Airfields & Airmen Cambrai by Mike O'Connor

By Mike O'Connor

This most up-to-date booklet at the Airfields & Airmen of the 1st international 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 akin to Beauchamp Proctor VC flew and there's a stopover at to the yank cemetery at Bony that encompasses a variety of aviators.

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The value of this was demonstrated during the war when a host of furniture and wagon making companies could be subcontracted to manufacture aeroplanes or aeroplane parts. There was criticism from some areas that the Factory was a government monopoly and this came to a head in 1916 with the so-called ‘Fokker Scourge’ when British losses increased considerably due to obsolete machines. These had been largely products of the Factory. Friction arose as the Factory felt it should supervise and co-ordinate the efforts of the private makers, whilst the independent aeroplane makers feared the paralysing effect of officialdom.

The value of this was demonstrated during the war when a host of furniture and wagon making companies could be subcontracted to manufacture aeroplanes or aeroplane parts. There was criticism from some areas that the Factory was a government monopoly and this came to a head in 1916 with the so-called ‘Fokker Scourge’ when British losses increased considerably due to obsolete machines. These had been largely products of the Factory. Friction arose as the Factory felt it should supervise and co-ordinate the efforts of the private makers, whilst the independent aeroplane makers feared the paralysing effect of officialdom.

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.

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