“MEIN GUSTAV” is the result of over fifty years of research into WWI aviation. There is flying aplenty, but pilots only flew so much. Their associates, friends, and lovers enter the tale. Two stories are presented; one British, one German. Corporal Noble-Brown opens the book, a new fighter pilot who encounters a leading German flyer over France. Then is introduced Vizefeldwebel Gustav Model, an infantryman who survived a gas attack, then transferred into the German air service. Their stories are followed within. The women are strong in an era where they were considered as second class citizens. They have dreams and are willing to fight to achieve them. Though begun as a book about flying, “Mein Gustav” is a character driven story.
IRA B CAMPBELL is originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. He has a BM degree in instrumental performance from Youngstown State University with a minor in American history. After moving to Florida, he met and married the love of his life, Paula. They are still married and currently live in North Central Texas. Still active with his trumpet, IRA is an avid entertainer in
many and varied venues. In addition to World War One aviation and music, IRA studies American history, builds scale models and dioramas, continues to write, maintains the family Mustangs, and tries to keep Paula’s pedestal clean.