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Airfields & Airmen Cambrai by Mike O'Connor

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By Mike O'Connor

This newest ebook at the Airfields & Airmen of the 1st global conflict 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 resembling Beauchamp Proctor VC flew and there's a stopover at to the yankee cemetery at Bony that features a variety of aviators.

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War came in August 1914. 2 Squadron made the epic flight down from their base at Montrose in Scotland, and yet 2, 3 and 4 Squadrons were all at Dover by the evening of 12 August, with 5 Squadron arriving two days later. 6 Squadron was given the job of preparing the aerodrome at Dover and some of their personnel made up the numbers of the other squadrons. The squadrons crossed the Channel on the morning of 13 August. There had been meticulous planning for this operation with all the support transport collected at Regents Park and consisting of motor cars and commercial vehicles still in the gaudy colour schemes of their previous owners.

Finally, the Allied blockade reduced the amount of fuel that German aeroplanes were able to use. At the Armistice on 11 November 1918 the German army had some 280 flying units and a personnel total of about 4,500, which was considerably less than the RAF. Nevertheless, it had been effective in the way it had been employed. Under the terms of the Armistice the German air service handed over all its fighters and bombers and although some aeroplanes were used in fighting on the Eastern front during 1919, it was officially disbanded in May 1920.

Leutnant Martin Demisch in his Albatros DV of Jasta 58. The unit marking was a black band behind a white spinner. Dehmisch, born in Bautzen in 1896, had claimed ten victories between June and September, all with Jasta 58, of which five were observation balloons. He was wounded in the engagement with 40 Squadron and died of his injuries the following day. In his flying logbook Louis Strange wrote: Wire from 40 Sqdn. Poor old Ben missing. Flew down, other pilots gave very little hope. Ben had just shot down one EA & was tackling another when two Huns dived on him from above & altho’ immediately attacked in turn had evidently got the poor old boy, as he went down quite out of control, altho’ not seen to crash.

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