The greatest aerial warfare photos go down in flames

In the early 1930s a book of photographs from the aerial combat of WWI was published in England and the US. The photos were amazing, full of details that few outside of the pilots themselves had ever seen. But even then, there were doubters. not helping matters, the pilot/photographer was anonymous, citing RAF regulations regarding unofficial war photography. Then WWII began and the world turned its attention elsewhere.

It wasn’t until the early 1980s that anyone paid any attention to the photographs again. Aviation researcher Peter Grosz, who was investigating Austro-Hungarian planes of 1914-1918, randomly chanced upon them while working at the Smithsonian. He saw that the photos were good, and simply too good to be true.

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