— Rackham to Clyde Blackburn, after the latter cheated
Biography[edit | edit source]
Test Flight[edit | edit source]
Rackham appears in the chapter Friends In High Places, and is first seen playing cards with Blackburn inside a hangar. Although Rackham wins the game, Blackburn has both of his legs tied to the chair he was sitting on, giving him the opportunity to take Rackham's Bristol F2.B by posing as him. Wilson, the gunner, is tricked into thinking that Blackburn is Rackham for most of the chapter.
Forte et Fidele[edit | edit source]
After Blackburn carries Wilson back from no-man's-land into friendly territory after their Bristol gets shot down later in the chapter, Rackham apprehends Blackburn and orders him to be court-martialed for impersonating him. Afterwards, while Blackburn (with one of his hands tied to a railing), Wilson and Rackham are on a Dreadnought stationed near London, England waiting for court proceedings to begin before the ship gets attacked by a squadron of German planes. Blackburn demands that he be released, but Rackham refuses to let him go. It is only shortly afterwards that Rackham is killed by machine-gun fire during a strafe from a German aircraft, giving Blackburn a chance to fly another Bristol after Wilson releases him.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Rackham hails from nobility as he is the son of fourth Earl of Windsor.
- Of all the fictional Earldoms that could have been chosen, the 'Earl of Windsor' was an odd choice of title for the plot. The only title Windsor has been associated with is the 'Duke of Windsor', created and granted to King Edward VIII upon his abdication in 1936, a very infamous event. However, this may be part of the unreliable narrative of the story.
- To further the unreliable narrative theory, Blackburn would certainly have seen the name 'Windsor' associated with aristocracy in the newspapers, when the British Royal Family adopted the name on the 17th July 1917.