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Posted By: AndyK
Date Posted: 27 Apr 2011 at 14:13

COLLISHAW & COMPANY: Canadians in the RNAS 1914-1918

J Allen Snowie

Nieuport Publishing Inc, 4152 Meridian Street, Suite 105-221, Bellingham, WA 98226, USA.

270pp, 223×265mm, softback.

ISBN 978-0-69200989-5, $39.95+p&p from the above address or

Surprisingly, more has been written about World War II Canadian Naval Aviators, than those of World War I. Snowie, himself one of the clan, thought he would remedy this, but had not realised the size of the task he had set himself. It took sixteen years and this is the result. The most famous of the 900 plus airmen was certainly Raymond Collishaw, and his story and comments weave in and out of this chronological flow of individual experiences and biographies – rather like a school yearbook. I found it charming and informative – for example the numbers killed in flying accidents nothing to do with warfare is chilling. There is a wonderful chapter about Henry Botterell, the last Canadian World War I flyer who died in 2003. It is interesting that there were enough Canadians to allow them to have a sort of autonomy (Collishaw’s black triplanes) even though they were subsumed into the RNAS. There are six Appendices, and a huge index to track all you need to know about these brave men.

GM Volume 42 Number 1

Posted By: paulbardell
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2011 at 21:32


Posted By: paulbardell
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2011 at 21:33
Andy K

Thanks for this review, i have just ordered this - should get it next week - in time to read it during my holiday.



Posted By: paulbardell
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2011 at 16:39

My copy of this book came today, i am very impressed by this book, and will be starting it over the weekend.




Posted By: greenjellyfish13
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2013 at 22:23
Greetings to everyone. I have just joined the forum and I just found out that this is here. I just wanted to say that I have just orders Collishaw & Company. Canadians in the Royal Naval Air Service 1914-1918. I was given a photo album back in 1976 by a man named Tommy Byers who during WW1 collected photos from people he new before, duringand shortly after the war. There are 380 photos in my album. He has a few photos of Ally Shaw and a photo of Harry Chisam. Both of these men were in the Royal Naval Air Service. I look forward to reading this Book when it comes in the mail. If anyone wants to see any of my photos please feel free to contact me.

Dave Donatelli

Posted By: Badersbusco
Date Posted: 20 Jun 2016 at 15:56
I have a very good book written by a one time only author,Evan Hadingham, who  published his first book on this as a teenager called The Fighting Triplanes. In it is some great profiles and information, spoiled only by the great fighter ace, Raymond Collishaw, who apparently told some(Deliberately?) confusing information to this new, young author, who then had his credibility questioned and never wrote another book for years. Can anyone confirm this? Since then he has written many more and is now Senior Science Editor, NOVA/WGBH (USA). As for Collishaw, His memoirs, titled “Air Command, A Fighting Pilot's Story,” were published in 1973, and he died on September 28, 1976, in West Vancouver, British Columbia, at the age of 82.

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