Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight


The first comprehensive biography of Canada’s third-highest- scoring ace in the First World War.

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly a biplane or triplane in the First World War? Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight takes you to the Western Front during the Great War. Experience the risks of combat and the many close calls Collishaw had as a pilot, flight commander, and squadron leader. Understand the courage Collishaw and his fellow flyers faced every day they took to the air in their small, light, and very manoeuvrable craft to face the enemy.

As the third-highest-scoring flying ace among British and colonial pilots in the First World War, scoring 60 victories, Collishaw was only surpassed by Billy Bishop and Edward Mannock. This book traces Collishaw’s life from humble beginnings in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to victories in the skies over France.


Gunn’s biography which comes complete with scores of in flight combat sequences is well illustrated, detailed, and at times gripping.

Concise and accessible, Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight will appeal to general readers and aviation enthusiasts.

This is an outstanding book which any Exex-Cadet cadet with an interest in the history of the Great War simply won’t want to miss.


About the Author

Roger Gunn

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Roger Gunn

Roger Gunn is the author of Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight, the first comprehensive biography of Canada's second-highest-scoring ace in the First World War. Roger lives in Edmonton.