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Welcome to Cross & Cockade International!

The purpose of Cross and Cockade International is to provide quality detailed information on, and promote research into, all aspects of aviation up to the end of the First World War. We do this primarily through our quarterly journal available by subscription, and by occasional seminars and informal local meetings. The Society has existed in it's present form since 1970 and in various forms since at least the early 60s. 

2021 Subscriptions are now available - see Membership menu above. If you have not yet paid for your 2020 Subscription, please do so; they are still available: If you are not yet a member and wish to join and receive our quarterly journal, please subscribe using the link to the right or by using the "Membership" menu above.

We have a large selection of second-hand, mainly WW1 aviation-related books for sale - please browse the Shop menu above. However, postage rates to anywhere outside Europe have been massively increased – particularly those to the USA. We’re being told this is due to the reduction in air travel caused by Covid-19. Normally, spare aircraft hold capacity is used for airmail – but now there is no “spare” capacity. Royal Mail (and other carriers) are having to buy cargo space at the going rate – which is much higher than the norm. They’re passing the increase on to us - so sadly we have to pass it on to OUR customers. Please note that this does NOT affect the current journal, or any deliveries to the UK or the rest of Europe. For books and back issues, the cost of postage to the rest of the world will be higher than you might normally expect! Rest assured, we’ll be carefully monitoring postage prices and will lower our prices - as soon as we are able. But we are considering a review of our subscription costs later this year for the same reasons. 


Despite the Covid crisis journal production continues, and the Society will function and develop as planned except for face-to-face contact. 

We regret to announce that we will not be present at the IPMS model exhibition at Telford this year, where we normally present a prize for the best WW1 model, for obvious Covid reasons.  



It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Paul Leaman on 8th April at age 90. Paul was a founder member of the Society and our Chairman for many years.

Paul was a hugely knowledgeable and prolific author on all matters to do with WW1 aviation. He was the membership secretary of the Essex Chapter of Cross and Cockade, which became Cross and Cockade GB in 1970. Paul ably led the Society for over twenty five years. He was our longest serving Chairman and, when he stood down in 2005, was elected a lifetime Vice-President in recognition of his many achievements. Paul’s immense contribution is honoured in the commemorative Paul Leaman Lecture, delivered ever since 2005, at our Annual General Meeting.

Hopefully, we will be able to publish his final work, a monograph on the RE8, in the not too distant future as a fitting tribute to one of the Society’s outstanding figures. He was the author of a fine monograph on the Fokker Dr.I.

Paul’s leadership, passion and dedication will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and condolences go to Christine and to their family. The obituary published in Journal 51/2 can be accessed here


The most recently updated entries on our news and up-coming events section (bottom of this page) are:

The updated Index to Volumes 1 to 50 of the Journal, compiled by Derek Riley has been added - see under Useful Stuff, below.  

"Jewish Flyers in the World War" - the latest book to be published by CCI, a reprint and update of a book published in Germany in 1924; 

The National Aerospace Library have updated their podcast with articles that could help while away the time during the covid19 lockdown. See the aerosociety podcast link below, in Latest News and Useful Stuff. 


Our quarterly journal is at the heart of the Society: 

Volume 51/3, Autumn 2020 is now available  - so all members should have your copy by now.

Our 2021 Calendar  is now available - Click here to buy one. 


Issue 34 of our popular free email newsletter Wind in the Wires compiled by David Marks, went out in May, containing all the latest events and news relating to our fascinating subject. Subscribe here to receive future issues. Back numbers are available in the link below, under "Useful Stuff". We've over 1,200 subscribers - and it's free - so why not see what you're missing? PLEASE NOTE that if you think you've subscribed, but haven't received your issue, you'd do well to check your spam filter(s)!

Another batch of pre-loved WW1 aviation books will soon be available on the web shop - all at very reasonable prices. Watch this space!

We have an active Facebook page, cared for by Adrian Roberts; plus a twitter account@crosscockade which is also growing in popularity!


Current Journal, Vol 51/3:

 Articles in this issue:

Rene Fonck - Allied Ace of Aces, Part 1: David Méchin 

Frank Thomas Digby DSO DSC: Anne and Roger Taylor 

Royal Aircraft Factory BE8 and BE8a: Paul Hare 

 Greek Naval Airmen at War, Part 2 : Paschalis Palavouzis 

Gazetteer of British Flying Sites in France, Belgium and Germany, 1914-1920, Part 3:  Peter Dye, Roger Austin, Mick Davis

Obituary - Colin Ashford

.......And the Editorial by Graham Chisnall 


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