Lieutenant-Colonel[1] (retired)[2] David L. Bashow (born 1946)[3] is a Canadian author. Bashow served 36 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force.


Bashow was born in Calgary, Alberta. He moved to Fredericton with his family in 1958, and attended high school and then the University of New Brunswick (UNB).[4] He joined the Canadian Air Force after graduating from UNB, serving as a fighter pilot; he has written books on air-force related topics, and has taught both in the United States and in Canada.[5]

Bashow, who lives in Canada with his wife Heather, is an associate professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada,[6] and editor of Canadian Military Journal, a bilingual, peer-reviewed academic journal.[7]

Bashow's book Knights of the Air, about Canadian fighter pilots in the First World War, revisited an aspect of history covered as heroic and chivalrous by earlier writers, including Norman Harris in Knights of the Air (1958), and Arch Whitehouse's The Years of the Sky Kings (1959).[8] Bashow sees the air war as "a dirty piece of business," in which the flying aces "were a rather ruthless bunch, who often travelled alone, looked for the weak or wounded, snuck up behind them and shot them in the back."[8] He weighs in on longstanding disputes, arguing that Billy Bishop did carry out a solo attack on a German aerodrome at dawn and that Roy Brown was not the pilot who shot down the "Red Baron," Manfred von Richthofen.[8]

Bashow's book All the Fine Young Eagles, about the Canadian fighter pilots in the Second World War.[9][4] Bashow had a Starfighter poster on his wall as a teenager, and flew them as a peacetime Air force pilot.[4]




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  6. ^ a b Michael MacDonald (April 19, 2018). "A century later, debate hasn't quit on whether a Canadian shot down the Red Baron". The Toronto Star.
  7. ^ "Canadian Military Journal". Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d Bean, Bill (13 January 2001). "Knights' sky; The story of Canada's First World War fighter pilots, through not-so-rose-coloured aviator glasses". The Record. ProQuest 266949923.
  9. ^ a b Rossiter, Sean (13 January 2001). "Flight corrections: An illustrated volume about Canada's First World War fighter pilots is no mere coffeetable book -- it breaks new ground (book review)". Vancouver Sun. ProQuest 242594407.
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  14. ^ Todd Leopold (October 19, 2015). "Who really killed the Red Baron? Account offers new wrinkle".
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  16. ^ Diehl, James (Spring 1988). "All the Young Eagles (book review)". Air & Space Power Journal. 12 (1): 110. ProQuest 217777072.
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