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In the Misty Skies of WWI France, History is written with flaming guns.

Yank airman Hugh McQuillen had smashed his way into those history books as “The Iron Ace.” Flying his deadly war plane adorned with the Laughing Skull, he was a grim and unrelenting instrument of war who killed Germans with such ruthless efficiency that he became known on both sides of the line as “The Assassin.” McQuillen believed there was no way to decently bring men to a violent end, so he would not bow to the “chivalry of the air” practiced by his R.F.C. mates and the Germans. This made the Iron Ace many enemies, and they would stop at nothing to bring an end to his savage reign.

Written by William E. Barrett, the nine tales of “The Iron Ace” appeared in Sky Birds magazine from 1933 through 1934. Barrett is best remembered for his novels, most notable of which are The Left Hand of God and Lillies of the Field. The illustrator was Eugene M. Frandzen whose work from 1929 to 1939 regularly appeared as interior story illustrations and covers for many aviation pulp magazines, such as Airplane Stories, Flying Aces, The Lone Eagle, Sky Birds, Sky Fighters, War Aces, and War Birds.

Source: Age of Aces

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Comment by lord_k on November 25, 2011 at 2:48pm

My pleasure, Dexter. Without Age of Aces it was impossible to make it. Great website, fine books too.

Comment by Dexter Go-Grandski on November 25, 2011 at 2:39pm

Great illustrations, bravo lord K, thank you;)

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