Rhys Davids, DSO, MC ( Pen & Sword Books,
Fighter Aces!: The Constable Maxwell Brothers – Fighter Pilots in Two World Wars
(Pen & Sword Books, 2010)
The following books were written by 56 Squadron personnel and,
hence, provide excellent first-hand accounts of squadron life.
Flying Fury, Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps, Major James T. B. McCudden,
VC, DSO, MC, MM and Croix de Guerre (Casemate Publishers, 2009)
Sagittarius Rising, Cecil Lewis (Penguin Classics, 2014; first
published by Peter Davies Ltd, 1936)
Wind in the Wires, Duncan Grinnell-Milne (Grub Street, 2014;
first published by Hurst and Blackett, 1933)
Scarlet and Khaki ... [Reminiscences of the Hunting-field and of the
European War of 1914-18.], Thomas Bertrand Marson (Jonathan
Cape, 1930). This one might be hard to find as it has long been out
of print, but if you can find it, it provides a good account of the
Squadron's first year by the person who was the Recording Officer.
It also contains a number of actual combat reports from the likes of
Albert Ball and Arthur Rhys Davids.
Boy: Life as a Battle of Britain Pilot, Barry Sutton, DFC (Amberley
Sir William Orpen, KBE, RA, was an official artist during WW1 and
painted a number of portraits of 56 Squadron personnel. Some of these were published in his
book, now available via Project Gutenberg: