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“The President’s son will be returned if you send us Captain Ayres in exchange.” From the enemy camp came this message. And as Dusty answered, he knew he was starting on the greatest mission of the war, playing a lone hand against the Black Invaders, who sought to crush America beneath their barbarous wings! One of the premiere air pulps, today as collectible as they come. And written by a genuine flyer: Bowen served in the RAF in World War I and brought his personal experience of air combat into these near-future, slightly sci-fi pulp stories.
This from pulp expert Michelle Nolan: "Robert Sidney Bowen was among the most prolific authors of the pulp era, penning hundreds of stories and novels about aviation and sports in an unusual career. Dusty Ayers was never in the comic books, and thus less known than the likes of Bill Barnes and Tailspin Tommy, but his fantastic adventures doubtless would have made for some great graphics. He was the type of fearless character who no doubt turned on many future aviators in the 1930s and 1940s."
After World War I broke out in Europe, future, Bowen left school to drive an ambulance for the American Field Service (AFS) in France. In May 1917, the United States Army Ambulance Service took over the AFS, and Bowen, being underage to serve, returned to the United States. When he turned seventeen, he signed up with Great Britain's Royal Flying Corps as a Flight Cadet. He went through several phases of training, including basic military training, ground instruction, and flight instruction. Bowen was granted a temporary commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force on June 20, 1918.
In July 1918, he went overseas to England, and was assigned to the 84th Squadron, R.A.F. fighting in France on SE5 fighter aircraft. He saw limited air combat over France but achieved no victories that could be documented by the authorities despite claims of shooting down two enemy airplanes on the eve of the Armistice. He wrote to his family, "I reported my flight, but it was hard lines for me because I have no idea where the German planes went down and therefore they can't be credited as official... My bus has 33 bullet holes in it and three in my flying suit, which shows I was in some close action." After the end of hostilities at the Western Front, Bowen transferred to the United States Army Air Service.
Bowen turned to writing in 1930, using his prestige as editor-in-chief of Aviation Magazine to write Flying From The Ground Up, a non-fiction work on how to fly an airplane. He began freelancing for pulp magazines. In 1934, he started his own pulp magazine, Dusty Ayres And His Battle Birds, for Popular Publications. Twelve issues were released. Bowen continued writing for mystery, adventure, sports, and aviation pulp magazines through the 1950s.
After the invasion of Poland by Germany in 1939 sparked World War II, Crown Publishers called Bowen, asking for an adventure story based on the war. The Dave Dawson series, also known as the War Adventure series, was the result. Bowen got to work immediately, and the first book, Dave Dawson At Dunkirk, was published in 1941. 15 volumes were released between 1941 and 1946.
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Item Code DUS02 Publisher Altus Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781618272874 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 5x8 # Pages 152pg Color Text/b&w
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