This book follows the remarkable history of Sopwith Pup N6161, an allied World War One aircraft which was shot down in 1917, then flown by the Germans and is now being recreated to fly again. The author, Andy Saunders, takes the reader through the life span of the aircraft, from the development and naming of the Sopwith ‘Pup’ to its eventual restoration and journey back into the air. The N6161 was built in Kingston and shipped to France in 1917, where it embarked on a brief mission that resulted in its fateful capture by German forces. Sopwith Pup N6161 Reborn contains first-hand accounts from the pilots G. L. Elliott of the allied forces, and Karl Meyer, the German pilot, and accounts of the incarceration of G. L. Elliott as a POW.
After nearly one hundred years since its original flight and capture, the Sopwith has been restored to its former glory by the Historic Aircraft Collection Ltd. after painstaking work and research using the original waxed linen drawings from 1916-1918. It is currently on display at IWM Duxford as part of their Air and Sea exhibition. The aircraft took to the skies once more in 2016 in the capable hands of ‘Dodge’ Bailey who contributes a chapter to the book.
With full colour photos of the reconstruction in process and original photographs from its time in World War One service, this book is the first of its kind, rather like the aircraft itself.