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Title: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 20, 2022, 01:39:02 AM
Guynemer Scores Thirty-Fifth Victory
(from the Quebec Telegraph, 19 March 1917):


(https://i.imgur.com/LMNlDav.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (in the news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 21, 2022, 01:01:28 PM
Shower Bombs Upon Zebrugge; Great Air Battle in Alsace
(from The Day, New London, CT, 1916):


(https://i.imgur.com/B3ARIHu.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (in the news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 22, 2022, 04:46:36 AM
Five Dollars in GOLD Paid for Model Airplanes:
(from the Spokesman-Review; Spokane, Washington, 1916)


(https://i.imgur.com/6HijHQ6.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation in the news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 23, 2022, 02:24:43 AM
Flying High
(from the Sydney Morning Herald, 1914):


(https://i.imgur.com/qGun7Z6.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation in the news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 24, 2022, 12:56:49 AM
Zeppelins Bomb Paris
(from the Evening News, San Jose, 1915):


(https://i.imgur.com/Wd5qrfk.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation in the news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 25, 2022, 09:08:35 AM
Prince Freidrich Karl Shot Down By British
(from the Toronto World, 1917)


(https://i.imgur.com/SX7Loxa.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation in the news)
Post by: macsporran on March 25, 2022, 08:59:54 PM
A busy day in 1918 as can be seen from this extract from Communique 132 of the RFC. This was the penultimate communique before the RFC transitioned into the RAF.
A 'Bloody Paralyser' flew an 81/2 hour mission to bomb Cologne and 90,000 rounds were fired in ground attacks on enemy troops. Harvey and Moore in a Bristol Fighter knocked down an Albatros D.V amongst many other victories.
Great to hear the boot was on the other foot compared to a year earlier!
Sandy
Title: On this Day (WWI aviation in the news)
Post by: James on March 25, 2022, 11:00:08 PM
Thank you PJ for posting the newspaper clippings. Fascinating and insightful reads. Sandy, thanks for posting the communique. May I ask where you got that communique?

James
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 25, 2022, 11:11:14 PM
French Destroy Enemy Aircraft
(from the Toronto World, 1917):


(https://i.imgur.com/km8tpDz.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation in the news)
Post by: macsporran on March 26, 2022, 09:09:19 PM
Sandy, thanks for posting the communique. May I ask where you got that communique?
James

Excellent little book from Grub Street publishers - includes the weekly communiques from RFC HQ in France - known irreverently to RFC crews as 'Comic Cuts'!
S
Title: On this Day (WWI aviation in the news)
Post by: James on March 26, 2022, 10:04:29 PM
Sandy, thanks for posting the communique. May I ask where you got that communique?
James

Excellent little book from Grub Street publishers - includes the weekly communiques from RFC HQ in France - known irreverently to RFC crews as 'Comic Cuts'!
S

Sandy, thank you my friend. I will check it out now and see where I can find it.

James
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 27, 2022, 11:57:14 AM
Reports of Mysterious German Giants
(from the Cambridge Times, 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/uXRLGWU.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 28, 2022, 06:05:51 AM
Royalty Under Fire Over Front
(from the Youngstown Vindicator, 1917):


(https://i.imgur.com/4Sg7cGX.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 29, 2022, 11:09:01 AM
Strafing near Suez
(from The Day, 1916):


(https://i.imgur.com/udWPE0r.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 30, 2022, 11:36:07 AM
Putnam Attains Ace Status
(from the Pittsburgh Press, 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/dup2NpN.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 31, 2022, 11:24:04 AM
Beware of Female Spies!
(from the Spokane Daily Chronicle, 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/3OTu23G.png) (https://i.imgur.com/QDeGBNB.jpg)
(poster printed in 1917)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on March 31, 2022, 11:42:10 PM
British 'Destroyers' top 150mph
(from the Lewiston Evening Journal, 31 March 1917):


(https://i.imgur.com/uzxKCN5.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 02, 2022, 12:00:35 AM
Introducing the Ilya Muromets
(from the Morning Leader, 1914):


(https://i.imgur.com/wXmmfcv.png)

For an idea of size, check out IanB's 1/72 in-progress build from 2017: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=1903.0
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 03, 2022, 11:29:17 AM
This could almost have been an April Fool's post...
(from the Portsmouth Daily Times, 1917):


(https://i.imgur.com/MmjyidJ.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 04, 2022, 06:04:29 AM
Much Allied Aerial Activity
(from the Montreal Daily Mail, 1916):


(https://i.imgur.com/BFVpzct.png) (https://i.imgur.com/85CXwmO.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: Rookie on April 04, 2022, 06:26:07 PM
These newspaper articles are fun to read, please keep them coming PJ!

Willem
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 04, 2022, 11:37:42 PM
Glad to hear.  Will do!  Everyone else is welcome to contribute too.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 05, 2022, 12:13:00 AM
Zeppelins Guided by Radio
(from Popular Science Monthly, 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/MlNYdgh.png) (https://i.imgur.com/pwNnGgm.png)

Check out MoFo's amazing 3D-printed 1/350 Zepp model: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11834.msg221251#msg221251
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 06, 2022, 01:25:14 AM
Seaplane Saves Sinking Seaplane
(from the Montreal Gazette, 1916):


(https://i.imgur.com/cMkWwrO.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 07, 2022, 12:13:14 AM
Pégoud Captures Taube
(from the Lewiston Evening Journal, 1915):


(https://i.imgur.com/kd0hywH.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 07, 2022, 11:22:52 PM
Crashes in Cemetery Carrying Corpse in Coffin
(from the Paterson Press, 1914):


(https://i.imgur.com/mrXbKKr.png)
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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 09, 2022, 12:05:37 AM
Battling Bird Men: Boelke, Immelman, Althaus, Pegoud, Guynemer, Garros, Warneford, Thaw, et al.
(from the Cayuga Chief, 1916):


(https://i.imgur.com/UgVgxft.png)(https://i.imgur.com/t9ZjCSZ.png)(https://i.imgur.com/3G28bfK.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 10, 2022, 06:57:23 AM
Fierce Week-end Fighting over France
(from the Morning Leader, 1916):


(https://i.imgur.com/uRmXboa.png) (https://i.imgur.com/sXNN7Ju.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 11, 2022, 03:36:45 AM
"Fast Eddie", one of America's top race-car drivers and future ace of aces, proposes an elite Aero Squadron comprising motor racers.
(from the Crawfordsville Review, 1917):


(https://i.imgur.com/Uj4eDBt.png)

Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 11, 2022, 11:33:38 PM
Fighting Fokkers
(from the Evening Independent, 11 April 1918)


(https://i.imgur.com/QpyVbzU.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 12, 2022, 08:51:42 PM
FIVE HUNDRED Zeppelins Ready to Raid
(from the Warsaw Daily Union, 1915):

(https://i.imgur.com/J7Yqid4.png)

******************************************************************************************************************

Field Marshall von Hindenburg Hit
(from the Windsor Record, 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/oi5vTY8.png)

Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 13, 2022, 11:43:17 PM
The Canadian Call Answered by Collishaw?
(from the Montreal Daily Mail, 1915)


(https://i.imgur.com/nmc8NDV.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 15, 2022, 04:17:26 AM
US President's Son Joins Canadian Air Service:
(from the Post Express, 1917):


(https://i.imgur.com/Uov2XNz.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 15, 2022, 03:54:29 PM
Tryggve Gran's Amazing Story
The Antarctic explorer and advisor to the failed Scott Expedition, who was the first solo flyer across North Sea, joins the RFC after using fake name.  He allegedly shoots down Hermann Göring five months later; befriending him after war.
(from the Sunday Morning Star, 15 April 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/KhbIya8.png)(https://i.imgur.com/xJ2RQwZ.png)
(Photograph published in his 1919 Memoir, '"Under Britisk Flag - Krigen 1914-1918"
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 16, 2022, 03:44:13 PM
German Zeppelins Successfully Bomb Chicken Coop
(from the Sydney Morning Herald, 1915):


(https://i.imgur.com/3oABrx6.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 18, 2022, 10:06:51 AM
Fate of a Gotha... and its Flying Canine Co-Pilot
(from the Sydney Mail, 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/qp4pzKe.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 19, 2022, 12:35:39 AM
Fallen Figher Flown OUT of No-Man's Land
(from The Century, 1918)


(https://i.imgur.com/mjHptWj.png)(https://i.imgur.com/qBEuQwy.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: Rookie on April 19, 2022, 02:25:57 AM
What a great story!

Willem
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 20, 2022, 07:59:05 AM
Wonder if it actually happened...  I searched briefly further for 'Captian Jaumotte', but didn't find anything significant.  Good storytelling at least.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 20, 2022, 08:11:12 AM
Legendary Flyer Garros is Captured! 
(from the Meriden Daily Journal, 1915)


(https://i.imgur.com/WDUJbcr.png)(https://i.imgur.com/C0KYOjL.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 21, 2022, 10:33:02 PM
Recalling a Duel in the Lafayette Flying Corps
After the war the narrator, Granville A. Pollock, became commanding officer of the NYPD Aviation Unit
(from the Toledo News-Bee, 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/9G8F9EJ.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/MUbnbs9.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: macsporran on April 22, 2022, 06:58:24 AM
April 21 1918, of course saw the demise of a certain Rittmeister, but he was not the only German casualty by far as witnessed in this extract from the Casualty lists. A bad day for les sales Boches!
Sandy 
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: macsporran on April 22, 2022, 07:04:34 AM
Apologies to those who've seen this one before - but it is the one day of the year I can re-post it!
Sandy
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: Rookie on April 22, 2022, 07:29:18 AM
Hi Sandy, may I ask what book this listing is in?

Willem

P.s. I don't mind at all that you repost this wonderful model  ;)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: macsporran on April 22, 2022, 07:47:47 AM
Thanks, Willem
It's another Grub Street publication.
Cheers. S
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 23, 2022, 01:22:42 AM
Apologies to those who've seen this one before - but it is the one day of the year I can re-post it!
Sandy

Thanks for sharing this model of Richtofen's downed plane! News of his demise started trickling to the western press over the following days.  Here are two of the first to surface on this day in 1918.  More to follow tomorrow. 

From the Bonham Daily Favorite:

(https://i.imgur.com/Pp1XJcH.png)


From the Warsaw Daily Times:

(https://i.imgur.com/d8v7Hbh.png)(https://i.imgur.com/GdGohqR.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 24, 2022, 02:03:15 AM
Emerging Details on Richtofen's Demise
(from the Montreal Gazette, on this day in 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/kg0cVeo.png)(https://i.imgur.com/S5a2vW3.png)(https://i.imgur.com/P3Oqynv.png)(https://i.imgur.com/geeGaOv.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 24, 2022, 04:11:44 PM
MEANWHILE IN MEXICO (Three Reports on the US Invasion...)

1. Your Tax Dollars At Work
(from The Day, 1916):

     (https://i.imgur.com/GEoKurG.png)


2. Aviator Bribes Firing Squad, Escapes Across Border Clinging to Boxcar (from Aerial Age Weekly, 26 April 1915):

     (https://i.imgur.com/Oiih9br.png)


3. American Bird-men Break Record (from the Ingomar Index, 27 April 1917):

     (https://i.imgur.com/qfgyb7o.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 25, 2022, 10:53:45 PM
Richtofen's Mis-Identified Mistress and Killer
They even publish the woman's home address!

(from the Berkeley Daily Gazette 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/3aLGrGO.png) (https://i.imgur.com/gbKo9iv.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 27, 2022, 12:49:10 AM
Enjoy a Wine Tasting While Comfortably Watching Zeppelins Destroy Your Home:
(both from Aerial Age Weekly, 1915):


(https://i.imgur.com/a6VNHMkh.png)


(https://i.imgur.com/n08WjQT.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 27, 2022, 09:37:03 PM
Quirky Air-Service Lingo
(from the Woodville Republican, 1918)

(https://i.imgur.com/OK5n9Pm.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 29, 2022, 12:06:36 AM
'Chateau Joe' Recalls First Flight Over the Front
(from the Newark Sunday Call, 1918 {click to enlarge})


(https://i.imgur.com/w2Nk49O.jpg)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 30, 2022, 02:41:15 AM
Planning for Yankee Planes 'Over There'
(From the Troy Sunday Budget, 1917):


1. (https://i.imgur.com/e0HRmpI.png). 2.(https://i.imgur.com/kFcQN20.png)



3. (https://i.imgur.com/L0UAqPt.png). 
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on April 30, 2022, 09:33:25 PM
Fokker Fighting Tactics
(from Popular Mechanics, April 1916)


(https://i.imgur.com/fsGhT5i.png)(https://i.imgur.com/2qYvnhXl.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 01, 2022, 11:13:18 PM
Anyone Ever Heard of This Austrian 'Ace'?
(from the Washington Observer, 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/5zvBjrL.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 03, 2022, 12:48:21 AM
Uncle Sam's Suicide Traps
(from the Meriden Daily Journal, 1916):


1. (https://i.imgur.com/43iZD7s.png) 2. (https://i.imgur.com/YyF6EsF.png)


3.(https://i.imgur.com/UjY75AG.png). 4. (https://i.imgur.com/cO8qhbhl.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 03, 2022, 11:53:36 PM
Brooklyn Boy Bags First Boche
(from the Toledo News-Bee, 1918; with a snippet about American ace J. A. Meissner (from Wikipedia):

Piloting a French-made Nieuport 28, Meissner scored his first aerial victory over the Forêt De La Rappe on 2 May 1918; he was fortunate to survive, given the fabric was shredding off his top wing even as he scored. At any rate, the feat earned the Distinguished Service Cross and the Croix de Guerre."


(https://i.imgur.com/d7TSswB.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 04, 2022, 10:09:12 PM
Malone Missing
(from the Morning Leader, 1917)

Interesting anecdote on wikipedia how this Canadian ace rescued one of the pilots he downed from German artillery.  He himself would be dead just one week later. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Joseph_Malone


(https://i.imgur.com/nuoesXV.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 05, 2022, 10:56:32 PM
Raider of Loughborough Wrecked
Cited as the L20, technically this was Zeppelin LZ. 59.
(from the Glasgow Herald, 1916):


(https://i.imgur.com/ARHW4iq.png) (https://i.imgur.com/WrEcRve.png)(https://i.imgur.com/1NGqVpb.png)


And from the Gettysburg Times, 1916:
(https://i.imgur.com/Len0Q5T.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 07, 2022, 12:16:57 AM
French Ace Flachaire Flips For Americans 

This article assigned him 15 planes downed and forty unconfirmed victories, though it appears his official tally in the history books is only is eight https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Flachaire).  He would again serve in the French military throughout all of WWII.

(from the Gazette Times):


(https://i.imgur.com/dWiZqx0.png) (https://i.imgur.com/VBEKc6Y.png) (https://i.imgur.com/pcF6QT5.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 08, 2022, 06:17:48 AM
The Art of Flying
(from Greenberg Daily Tribune):

(https://i.imgur.com/cE4gc8w.png)(https://i.imgur.com/oYjaWFa.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 09, 2022, 05:37:44 AM
Targeting Taubes
(from Popular Mechanics, May 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/ECWrU7N.png) (https://i.imgur.com/d7H6nWQ.png)

p.s. Here's a link to the 2014 post by forum member 'andyw' of his CSM Taube: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=4317.0
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: KiwiZac on May 09, 2022, 06:37:11 AM
I'd love to know the significance of the markings on the Taube - I'm not sure I've ever seen anything except national markings on them.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 10, 2022, 02:18:57 AM
I'd love to know the significance of the markings on the Taube - I'm not sure I've ever seen anything except national markings on them.

I'm curious too, as I know little of German plane markings.  Wonder if maybe they were painted in by whomever published the photograph?
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 10, 2022, 02:21:42 AM
IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU - Bird Attacks Model Airplane
(from the Sunday Chronicle, 1914):


(https://i.imgur.com/IkWlfTD.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 10, 2022, 08:14:08 PM
Brave Yankee Birds Abroad
(from the Toledo News-Bee 1916):


(https://i.imgur.com/XsA2fAb.png)(https://i.imgur.com/TW3RTUJ.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 11, 2022, 01:42:49 PM
'WORLD'S KILLING CHAMPIONSHIP'! 'Human Hawk' Navarre Challenges 'Man Falcon' Immelmann to an Air Duel...
This might be the best headline of the entire war (from the Toledo News-Bee 11 May 1915):


(https://i.imgur.com/aXINez3.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 14, 2022, 11:08:07 AM
Albert Ball is Missing
(from the Mount Airy News, 12 May 1917):


(https://i.imgur.com/33iYuEv.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 14, 2022, 11:22:27 AM
Captive Brit Dumps Unbelted Boche During Loop?
(from the Evening Tribune, 13 May 1916):

(https://i.imgur.com/jB6kmLX.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: Rookie on May 14, 2022, 01:39:57 PM
I really enjoy reading all these stories PJ!

Willem
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 15, 2022, 02:17:43 PM
I really enjoy reading all these stories PJ!

Glad to hear. I'm starting to understand how so many became enchanted by all these exploits right as they were happening.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 15, 2022, 02:24:59 PM
Twin TKO: Two Duelers Fall to Earth Wrapped in Flames
(from the Evening Independent, 14 May 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/NH9ZU46.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/AuZjYtl.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/L9G6LYT.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 15, 2022, 02:28:27 PM
Witness to Tragedy
(from the Washington Reporter, 15 May 1918):
(https://i.imgur.com/C67xb12.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: torbiorn on May 15, 2022, 07:21:22 PM
I really enjoy reading all these stories PJ!

Glad to hear. I'm starting to understand how so many became enchanted by all these exploits right as they were happening.
I’m not posting, but I read all of them -  thank you for taking the time.
I try to fold my mind into thinking flying was invented only a very few years ago when reading these snippets, but I don’t think I can bring up the sense of wonder people of the time must’ve had. Mixed with the insane danger of early aviation, even without someone shooting at you, must’ve made it an irresistable cocktail.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: KiwiZac on May 16, 2022, 06:07:29 AM
I'm starting to understand how so many became enchanted by all these exploits right as they were happening.
Especially with the way the articles are written!
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 17, 2022, 01:10:53 PM
Louis Strange's Strange Legend
Though not mentioned here by name, almost every survey of WWI British aviation recalls this pilot's true tale. More details via wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Strange
(from the Toronto World, 16 May 1915):


(https://i.imgur.com/M8qzc7m.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: Rookie on May 17, 2022, 02:08:50 PM
Nice find Paul!

Willem
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 18, 2022, 12:37:37 PM
American First
This front-page article from rural Oklahoma on 17 May 1918, unwittingly reports America's first aerial victory of the war (which occurred one month earlier).  A quote from the Wikipedia page on the 94th Aero Squadron tells the tale in hindsight: 

"On a cloudy Sunday morning, 14 April, an alert was given and Lieutenants Douglas Campbell and Alan F. Winslow took off. A few minutes later, two enemy aircraft were seen moving through some clouds, and after a brief combat, Lt Campbell shot down one of the enemy and Lt Winslow forced the other down out of control. Both crashed on the ground. These were the first American air combat victories of World War I."

P.S. The two headlines at the bottom of the clipping suggest that there was also plenty action happening on the homefront.
(from the Guthrie Daily Leader):

(https://i.imgur.com/ey8ojU3.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 19, 2022, 12:34:36 PM
Aerodrome Braggadocio After Fighting the 'Flying Circus'
(from the Bridgeport Evening Farmer, 18 May 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/oFEv4Yh.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 19, 2022, 08:22:17 PM
Side-by-side Spotlights on High Society Aviators
Left: Theodore Marburg Jr. joined the RFC and nearly died on a recon mission in 1915 when his plane crashed and a wing strut pierced his knee. He became a one-legged flight instructor, and was imfamously denied entry to the US while attempting to procure a prosthetic replacement because he had previously sworn allegiance to the Crown in order to fight while the US maintained neutrality.  He married a baroness (shown below) and, after the war, attempted life as a cattle rancher.  He shot himself in the head after she abandoned him shortly thereafter.

Right: Elliott C. Cowdin, co-founding flyer of the Lafayette Escadrille at the late age of 30, became the first American to receive France's Medaille Militaire. However, the Escadrille's official historian later noted that his fellow pilots claimed 'Most of his flying was done in bars' and that he "obtained citations for work he had not done and victories he had not gained, by buying champagne for his Captains".  In early 1917 Cowdin was discharged for being unfit to fly.  His postwar years were spent playing polo and pursuing the playboy life. 

(from the Wauwatosa News, 19 May 1916). 


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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 20, 2022, 11:17:17 PM
The Art of Bombing
(from the Diamond Drill, Crystal Falls, Michigan, 20 May 1916):


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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 21, 2022, 08:20:03 AM
***BREAKING NEWS***
(from the Evening Edition of the West Virginian, 20 May 1918 [more headlines to follow tomorrow]):


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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 23, 2022, 01:18:50 PM
More on Lufery's Demise
(from the Hawaaian.Gazette):

(https://i.imgur.com/ROuVu9C.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/VQdlXUE.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/LE6jUtx.png) (https://i.imgur.com/KpGyFOV.png)


p.s. Here's a shoutout to forum member 'coyotemagic' and his 2012 1/48 scale build of Lufbery's Nieuport N111: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=632.45
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 23, 2022, 03:20:19 PM
Triple Header: Two Aces and an Olympian
Today's first report features American Aviator Stephen Potter who was shot down in flames by a plane piloted by Friedrich Christiansen, the only seaplane pilot to earn the Pour le Merite.  The US Navy honored Potter in 1943 by christening a Fletcher-class destroyer in his name; it served beyond WWII, being mothballed in 1958.  Christiansen went on to join the Nazi Party and was ultimately imprisoned for war crimes; dying only two days after the USS Stephen Potter was officially scrapped.  The second report entwines the high-altitude victory of US athelete William H. Taylor, and the longwinded behind-the-lines victory of American ace David McKelvey Peterson, Flight Commander of the 95th Aero Squadron.  Peterson died in a flying mishap just four months after the armistice.

(from the New York Tribune, 23 May 1918):

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 25, 2022, 01:53:19 AM
First Blood: Austrian Airplanes Attack Arsenal, Ancoma and along Adriatic
The first fighting between Austria and Italy occurred on this day in 1915 with coordinated bombing, though little damage occurred.  Upon entering the conflict Italy had only 86 airplanes and 70 pilots at the ready; by war's end they had produced about 12,000 aircraft.
(from the Toledo News-Bee, 24 May 1915):

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 26, 2022, 03:26:49 AM
Men vs. Machines
Two incidents, a year apart, prove reminders that sometimes an airman's greatest foe was his own airplane and mechanical failure.  The first involves two slightly differing dispatches about the British rescue of two German 'aeroplanists' sent to sea by engine trouble (respectively from the Star-Independent and the Perth Amboy Evening News, 1915):

(https://i.imgur.com/fka0FWdl.png) (https://i.imgur.com/7nwn1Hul.png)


The second reports on how Bert Hall, of the Lafayette Escadrille, managed to fell a German plane after his own propeller started to fail, causing him to descend.  Hall's backstory is interesting- he flew for the Sultan of Turkey against Bulgaria, barnstormed through Ukraine, and served with the French Foreign Legion in Morocco... all before the Great War.  More on his adventurous life here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_Hall
(from the New Britain Herald, 1916):

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 27, 2022, 09:52:32 AM
Guynemer - Boy Hero of France
An early American article focusing on France's newfound fascination with this legendary ace.
(from the Klamath Falls Evening Herald, 26 May 1916):

(https://i.imgur.com/RNwUUvx.png)(https://i.imgur.com/j9TEHyN.png)

p.s. Here's a shout-out to rfindly who shared his 2020 1/48 scale build of the Nieuport Ni11, which Guynemer would have been flying at time this article was published: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11688.msg217829#msg217829
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 27, 2022, 10:16:20 PM
Giving Up 3.5 Miles Up?
Tales of derring-do brought to you by the Toronto World (from 27 May 1918):

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 29, 2022, 01:12:27 AM
Navarre et Navarre - Twin Eagles Fighting For France
It is seldom remembered that the great French ace Jean Navarre's twin brother, Pierre, also flew in the Aéronautique Militaire.
     (https://i.imgur.com/yctv69Dm.png)

This great read (from the Washington Sunday Star, 28 May 1916) shares their exploits and documents Pierre's hospital recovery following wounds sustained during an aerial victory while piloting a Nieuport 11 Bébé with Escadrille Spa.69. For this action he earned the Médaille militaire with the citation, "Le 8 mars 1916, a attaqué successivement à bout portant deux avions ennemis et a forcé le premier a atterrir précipitamment : au cours du second combat, a reçu trois blessures graves".  The Frères Navarre seemed destined to become twin aces, but Pierre would be dead only 6th months later from a solo flying accident... the same manner in which Jean would die three years later:

     (https://i.imgur.com/8ktprIQ.png)

Sidebar:
The newspaper image of the American Ambulance Hospital depicts a man standing aside Jean Navarre bearing an uncanny resemblance to a young Ernest Hemingway, who served as an ambulance driver on the Western Front; however, a quick study suggests the dates and locations do not align.
     (https://i.imgur.com/Z80kqcet.png)   (https://i.imgur.com/1RrPxiwt.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 29, 2022, 11:39:48 PM
A Busy Day Up in the Skies
(from the Deseret News, 1918)

(https://i.imgur.com/HlXvEch.png) (https://i.imgur.com/oxcJoB4.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/85jzKEc.png)(https://i.imgur.com/0EJwlbF.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 31, 2022, 01:05:09 AM
In Memoriam

Nine million combat personnel died during the Great War.  Five million civilians died from military operations, occupation, hunger, and disease.  Those events directly shaped this world we now share, and the model aircraft we build are miniature mementos of our collective human experience from part of that conflict.  Today the United States honors its fallen veterans by celebrating Memorial Day.  This simple two-sentence article offers a fitting parallel, as it tells of soldiers using an airplane's remnants to mark the final resting place of a lost comrade - a memorial happening in real time.  His name is unknown, but he is remembered.

(from the Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, 29 May 1918):

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on May 31, 2022, 10:51:36 PM
French Penguins Learn to Fly
(from Popular Science, June 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/ZxBzV48.png)  (https://i.imgur.com/C8V0Zdj.png)

p.s. Here's a shout-out to forum member 'lone modeller', who shared his 1/72 build of a Bleriot 'penguin' back in 2014: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=3216.msg53954#msg53954
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 01, 2022, 02:43:35 PM
When Penguins Become Hawks
(from Popular Science, June 1916):


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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 02, 2022, 11:12:09 PM
Fighting the French Way
(from the Twin City Star, 1918)


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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 05, 2022, 01:49:05 PM
Count Baracca 'Drops' Thirty-Two Planes

From 3 June 1918 regarding Italy's Ace of Aces and the man who inspired Ferrari's famous logo.  In the mere sixteen days he has left to live he will down two more enemy planes.  A memorial still stands on the site where his body, reportedly with his pistol unholstered and a bullet in his brain, was found a few yards from his wrecked plane. More details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Baracca
(from the Portsmouth Daily Times):

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p.s. Here's a shout-out to forum member 'Andolio64' and his 1/32 scale build of Baracca's Nieuport Ni17 from 2015: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=4255.msg93488#msg93488
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 05, 2022, 01:57:09 PM
Blackout in the City that Never Sleeps
(from the Seattle Star, 4 June 1918)

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(https://i.imgur.com/wBMeXtRh.png) (https://i.imgur.com/JsjWrKCh.png)

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 05, 2022, 02:56:19 PM
Spotlight: Roy Brown, "Von Richtofen's Vanquisher"...

...or so he was credited officially by the Royal Air Force, despite his own combat report calling the confrontation 'indecisive'.  Y'all know the rest. At the time of this publication, Brown had been recently released from hospital having recovering from influenza and nervous exhaustion. He will be assigned aerial instruction duties at Maerske Aerodrome until mid July when an airplane crash will return him to the hospital for another five months.
(from the Calgary Daily Herald, June 1918):

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p.s. It turns out that, in 2016, Roy Brown's cremated remains were reinterred in the Toronto Necropolis; just seven blocks from my apartment.  I recently strolled over and found his new headstone near the main entrance.
(https://i.imgur.com/daV8ZKj.jpg)

p.p.s. Check out forum member squiffy's 2014 build of Roy Brown's Camel B7270: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=645.msg83990#msg83990
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 06, 2022, 02:39:55 PM
Spotlight: George McCubbin, "Vanquisher of Immelmann"...

Here's a short photo-story on the 18-year-old boy who felled one of the great pioneers of aerial combat, taken while McCubbin on furlough in South Africa nearly a year after the incident which earned him a DSO (though his name would be censored initially).  More on Immelmann's demise to appear in the near future.  Has anyone here built a model of McCubbin's plane?

(from the Sydney Mail, 6 June 1917):

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 07, 2022, 10:36:04 PM
Talk of Italian Trimotor
Interesting short read on what must be the Caproni Ca.2/Ca.3.  The storyline credits the original article as having been penned over a week prior, but this version was published on this day, 7 June 1915, by the Evening Star.

(https://i.imgur.com/X83Z9vc.png)

p.s. Bringing this old tale to life is the 1/72 scale diorama shared by forum member 'maulaula' in 2015, which shows not one but two Ca.3's at roost:
https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=5177.msg91458#msg91458
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: Rookie on June 08, 2022, 08:14:36 AM
Let's not forget Ron Kootje's beautiful scratch build!

https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=533.0

Willem
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 08, 2022, 01:07:07 PM
Let's not forget Ron Kootje's beautiful scratch build!

Willem


Masterpiece
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 08, 2022, 02:47:38 PM
ATTACK OF THE EINDEKKERS
News of Germany's supremacy in tactics and technology over the front spread around the world while the 'Fokker Scourge' was happening.  Interesting to read here the mention of 'inherent stability'.  It was a goal of early aeroplane design theory, and a particular triumph of de Havilland's BE.2 series of planes that entered service way back in 1912.  Its very success in being a stable platform for reconnaissance became the BE's downfall by mid 1915... and the British kept them flying long after that.

(from the Oxnard Daily Courier, 8 June 1916):

(https://i.imgur.com/RG3mAdn.png) (https://i.imgur.com/5O2refg.png)(https://i.imgur.com/8yGFQnH.png)

p.s. For a trip down memory lane, here's a link to the 2012 thread featuring everyone's eindekker builds: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=646.0
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 09, 2022, 02:10:38 PM
Extraordinary Ordinance
Anyone know which plane might have dropped this bomb?  Gotha?
(from the Spokesman-Review, 9 June 1918):

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p.s. For anyone interested, here's a recent report on how they are still discovering finding unexploded bombs in France over100 years later: https://youtu.be/YNIBE64CAgs
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 11, 2022, 12:51:24 AM
Fallen German Fliers
Here's a interesting inventory of top German aces and their kill counts.  I wonder how these match up with the officially credited victories today?
(from the Spokesman-Review, 10 June 1918):


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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 13, 2022, 04:13:48 AM
Risk Lives.  No Rules.
(from the Washington Herald, 11 June 1916):

(https://i.imgur.com/MrCv99w.png) (https://i.imgur.com/k1QhWSJ.png) (https://i.imgur.com/iX7uEZf.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 13, 2022, 04:20:36 AM
Friendly Fire Fells Five Fliers in Fifty-Fighter Fray
(from the Spokesman Review, 12 June 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/Agfv1Pl.png)(https://i.imgur.com/vIG5AJi.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 13, 2022, 11:19:32 PM
Frankreichs Kreigsflugzeuge (French Warplanes)
Here's an interesting early-war review of French aircraft (including Farmans, Caudrons, and Nieuports) and tactics found in a German-language newspaper published in Baltimore, Maryland.  The print is a bit faded... and in old the High German standard font... so good luck to those in need!

(from Der Deutsche Correspondent, 13 June 1915):

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 14, 2022, 05:40:40 PM
How Our Forefathers Did It

(from Boy's Life, June 1918):
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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 15, 2022, 03:27:56 PM
Operation Türkenkreuz
News of the deadliest bombing raid of WWI (and the first daylight raid over London), which occurred two days prior.  Over 100 planes involved. Details from wikipedia:

"An attack on 5 June was diverted to Sheerness in Kent due to a poor weather forecast but a third raid on 13 June, taking off at 10:00 a.m., was the first daylight raid on London. As there had been little planning, early attempts to intercept the Gothas were ineffective. In England, 92 aircraft took to the air but few were able to climb high enough to engage the bombers. A Bristol F.2 Fighter of 35 (Training) Squadron flown by Captain John Cole-Hamilton with Captain C. H. C. Keevil as the observer, attacked three Gothas over Ilford but Keevil was hit by return-fire and killed instantly. British anti-aircraft guns near the coast managed to hit the aircraft of Captain T. Grant of 39 Squadron, who made a forced-landing at Rochford. As the Gothas flew on the crews could see aircraft taking off from airfields as they approached, the air peppered with smoke from anti-aircraft fire. Beyond Southend, the formation was approached by a Sopwith Triplane (114 mph (183 km/h), time to 10,000 ft (3,000 m), ten minutes) which fired at too great a distance to have an effect. Near Ostend, a British formation was spotted and one fighter made a head-on attack on a Gotha which was then attacked by a Sopwith Camel from the rear, hitting the aircraft with gunfire before the combined fire of several Gothas drove off the British fighters.

The raid caused 162 deaths and 432 injuries. Among the dead were 18 children, killed by a bomb falling on the Upper North Street School primary school in Poplar. The reason for the relatively large numbers of casualties seems to have been public ignorance as to the threat posed by aerial bombardment in daylight. Lieutenant Charles Chabot, a RFC pilot on leave, recorded that: "...Raids hadn't become a very serious thing and everybody crowded out into the street to watch. They didn't take cover or dodge". This was the deadliest air raid of the war and no Gothas were lost. News of the raid was received enthusiastically in Germany and Brandenburg was summoned to Berlin to be awarded the Pour le Mérite, Germany's highest military honour. On taking off for the return journey, his aircraft had an [sic] failure; Brandenburg was severely injured and his pilot, Oberleutnant} Freiherr von Trotha, was killed."

(from the Youngstown Vindicator, 15 June 1917):
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p.s. Check out this Roden model by malaula of a Gotha G.IV that participated in Operation Türkenkreuz: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=6676.msg122423#msg122423
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: KiwiZac on June 16, 2022, 07:58:36 AM
It's fascinating to see a model depicting a piece of history as we read it - great detective work, PJ!
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 16, 2022, 10:23:18 PM
On Your Marks, Get Set, Go...
By the way, adjusted for inflation the prize money equals about $1,150!
(from the Youngstown Vindicator, 16 June 1915):

(https://i.imgur.com/RzqzrFc.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 18, 2022, 12:09:31 AM
Warneford Falls in France
News of his heroic deed spread fast.  He had single-handedly destroyed a Zeppelin (LZ37) by bombing it from above (in his Morane Saulnier Type L 'Parasol'). Warneford's victory boosted morale throughout the British Empire.  Then, only ten days later, he was dead.  He was just 23 years old.

(from the Daily Kennebac Journal, 17 June 1915):

(https://i.imgur.com/HGjwQvi.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/Sqi0Hsvm.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/UJT85vB.jpg)

Check out rhallinger's 1/32 scale portrait miniature of Lt. Warneford: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11186.msg208744#msg208744
Along with his customized paper card model of Warneford's plane: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11062.msg204862#msg204862
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 18, 2022, 02:06:10 PM
Ghost Riders in the Sky
(from the Nevada Silver State, 18 June 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/0HvNjdT.png)(https://i.imgur.com/oilqT4p.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 19, 2022, 11:24:00 PM
"They go Up Tiddly Up Up, They Go Down Tiddly Down Down..."

(from the Youngstown Vindicator, 19 June 1918):
(https://i.imgur.com/mJ83TS8.png)(https://i.imgur.com/avWMVWD.png)



Bonus for anyone who recognizes the headline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPgS26ZhqZs
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 20, 2022, 02:43:18 PM
Italian Plane Trounces Austrian Gun Float Hollywood Style
(from the Youngstown Vindicator, 20 June 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/Z6lsbzV.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 21, 2022, 02:18:36 PM
Japanese 'Ace' Jumps from Burning Plane at 9,000ft
You read it right.  Though the Japanese aviator Kobayashi Shukunosuke's ace status is unverified and unlikely, he did fight and fall (literally) for France over the Western Front.  He was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre. More info on the fledgling Imperial Japanese Army Airforce can be found here: https://en.w3we.com/wiki/Imperial_Japanese_Army_Air_Service
(Respectively from the Deseret News and the Montreal Gazette (21 June 1918), and the Herald of Asia (on 29 June):

(https://i.imgur.com/gTHT8l8.png) (https://i.imgur.com/rFk1Qcx.png) (https://i.imgur.com/Vulg7uj.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 22, 2022, 11:32:44 PM
Italy's top ace killed!  America's top ace Killed!  German Ace Loerzer Wounded!
A busy news day covering a bloody week.
(respectively from the Pittsburgh Press, the Toronto World, and the Morning Leader; 22 June 1918):


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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 23, 2022, 02:45:53 PM
Whatever Works
(from the New York Tribune, 23 June 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/17etBXI.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 25, 2022, 03:03:12 AM
Sikorsky Flees to France
Just one week after the Russian Provisional Government's failed attack on Germany, Igor Sikorsky, designer of the Ilya Murometz four-engine bomber, found himself in France, where he would continue his work as an aircraft engineer.  Within months after the Armistice he would emigrate to America and re-establish himself as a pioneer in aviation design.
(from the Calgary Daily Herald, 24 June 1918):

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 26, 2022, 12:05:57 PM
"Girl" Aviator Shot Above Galicia
Though not named here, this news snippet notes one of the few female military pilots to see action in WWI. Nedeshda Degtereva also holds the distinction of becoming the first woman pilot to have been wounded in combat (as noted, while on a reconnaissance mission over the Austrian front in Galicia).
(from the St. Josph News-Press, 1915):

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Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 26, 2022, 02:48:49 PM
Italian Airman Wins Night Duel
(from the Pittsburg Press, 26 June 1918):
Any thoughts on who this pilot might have been?

(https://i.imgur.com/xrGeWsS.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 27, 2022, 11:47:30 PM
German Plane Bombs Baltimore
Theoretically at least... (the American press has a long history of tall tales and paranoia!).  Interestingly, they do cite the blackout that NYC actually experienced, which was reported here a few weeks back.
(From the Free Lance, July 1918).

(https://i.imgur.com/4mRKOZ3.png)(https://i.imgur.com/WCA4iXS.png)


(https://i.imgur.com/N3EiC5K.png)(https://i.imgur.com/kVLtE15.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 28, 2022, 10:32:05 PM
New French Plane
(from the Sydney Mail, 28 June 1916):

(https://i.imgur.com/y59RWd9.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/3GNtG1R.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/VWwwKs8.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: KiwiZac on June 29, 2022, 09:28:31 AM
Forgive my ignorance, all: what exactly is it? I don't recognise this machine.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 29, 2022, 11:24:17 PM
Forgive my ignorance, all: what exactly is it? I don't recognise this machine.

I was wondering too.  Maybe a Dorand variant?  The articled may be exaggerating; 140mph seems pretty fast for 1916.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 29, 2022, 11:29:14 PM
Another Active Day Over the Western Front
(from the Gazette Times):

(https://i.imgur.com/49INpOo.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on June 30, 2022, 11:56:17 PM
Toffs Trek from Trenches to Turkish Baths and Back
"Oh! Oh! Oh! It's a lovely war..."
(from the Evening Record, 30 June 1916):

(https://i.imgur.com/GPd3WCR.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 01, 2022, 10:39:33 PM
Handley Page In Action

(From the New York Tribune, 1 July 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/ysWIdNQ.png)(https://i.imgur.com/5DvEXk0.png) (https://i.imgur.com/8Ygayyh.png)(https://i.imgur.com/H868IR7.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: Rookie on July 02, 2022, 08:32:27 AM
Funny how they misspell  the name  ;)

Willem
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: KiwiZac on July 02, 2022, 08:44:19 AM
Funny how they misspell  the name  ;)

Willem
The amount of times I read "Messerschmidt" growing up...!
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 03, 2022, 05:57:58 AM
Vigorous Russians Victorious
Perhaps the legend is true... of the 85 or so of these bombers built throughout the war, only one was lost to enemy combat.
(from the Saskatoon Phoenix, 2 July 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/C6xgsX7.png) (https://i.imgur.com/6aI0yF8.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 03, 2022, 09:27:21 PM
ATTENTION LADIES!  …and ‘EAGLETS’!
Now available - the latest summer fashion for 1917!
(from the Painesville Telegraph):

(https://i.imgur.com/c3MdIvl.png) (https://i.imgur.com/4t0gdYa.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 04, 2022, 09:58:21 PM
Spotlight: Eddie Rickenbacker
Here's a little excerpt on the exploits of America's Rising Star Aviator.

(https://i.imgur.com/oZbk45Z.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 06, 2022, 12:17:29 AM
Farman Hit 400 Times; Kept Flying!
(From Popular Science, July 1915):


(https://i.imgur.com/QPzOFqc.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 06, 2022, 10:46:06 PM
Genet's Grave
Edmond Charles Clinton Genet was the first US aviator die following America's entry into WWI.  Here are more details on his life and death (which occurred back in April) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Genet
(from Popular Mechanics, July 1918)

(https://i.imgur.com/aU4ht5A.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 07, 2022, 10:54:44 PM
'Gimpers' Accuse 'Heinies' of Inflation
(from the Pittsburgh Press, 7 July 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/CculYUK.png)(https://i.imgur.com/1t4kZpl.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 08, 2022, 02:08:29 PM
Chivalry for an Ace Who Survived Only Four Months
(from the Providence Evening Tribune, 8 July 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/d8Qowv5.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 09, 2022, 03:29:35 PM
Italian Air Instructor Breaks Own Rules, Pays Ultimate Price
The story goes that he initiated a nosedive at just 300 feet but could not pull out in time.  He crashed on the same airfield later used by Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, and where Charles Lindbergh would begin his legendary TransAtlantic solo flight in 1927. Gianfelice Gino's name lives on as the the honorary title of the Sons of Italy Lodge No. 878, in Freeland, Pennsylvania.

(from the Evening Tribune, July 1918, 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/Eic8K1o.png) (https://i.imgur.com/B2HkKF4.jpg)
(Banner image from the History of Freeland, PA website)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 11, 2022, 06:32:38 AM
Fighting in the Air (part 1 of 2)
(from Popular Science, July 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/8EEYVGp.png) (https://i.imgur.com/3E47xpL.png)
(to be continued tomorrow)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 11, 2022, 10:30:08 PM
Fighting in the Air (part 2 of 2)
(from Popular Science, July 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/aXfoaZO.png) (https://i.imgur.com/1CJHtqB.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: Rookie on July 12, 2022, 03:10:43 AM
Very interesting articles Paul, thanks for posting them!

Willem
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 12, 2022, 03:17:42 AM
My pleasure. Glad others are enjoying too.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 12, 2022, 11:26:52 PM
Spotlight: Guynemer vs. Boelcke
Check out the tweaked spandau he's using for a walking stick.
(From Popular Science, July 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/Dzc6jvB.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 13, 2022, 02:29:19 PM
No Parachute? No Problem.
Simply act like a 'drunken man or little child' right when you're about to hit earth.
(from the Warsaw Daily Times, 13 July 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/MoMkpak.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 15, 2022, 10:45:40 PM
Captured Illinois Airman Escapes Germans Five Times.  Brooklyn Ace's Tenth Victory.  French Squadron Commander Goes Missing. Romanian Airman Killed.
Host of updates today from the Sunday Star (14 July 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/d6wG52V.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 16, 2022, 12:51:21 PM
Friendly Fire: Shot Down and Lived to Yell About It
WWI aviation histories commonly cite how, during the war's early years, soldiers on the ground would shoot at any anything flying overhead.  Here's an intriguing article confirming such incidents did occur.
(from the Roundup Record-Tribune, 16 July 1915):

(https://i.imgur.com/Y0xciUd.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 16, 2022, 03:11:30 PM
Hauptmann Wilhelm Reinhard Killed
Here's a snippet on the German ace and successor to Manfred von Richtofen as leader of Jagdgeschwader 1, who was killed during a test flight nearly two weeks earlier.  Isn't that how George Peppard met his end in the 'Blue Max'?
(from the Calgary Daily Herald, 16 July 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/69rcmFa.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 17, 2022, 10:47:46 PM
Ruse de Guerre - Disguised German Airplanes Attack American Observation Balloon
(from the Easton Free Press, 17 July 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/O3UNk5u.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 19, 2022, 06:31:20 AM
Action in the Dardanelles
Here are two possibly related stories from separate sources of allied travails in Turkey, featuring a needy Nieuport.
(respectively from the Macon Beacon and the Nome Daily Nugget, 18 June 1915):

(https://i.imgur.com/Cia8Dms.png)(https://i.imgur.com/0x15CcM.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 20, 2022, 02:03:27 AM
Mick Mannock Posthumously Awarded the Victoria Cross
Amazing post-script to this story from wikipedia:

"Mannock's Victoria Cross was presented to his father at Buckingham Palace in July 1919. Edward Mannock was also given his son's other medals, even though Mick had stipulated in his will that his father should receive nothing from his estate. Soon afterwards, Mannock's medals were sold for £5. They have since been recovered and are now owned by Lord Ashcroft; they are on loan to the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon. The Death Plaque was sold by his niece in September 2014 for £26,400 to a private buyer".

(from the Glasgow Herald, 19 July 1919):

(https://i.imgur.com/ijGrZ2L.png)



p.s. Check out forum member ondra's 1/144th scale scratch-built model of Mannock's SE.5a: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=8583.msg157996#msg157996
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 20, 2022, 11:47:08 PM
Entwined Airplanes Fall 6000 Feet; 'Vaccinated' Pilots Walk Away Unscathed
(from the Mitchell Capital, 20 July 1916):

(https://i.imgur.com/YnXtxML.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 21, 2022, 08:58:30 PM
Poor Sportsmanship?  Austrian Surrenders Mid Air, gets Escorted to Italian Aerodrome... Then Shot Down!
(from the Forest City Press, 21 July 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/I0b3Yx6.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 23, 2022, 12:27:15 PM
Ballon Buster and Blue Max... Non-Combat Incidents Claim Two German Aces in Two Days

First to fall was Friedrich Friedrichs of Jasta 10.  Ranking among Germany's top-scoring balloon busters and a candidate for the Pour le Merite, Friedrichs met his fate after the incendiary bullets loaded on his Fokker DVII spontaneously caught fire. Though he parachuted, his harness became entangled with his plane's tail and Friedrich was dragged to his death.

Hans Kirschstein of Jasta 6 died the next day.  He received the Blue Max just three weeks before his demise as a passenger of a Hannover CL on a routine maintenance fight with an inexperienced pilot.  A remarkable dogfight involving Kirschstein occurred earlier in March 1918, when a lone AW FK.8 (piloted by Canadian 2nd Lt. Alan McLeod, with observer Lt. Arthur Hammond) encountered nine Fokker Triplanes. The duo shot down four Fokkers until Kirschtein strafed them thoroughly, setting the FK.8 aflame. The rest of the story via wikipedia:

McLeod instantly pushed her over into a very steep side-slip, but the flames were scorching him, and so he jumped out of his cockpit on to the left wing and crouched low, with the joystick pulled hard over in his right hand. Then he smashed a hole through the fabric in the fuselage so that he could reach the rudder-wire with his left hand, and so he guided her towards the lines. In this way he kept the flames away from his wounded observer and prevented the aircraft from burning up. When the machine finally crashed in No Man's Land, the young pilot, not minding his own injuries, dragged his comrade from the burning wreckage and under heavy fire carried him to comparative safety, before collapsing from exhaustion and loss of blood.

Hammond was wounded six times and ultimately lost a leg.  McLeod, wounded three times, earned the Victoria Cross. He returned to Manitoba to recuperate but soon died in the Influenza pandemic.


(from the Youngstown Vindicator, 22 July 1918):
(https://i.imgur.com/5Zg3rqv.png)

p.s. To underscore how bloody a war it was, note the unrelated story (upper left) of the Yank who had EIGHT horses shot from under him in one mission!

p.p.s.: Check out forum member RagIII's 1/32 build of Kirschstein's Dr.1: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=2890.msg221667#msg221667
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 24, 2022, 04:47:48 AM
Who Knew?  Liberty V12 based on Mercedes Motor
(from the Forest City Press, July 1918):


(https://i.imgur.com/tkTxunx.png)

p.s. Here's a link to forum member PrzemoL's 2020 build of a Taurus 1/32 Liberty Engine for his AMC DH.9a: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11389.msg212250#msg212250
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 25, 2022, 01:42:09 AM
US Determines Bristol Fighter 'Overpowered' and 'Not of Military Value'
The War Department Bureau of Aircraft Production will instead focus on the S.E.5, the DH.4, and the Caproni.
(from the Washington Herald, 24 July 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/DiTR8q8.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: KiwiZac on July 25, 2022, 07:40:57 AM
I like the idea of a USAS Biff in the DH.4 "Dutch Girl" scheme...
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 26, 2022, 12:54:09 AM
Critical Camels & Brindle Boy
Here's a little article on the demonstration of flying a Sopwith Camel off of a battlecruiser.
(from the Glasgow Herald, 25 July 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/0tgiAqC.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/4dottR1.png)

p.s. Here's link to forum member Gisbod's 2017 build of a 1/32 WNW Ship's Camel: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=8592.msg158076#msg158076
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 27, 2022, 09:25:54 AM
Balloon Busting Ace of Aces Willy Coppens Bags Three in One Day
More from Wikipedia:

"...Coppens' record was spectacular. Between April and October 1918 he was credited with destroying 34 German observation balloons and three airplanes, nearly as many victories as Belgium's other five aces combined. Unlike most fighter pilots of World War I, who used .303 caliber or 7.92 mm guns, Coppens used a larger bore 11 mm Vickers machine gun...".

(from the Montreal Gazette, 26 July 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/CsOJIko.png)


p.s. check out forum member Lone Modeller's 1/72 build of Coppens' Hanriot HD.1 (converted from an Airfix Sopwith Camel way back in the 1970s): https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=9854.msg179621#msg179621

p.p.s. have a look also at MoFo's 3d-printed Drachen and observation baskets: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11808.msg239193#msg239193
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 27, 2022, 10:01:41 PM
Blue Max Felled by American Rookie on First Combat Flight
Carl Menckhoff had 39 confirmed victories when he encountered neophyte Walter Avery over Ville Nueve Sur Fere.  Details from wikipedia:

During the ensuing dogfight, Menckhoff was shot down by American Lieutenant Walter Avery of the 95th Aero Squadron, United States Air Service. When Avery maneuvered onto Menckhoff's tail, the German ace cut his engine and dropped in a falling leaf pattern of zigzagging side-slips. Avery instantly did the same. When they recovered from the side-slips by switching their engines back on, Avery was in position to shoot Menckhoff down.

Captured by French troops at the crash site, Menckhoff was chagrined to learn that Avery was a rookie pilot on his first combat flight. Avery arrived at the crash site and respectfully refused to remove the Pour le Merite from Menckhoff's throat as a souvenir. Instead, Avery cut a fabric letter "M" from the crashed Fokker's covering as a keepsake before Menckhoff was led away by French soldiers.

Menckhoff remained a prisoner after the armistice, until he escaped to Switzerland and the safety of his in-law's castle (as one does).
(respectively from the Washington Reporter, Youngstown Vindicator, Meriden Daily Journal, Newburgh Daily News; 26-27 July, 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/kQbJGzR.png) (https://i.imgur.com/mYEVTQF.png)(https://i.imgur.com/sDjNSDf.png) (https://i.imgur.com/2deToU0.png)


In an incredible coda to this story: nearly ninety years later in 2007, Avery's daughter discovered that Menckhoff's son lived nearby in Washington D.C.; in a small ceremony, she returned her father's war trophy (the fabric 'M' cut from his Fokker way back in 1918) to his heir.  Details here:   https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2007/may/11/20070511-102739-7444r/
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 28, 2022, 02:29:24 PM
End of an Era
The Great War officially began today.  Austria declared against Serbia, which was immediately defended by Russia.  By week's end Germany, Britain and France would be drawn into the fray.  Soon, more nations would also take up arms (and aircraft) against each other. 

Pioneer pilots heeded the call to combat, ending overnight that romantic age of early aviation which was always fraught with risk, but maintained a certain sense of innocence.  However, mankind's fascination with conquering the skies continued in new directions.  Fittingly, I found two simple, side-by-side snippets that provide a poignant juxtaposition of the tragedy and triumph of two little boys who never knew each other but played out their passion for reaching the sky to the fullest on that last day before the dawn of war.  Tens of thousands of men will follow their alternate paths over the next four years.

(from the Bridgepoint Evening Farmer, 27 July 1914):

(https://i.imgur.com/Jp8PDyo.png)

Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 29, 2022, 11:07:16 PM
The First War in the Air
Here are two unrelated articles from day two of the Great War hinting at the potential impact of aircraft in the international conflict:
(from the Daily Gate City, 29 July 1914):

(https://i.imgur.com/LOJjGCY.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/r5x7Fr8.png)


(and from the Richmond Palladium & Sun Telegram, 29 July 1914):
(https://i.imgur.com/qSPDDFE.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 31, 2022, 05:17:23 AM
Battre le fer pendant qu’il est chaud!
(from the Evening World, 30 July 1914):

(https://i.imgur.com/pdOgwyH.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/8Fioexj.png)(https://i.imgur.com/4GLqnT6.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: jeroen_R90S on July 31, 2022, 06:01:10 AM
Checking in to let you know I really enjoy these snippets!
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on July 31, 2022, 11:36:08 PM
Glad to hear.  Finding them has been a fun journey for me.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 01, 2022, 12:50:05 PM
The Curious Call of Netheraven
Just a few days before England entered the Great War, this charming little anecdote about a quirky Royal Flying Corps custom appeared in the papers.  I believe the aerodome at Salisbury Plain was home to Nos. 3&4 Squadrons immediately prior to mobilization.  Soon thereafter is became a training squadron for fledgling pilots.
(From the Dakota County Herald 30 July 1914):

(https://i.imgur.com/Ht3Jms4.png)

Here's pilot's-eye view of Netheraven taken just a few weeks before this article was published (from Flight, 5 June 1914):(https://i.imgur.com/4hlPenI.png)


Wondering if this old contraption might still exist over 100 years later I searched around and discovered that a similarly described gong was offered at auction back in 2009 for a mere £100-150.  I would totally have bought that!

(https://i.imgur.com/TBSia32.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: KiwiZac on August 02, 2022, 05:26:04 AM
Aww man, that would've been such a cool buy!
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 02, 2022, 12:58:35 PM
Spithead Royal Review

Following a tradition dating back to the 14th century and as mobilization to war, First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill assembled Britain's Grand Fleet for review by King George V in the summer of 1914.  In what must then have been history's most grandiose flex of maritime muscle, hundreds of ships amassed, including: 55 Battleships, 4 Battle cruisers, 27 Cruisers, 28 Light cruisers, and 78 Destroyers.  Making this event extra special was the appearance of the RNAS armada of seventeen airplanes, including 9 Shorts, 7 Farmans, 2 Royal Aircraft Factory BE's, and a Sopwith Batboat.  Two airships also made an appearance. 
(from the Boston Evening Transcript, 1 August 1914 [Kudos to the newspaper man who had the audacity/foresight to place the undertaker & embalmers advert alongside this military article]:

(https://i.imgur.com/D3QyZI7.png)


p.s. History really comes alive today thanks to an attic hunter who, last year, discovered and digitized some forgotten film footage of the 1914 Fleet Review.  It features one of the Short seaplanes (S.41) taxiing around.  The action starts at the 13 sec. mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPgBszLCQb4

p.p.s. Here's an in-flight image of another Short at the Review (from Flight, 24 July 1914):
(https://i.imgur.com/JxSKvQK.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 02, 2022, 10:27:17 PM
U.S. Uses Nieuports
(from The Day, 2 August 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/de6F151.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 03, 2022, 11:03:23 PM
"THIS IS SURE DEATH"! "Whirlpool of Battle"! "First Duel in the Clouds"!
Sensational headlines mix fiction with fact today - particularly of the famous Roland Garros' fiery death by ramming a Zeppelin. Garros did actually die in combat... one month before the war ended in 1918.
(respectively from the Seattle Star, the Washington Times, and the Daily Gate City, 3 August 1914):

(https://i.imgur.com/imDe6vG.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/nDNg6xq.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/malCgd9.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/SElZYJq.png)(https://i.imgur.com/u9mVz75.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/YuWFx8S.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/8oC0Yz1.png)

p.s. Check our forum member przemoL's 1/72nd scale AZ Model build of Garros' 1915 Morane L: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=5219.msg92785#msg92785
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 05, 2022, 01:39:13 AM
First Bomb Drop of War
One of the first mentions of aerial bombs being deployed.
(from the El Paso Herald, 4 August 1914):

(https://i.imgur.com/alFeMXg.png)

Clearly the French were already at it too, though this contraption looks a bit dubious.
(from the Bridgeport Evening Farmer, 4 August 1914):
(https://i.imgur.com/HMSyMYN.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 05, 2022, 11:45:47 PM
And in this Corner...
Here's a brief synopsis of belligerents air power as of week one.
(from the Cairo Bulletin, 5 August 1914):

(https://i.imgur.com/La4h3Nm.png)


(and from the Watertown Weekly Leader (4 August 1914):

(https://i.imgur.com/FatQWXg.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 06, 2022, 07:48:18 PM
Mystery Agent Claims Air Mastery
(from the Grand Forks Daily Herald, 6 August 1914):

(https://i.imgur.com/fL9vUYG.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 08, 2022, 01:13:45 AM
Airman's View Shared by Few
Taking a break from the sensationalist stories of the war's first week, this picturesque post describes the scenery still seen only by the smallest percentage of the population in those days.
(from the Evening Star, 7 August 1917)


(https://i.imgur.com/qVySnn8.png) (https://i.imgur.com/zwpEXmn.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 09, 2022, 11:47:44 AM
Albert Ball Posthumously Awarded the Victoria Cross
Word circled the world today of the London Gazette's July 22 announcement the Captain Ball had been awarded Britains highest honor for 'most conspicuous and consistent bravery'.
(from the Sydney Mail, 8 August 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/iQurrDQ.png)


p.s. For anyone who may have missed it, check our forum member macsporran's recent 1/32 scale Special Hobby build depicting Albert Ball alongside his Nieuport XVI (his favorite mount): https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=13104.msg244306#msg244306
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 10, 2022, 12:19:22 AM
Ground Fire Sets Russian Aviators Aflame
(from the Montreal Daily Mail, 9 August 1916):


(https://i.imgur.com/qnWur6v.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 11, 2022, 07:26:57 AM
Turkish Aviator Sinks Allied Sub
This brief report appeared in a number of newspapers this week, though none offered further detail.  If this story is verified could it be the first sinking of a sub by an airplane?
(from the Washington Evening Star, 10 August 1915):

(https://i.imgur.com/ObxfOW1.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 11, 2022, 11:26:07 PM
Are You Fit to Fly?
(from the Middletown Transcripts, 11 Aug 1917):

(https://i.imgur.com/oEwGLqo.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 13, 2022, 09:03:15 AM
Dog is My Co-Pilot
(from the Turner County Herald, 12 August 1915):

(https://i.imgur.com/e5nt2gz.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 13, 2022, 02:15:46 PM
Bulletproof Birdman
Clipped ten times, his plane riddled with holes... but still completes mission.
(from the Spokesman-Review, 13 August 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/OKOgYjL.png)

p.s. More details about this lucky day come from the book Montana & The Sky c/o the Internet Archive: 
 Harwood was assigned to the 12th Aero Squadron, flying in Salmson 8 observation aircraft...  Military records show that Benjamin P. Harwood exhibited extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau Thierry, France, on July 5, 1918. He volunteered as a gunner to fly protection for a photo airplane, at which time he engaged several enemy aircraft and, with his pilot, successfully protected the photo airplane, which was thereby able to accomplish the mission. Harwood was severely wounded in the engagement, but with the pilot was able to return to our lines despite the fact that their airplane had been riddled by enemy fire.  For this engagement Ft. Harwood received citations including the Distinguished Service Cross, the Croix de Guerre, the War Medal of the Aero Club of America, and the Purple Heart.
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 15, 2022, 07:11:19 AM
LEAGUE OF DEATH!  French Fight Club Suicide Squad
(from the Eugene Register-Guard, 14 August 1914
):

(https://i.imgur.com/o2GQkB2.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 15, 2022, 03:00:44 PM
Cheaters Never Win
(from the Ludington Daily News, 15 August 1917):


(https://i.imgur.com/Gf4nboS.png) (https://i.imgur.com/urWH0oO.png) (https://i.imgur.com/CBjaNZj.png)
Title: Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
Post by: PJ Fisher on August 17, 2022, 12:16:16 AM
The French and the Furious
(from the Carroll County Democrat, 16 Aug 1918):

(https://i.imgur.com/hJR9yZ1.png)