Over the Western Front

The front cover to Over the Western Front, the latest book from Steve Buster Johnson

with 6 Squadron Royal Flying Corps

'Over the Western Front with 6 Squadron Royal Flying Corps' is my latest writing project, though I started the research process back in 2003. It was published by Feed-a-Read in the first week of November 2018 and  is available directly from the publisher Feed-a-Read or through any of the major on-line book stores. Click the button below to be directed to the Feed-a-Read website.


The RRP is AU$17 and the postage to anywhere in the UK is AU$5 (equating to approximately £12 per copy including postage). The postage to other countries will be higher, so a better deal may be had through sites such as AmazonAbebooks and the Book Depository.  If you would like to buy a signed copy and do not live in the UK, please contact me and I will be able to sell you a copy from Australia with a reduced postage charge. For those living anywhere in Australia, the cost per copy including postage if you buy a book from me is AU$25.00. Press the HELP menu item and send me a message.

Over the Western Front is divided into two parts:


Part One is an expanded version of my grandfather's war diaries, kept by him for the whole of the time he served with 6 Squadron on the Western Front during WW1. It has been written in the form of a month-by-month journal, covering the period November 1915 to January 1918 inclusive, and describes what is happening within the squadron as well as my grandfather's own personal experiences of the war.

Reproduced below are three pages from Part One, in which my grandfather as an Air Mechanic 1st Class is describing his first month at 6 Squadron, which at the time was operating from an aerodrome at Abeele on the French/Belgian border, on the Western Front about ten miles from the Ypres.

Brief extract from the 6 Squadron journal (for November 1915), taken from Part One of 'Over the Western Front', written by Steve Buste Johnson

Part Two of Over the Western Front is a month-by-month detailed analysis of 6 Squadron's operations during the whole of the Great War, from the time 6 Squadron is sent to France in October 1914 to December 1918, one month after the Armistice was signed. In addition, the complete history of every single aircraft on charge with 6 Squadron during those fifty-one months is provided, along with every known squadron casualty.  

Complementing my first book, For God, England & Ethel, my latest book will give the reader a thorough understanding of the the wartime operations of 6 Squadron and where it fits within the Royal Air Force casualties for the whole of WW1.

Brief extract from the 6 Squadron WW1 operations (for March 1917), taken from Part Two of 'Over the Western Front', written by Steve Buste Johnson

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