By Mike O'Connor

This most recent e-book at the Airfields & Airmen of the 1st global struggle covers the earliest days of the RFC with the retreat from Mons. We stopover at the graves of Fokker Eindecker aces and the airfields the place the 1st Jastas have been shaped. additionally lined are airfields from which Allied aces comparable to Beauchamp Proctor VC flew and there's a stopover at to the yankee cemetery at Bony that includes a variety of aviators.

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Look out for those two Huns on the left,” he called over his shoulder. ” Bott realised the fire was spreading and, despite his bulky clothing, managed to squeeze down the fuselage between the bracing wires and beat the fire out with one of his gauntlets. After much struggling he was able to wriggle back to his seat. By now we were at close grips with the enemy, and our machine and another converged on a Hun. V was firing industriously. ” I caught sight of a Boche bus below us, aimed at it, and emptied a drum in short bursts.

Blériot, the eldest of five children, was born on 1 July 1872 at his parent’s house in the rue de l’Arbre à Poires in Cambrai. At the age of ten he was sent to boarding school in the town and in 1887 went to live with his aunt in Amiens while he studied there. Having obtained his engineering diploma in 1891, he spent a year completing his compulsory military service in the 24th Artillery Regiment. On his return to civilian life he spent six years in Paris working for an electrical company. In 1897 Blériot started his own business making a lamp which burnt a mixture of gasoline and oxygen and had a very long and bright beam.

The grave we have come to visit is that of Leutnant Martin Demisch. It is situated half way down the left half of the cemetery in Plot 1 and is in the middle of a row. Leutnant Martin Dehmisch Jasta 58 (1/394) In Airfields and Airmen: Ypres page 47 we read an account by Louis Strange of the first gas attack, which occurred in the Ypres area during April 1915. By the end of the war Strange had reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was commanding an RAF Wing, having been awarded the DSO, MC and DFC.

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