Airfields & Airmen Cambrai by Mike O'Connor

By Mike O'Connor

This most recent ebook at the Airfields & Airmen of the 1st global battle 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 similar to Beauchamp Proctor VC flew and there's a stopover at to the yank cemetery at Bony that includes a variety of aviators.

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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. His younger brother Gilbert served with 40 Squadron RAF during the summer of 1918. Ben Strange, brother of Louis Strange. Gilbert, known as Ben, was born in February 1899 and had been a student at St Edward’s School, Oxford, from October 1912 until April 1916.

He scored the first official Jasta victory on 24 Augusr 1916. ) The cemetery is divided into ten plots and Reimann is buried in the far right corner from the entrance in Plot 5. At the rear is a mass grave of 1,439 soldiers, of whom 1,355 are unknown. There are 4,477 burials in all. Leopold Reimann, who claimed the first official Jagdstaffel victory, and was killed at Famars on 24 January 1917. Reimann and the first Jasta claim Reimann was born in December 1892 in Saxony and had earned the Iron Cross Second Class in August 1914 while serving with a pioneer battalion.

Each was a self-supporting organisation with its own Aircraft Park for issuing new machines, its own Kite Balloon Wing and all the other ancillary units such as ammunition columns, lorry parks etc. The Royal Air Force The public outcry about the German air raids on Britain, particularly the daylight aeroplane raids of the summer of 1917, forced the government to completely reappraise the whole question of the air services. A committee under the great South African statesman Lieutenant General Jan Christian Smuts examined all aspects of air policy and organisation.

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