In the annals of modern warfare, for close to a century it has been the fighter ace (today's equivalent of the brave and chivalrous knight of Medieval times) who has been feted and celebrated for his exceptional skill in handling a single-seat fighter plane in aerial combat on behalf of God and country. By way of contrast, the reconnaissance and bomber pilots of World War I --- who, in the course of their less glamorous (though no less important) roles in gathering intelligence, artillery spotting, and bombing and strafing enemy positions, managed to shoot down 5 or more enemy planes (i.e. the yardstick from which "aces" are made) in combat whilst protecting themselves from enemy planes that sought to impede them from carrying out their missions --- were often unsung heroes.
Here in this book, Jon Guttman gives the reconnaissance and bomber pilots of the war who "made ace" their proper due. Whether British, French, American, German, or Austro-Hungarian, their stories are writ large. And as with any Osprey book of this genre, there are plenty of photos and colorful illustrations. I'm glad I bought this book because I learned so much from it. As well as a better appreciation for the dangerous and hazardous work these pilots performed in combat.