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    Mike, a fairly recent biography of Fisher is Jan Morris, Fisher’s Face, an interesting, well-written pyschological study of this complex man rather than a bland naval biography.
    Churchill’s somewhat self-seeking but very useful The World Crisis: 1911-1918, London 1923-27 (my copy is the revised edition of 1932) offers a short chapter on Churchill’s relationship as First Lord of the Admiralty with Fisher as First Sea Lord just before and at the start of World War I.
    For a good outline of the RNAS / FAA, try Bernard Ireland’s Illustrated Guide to Aircraft Carriers of the World, London 2005. There will be many others on this topic. I also recommend the Fleet Air Arm Museum’s DVD Ark Royal which includes fascinating film of Ark 3 in WW2 and my old ship Ark 4 in the 1960s with good, informative to-camera pieces, particularly by Captain Ted Anson of Ark 4.
    As we approach the centenary of the start of naval aviation in 2009 I also suggest contacting the FAA Museum at Taunton who have good material, and of course for both Fisher and the RNAS / FAA, contact the Naval Historical Branch at Pompey.