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Sky Devil: Hell’s Skipper

By Harold F. Cruickshank

SkyDevil : Hell's SkipperAll along the Western front, everyone was out to get The Sky Devil’s Brood! There was no better flight in France. Led by Captain Bill Dawe, the famous Yank ace known to all of France as the Sky Devil, the brood consisted of Chuck Verne, Mart Bevin, Slim Skitch and Slug Walton. The crimson devil insignia on their silver Spads brought fear to any German pilot unlucky enough to meet them in the air. But the Sky Devil’s greatest enemy might just be his own C.O., Major Petrie, who had been railroaded into command of 120 Squadron over Dawe’s head. Jealous of Dawe’s popularity, Petrie will do anything to bring down “The Sky Devil’s Brood!”

Prolific pulpster Harold F. Cruickshank penned Twenty-nine exciting adventures of the Sky Devil. They appeared in the pages of Dare-Devil Aces from 1932-1935. Age of Aces collects fourteen of them here in Volume 1. Also included in this volume, Don Hutchison provides some insight into Cruickshank’s career.

Stories include:

  • “Sky Devil’s Trap” – Dare-Devil Aces, April 1932
  • “Hell’s Skipper” – Dare-Devil Aces, September 1932
  • “The Sky Devil’s Brood” – Dare-Devil Aces, October 1932
  • “The Sky Tiger” – Dare-Devil Aces, December 1932
  • “Captain von Death” – Dare-Devil Aces, January 1933
  • “The Flaming Ace” – Dare-Devil Aces, February 1933
  • “Sky Devil’s Trap” – Dare-Devil Aces, March 1933
  • “The Haunted Fokker” – Dare-Devil Aces, April 1933
  • “Buzzard’s Brand” – Dare-Devil Aces, May 1933
  • “Torpedo Buzzards” – Dare-Devil Aces, June 1933
  • “The Bat Patrol” – Dare-Devil Aces, July 1933
  • “Hell Buzzards’ Nest” – Dare-Devil Aces, August 1933
  • “The Sky Cobra” – Dare-Devil Aces,September 1933
  • “The Outlaw Ace” – Dare-Devil Aces, October 1933


  • “Harold F. Cruickshank (1893-1965)” by Don Hutchison
$16.99 | 6″x9″ trade paperback | 334pp | ISBN:978-0-9794092-6-4