He published his first book in 1976. He was an Organisation and Methods Officer with the Nationwide Building Society in London before he retired. He now lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, with his wife Heather. They have two sons, Rob and Mike, and five grandchildren.
He was a consultant for the Channel 4 television series Dogfight: The Mystery of the Red Baron. His 1995 book on the Red Baron has been published and reissued by three publishers. He is also one of the founding members of the Cross and Cockade society for World War I aviation historians, which was formed in 1970, and a member of Over the Front, the league of World War I aviation historians.
In total, he has authored over 120 books covering military aviation.
Franks, Norman. Double Mission: Fighter Pilot and SOE Agent, Manfred Czernin (1976, William Kimber, London) ISBN0-7183-0254-0
Franks, Norman. Fighter Leader: The Story of Wing Commander Ian Gleed, DSO, DFC (1978, William Kimber, London) ISBN0-7183-0106-4
Franks, Norman. The Greatest Air Battle: Dieppe, 19 August 1942 (1979, William Kimber, London) ISBN0-7183-0396-2
Franks, Norman. Wings of Freedom:Twelve Battle of Britain Pilots (1980, William Kimber, London) ISBN0-7183-0197-8
Franks, Norman. Sky Tiger: The Story of Sailor Malan (1980, William Kimber, London) ISBN0-7183-0487-X
Franks, Norman. Aircraft versus Aircraft: The illustrated story of fighter pilot combat since 1914 (1986). Grub Street ( ISBN0593010213). American ed. was issued by Macmillan ( ISBN0025406205) OCLC13093976 192 pages.
Franks, Norman; Forever strong: The story of 75 Squadron RNZAF, 1916-1990 (1991) Random Century ISBN978-1-86941-102-2
Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank. Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918 (1992). Casemate Pub ( ISBN0948817542)
Franks, Norman; Giblin, Hal; and McCrery, Nigel. Under the Guns of the Red Baron - The Complete Record of Von Richthofen's Victories and Victims Fully Illustrated (1995 & 2007, Grub Street, London) ISBN1-904943-97-7 (1998 & 1999, Barnes & Noble, USA) ( ISBN0760712093) (2000, Caxton, London). 224 pages.
Franks, Norman; Guest, Russell; Bailey, Frank. Bloody April… Black September (1995). Grub Street ( ISBN1898697086). 314 pages [The two deadliest months for Allied airmen in WW I, April 1917 & September 1918].
Franks, Norman. Who Downed the Aces in WWI? (1996). Grub Street ( ISBN1898697515).
Franks, Norman; Guest, Russell; and Alegi, Gregory. Above the War Fronts: The British Two-Seater Bomber Pilot and Observer Aces, the British Two-Seater Fighter Observer Aces, and the Belgian, Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Fighter Aces 1914-1918 (1997). Grub Street ( ISBN1898697566). 218 pages.
Franks, Norman; Bennett, Alan. The Red Baron's Last Flight: a Mystery Investigated (1997). Grub Street. Reissued as a paperback in 2006 ( ISBN1904943330) OCLC145733071
Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank. The Storks: The Story of the Les Cigognes, France's Elite Fighter Group of WWI (1998). Grub Street ( ISBN1898697817). 160 pages.
Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank; Duiven, Rick. Casualties of the German Air Service 1914-20: As Complete a List as Possible Arranged Alphabetically and Chronologically (1999). Grub Street ( ISBN1902304330). 362 pages.
Franks, Norman; Holmes, Tony. Albatros Aces of World War I (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 32) (2000). Motorbooks International ( ISBN1855329603). 96 pages.
Franks, Norman. Nieuport Aces of World War I (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 33) (2000). Motorbooks International ( ISBN1855329611). 96 pages.
Franks, Norman; Wyngarden, Greg Van; Holmes, Tony. Fokker Dr I Aces of World War I (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 40) (2001). Osprey Aviation ( ISBN1841762237). 96 pages.
Franks, Norman. Buck McNair: Canadian Spitfire ace: the story of Group Captain R.W. McNair DSO, DFC & 2 bars, Ld'H, CdG, RCAF (2001, 2005). Grub Street ( ISBN1904943039) OCLC61755760
Franks, Norman; Giblin, Hal. Under the Guns of the Kaiser's Aces: Bohme, Muller, Von Tutschek, Wolff: The Complete Record of Their Victories and Victims (2003). Grub Street ( ISBN1904010024). 192 pages.
Franks, Norman. Sopwith Camel Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces, 52) (2003). Osprey Publishing (UK) ( ISBN1841765341). 96 pages.
Franks, Norman; Holmes, Tony. Sopwith Triplanes Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces, 62) (2004). Osprey Publishing (UK) ( ISBN184176728X). 96 pages.
Franks, Norman. Jasta Boelcke: The History of Jasta 2, 1916-1918 (2004). Grub Street ( ISBN1904010768). 224 pages.
Franks, Norman. Ton-up Lancs: a Photographic Record of the Thirty-five RAF Lancasters that Each Completed One Hundred Sorties (2005).Grub Street ( ISBN1904943098) OCLC57640345
Francis Warrington Gillet was an American flying ace who served in both the American and British armed forces as a pilot during World War I. With 20 credited aerial victories he was the highest scoring pilot flying the Sopwith Dolphin, and the second highest scoring American, only surpassed by Eddie Rickenbacker.
The following are lists of World War I flying aces. Historically, a flying ace was defined as a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat. The term was first used by French newspapers, describing Adolphe Pégoud as l'as, after he downed seven German aircraft.
Paul Billik was a World War I fighter ace credited with 31 victories. He was killed in a flying accident while pioneering civil aviation.
Generalmajor Otto Fruhner MMC, IC, was a German World War I flying ace credited with 27 victories. He was one of the first aviators to parachute from a stricken aircraft.
No. 87 Squadron RAF was an aircraft squadron of the Royal Air Force during the First World War and Second World War.
Lieutenant Lawrence Kingsley Callahan was a World War I flying ace credited with seventeen victories.
Vizefeldwebel Kurt Ungewitter was a German test pilot for Rumpler Flugzeugwerke and Albatros Flugzeugwerke, aircraft manufacturers in 1913. During World War I, he became a flying ace credited with seven aerial victories. He died in a postwar flying accident on 14 March 1927.
Group Captain Robert Wardlow "Bobby" Oxspring, was a Royal Air Force officer and flying ace of the Second World War.
Captain James William Pearson was an American World War I flying ace credited with twelve aerial victories while flying for the British Royal Air Force.
Offizierstellvertreter Robert Heibert MMC IC was a German flying ace during World War I. He was credited with 13 confirmed aerial victories; he also had seven unconfirmed claims.
Leutnant Adolf Schulte IC was a German World War I flying ace credited with nine aerial victories. His short gallant career would end in a fatal midair crash with his enemies.
Oberleutnant Walter Ewers was a World War I flying ace credited with eight aerial victories.
Flight Lieutenant Nicholas Gresham Cooke, DFC, nicknamed "Lanky", was a Royal Air Force pilot and Second World War flying ace most notable as an ace in a day. He was killed in action over the Dunkirk evacuation beaches.
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