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Flying Ace: The Story of Jack Fairfax is a fictional diary written by Jim Eldridge. It is Eldridge's third book for My Story and twenty-fifth overall in the series. The book was published by Scholastic UK in November 2003 and reissued in January 2014 with new cover art. It was followed by Anne Boleyn and Me by Alison Prince.


"To Lynne"

Book description[]

"June 1916
My plane began to fall out of the sky and I went into reflex action, remembering the many times I'd practised "what to do in the event of engine failure". Only this was not just a failed engine, this was a dead engine. And I was 10,000 feet above the ground in a machine that was suddenly heavier than the air I was flying in. I was fighting a losing battle against gravity. And then an even bigger horror... the German's bullets had cut through my fuel line and I was being sprayed with gasoline. It was every pilot's nightmare, to be trapped in a burning plane...

"It's 1915, and Jack Fairfax has joined the Royal Flying Corp with his best friend. Straight out of school and ready to do battle in the skies, Jack has no idea what losses lie ahead.
When tragedy strikes, he seeks his revenge, before returning home for the last time. But not everyone will be so lucky...



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Flying Ace characters


Main article: Jim Eldridge



  • The portrait on the cover of the first edition is a detail from a 1918 photograph depicting officers from the No. 1 Squadron RAF. A larger section of this photo was included at the end of the book.[6][7]
  • The cover of the second edition was illustrated by Sam R. Kennedy.


See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!

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