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Jack Stokes Ballard

Luckiest Man Alive Book - WWI Ace Captain John Hedley


Read the transcript of the talk given by VAFM museum director Andy Parks, author and historian Jack Ballard, and grandson Dennis Hedley about one of the most amazing stories of WWI. Then read this book to learn more about the man whose life was amazing both before and after his fall out of, and onto, his aircraft!

From the back of the book,

As the one hundredth year anniversary of World War I continues, discover more information about Captain John H. Hedley. Follow the experiences of this little-known British aviator as he evolves into an ace crewman in the observer cockpit. Holding a unique place in aviator lore, he survives a fall from his observer's seat by landing on the tail of his own aircraft!
Documents and artifacts, recently made available by Hedley's grandson, contribute to the description of Hedley's signature event, his prisoner of war status in World War I, and his postwar transition to an American citizen. Read all the amazing details in The Luckiest Man Alive: The Life of World War I aviator Captain John H. Hedley.
About the Author
Jack Stokes Ballard holds a Ph.D in American history from UCLA, taught history at the U.S. Air Force Academy, served a 27 year career in the Air Force, and worked for Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin) Corporation. He has authored articles and seven books, including War Bird Ace and The 147th Aero Squadron, both regarding World War I aviation history. He currently resides in Centennial, Colorado.

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