Airfields & Airmen Arras (Battleground Europe) by Jack Sheldon

By Jack Sheldon

The newest quantity within the Airfields and Airmen sequence covers the Arras sector. It contains a stopover at to the grave of Albert Ball VC and the graves of Waterfall and Bayly, the 1st British fliers killed in motion. there's a stopover at to the aerodrome from which Alan McLeod took off from to earn his VC and to the grave of Viscount Glentworth, killed whereas flying with 32 Squadron. The German part is definitely coated with visits to their cemeteries and aerodromes. This good researched e-book relives the lethal thrills of struggle within the air over the battlefields of the Western entrance.

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After the town centre, pass the church and follow German signs to the cemetery. Billy-Berclau German Cemetery It is sad to say that the first time I visited this cemetery about two thirds of the metal crosses had been snapped off just above the ground in a mindless act of vandalism. The cemetery staff had been forced to drive the broken ends into the grass to stand them up again. There are a number of memorials to infantry regiments and a red stone pillar in the centre. The two graves (7/321, 7/331) we are visiting are in the top far left corner in a side extension and are in the very back row.

Albert Ball, Britain’s first flying hero. Taken in front of a Nieuport Scout when serving with 60 Squadron. Ball was given a number of mundane jobs or postings which dissatisfied him, as they were ill-suited to his talents. He lobbied for a return to France without success until in February he was notified of a posting to 56 Squadron, who were working up for action in France. He was placed in command of A Flight. The squadron was due to be the first unit to take the new Royal Aircraft Factory SE5 to France.

Turn left onto the D164E2 to Estevelles. Continue through the village and the cemetery is on the left. Estevelles Communal Cemetery There are only two Commonwealth War Graves Commission burials in this French civil cemetery and one contains the remains of the sole Indian ace of the First World War. The grave is situated in the fourth aisle from the entrance about three quarters of the way down. Indra Lal Roy, or Laddie as he was known, was born in Calcutta on 2 December 1898. His father, a barrister, was Director of Public Prosecution in the city.

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