The Royal Navy’s Air Service In the Great War. By David Hobbs. Seaforth Publishing, Barnsley, 2017
Reviewed by Tim Coyle
The first of April 2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Naval Air Service’s absorption, together with the Royal Flying Corps, into the Royal Air Force. The creation of the combined air service led to an unsatisfactory melange of RAF administration, aircrew and engineering staff with Admiralty operational control which lasted until 1937 when the RN took back its Fleet Air Arm.