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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #255 on: October 20, 2022, 11:09:23 PM »
World Famous Aviator, Grahame-White, Personally Denies He's Dead
As fellow forumite torbiorn noted yesterday, one can't always trust what one reads in the paper!
(from the Easton Free Press, 20 October 1915):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #256 on: October 21, 2022, 05:30:33 AM »
I love stuff like this  ;D

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #257 on: October 21, 2022, 11:16:51 PM »
American Aviator James Doolittle Killed in Action
This headline is actually true... but who knew there were two?  Here are excerpts from a lengthy obituary of the seldom-remembered James R. Doolittle, who flew with the Escadrille de La Fayette in France.  He was unrelated to the legendary James H. Doolittle of WWII fame who also flew for the U.S. during WWI (though not overseas).
(from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 20 October 1918):

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #258 on: October 23, 2022, 05:04:24 AM »
'Guynemer' Falls 10,000 Feet
Another dubious war story here. Gotta say, that sure looks like René Fonck to me... I suppose they read whatever news they could get back then in Tombstone, Arizona.  I wonder if there are any valid recollections confirming this event actually happened.
(from the Tombstone Epitaph, 22 October 1916):



Check out forum member Will Levesley's 1/72nd-scale Eduard build of Guynemer's Nieuport Ni-17 of Escadrille N.3 from 1916:
https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=13241.msg246606#msg246606
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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #259 on: October 24, 2022, 12:08:43 AM »
Completes Call of Duty in Crippled Aircraft
(from the Detroit Times, 23 October 1916):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #260 on: October 25, 2022, 12:05:41 AM »
Spotlight: The German Air King
Two articles, exactly one year apart, spotlight the legendary ace and pioneering tactician Oswald Boelcke. The first describes one of his double-victory days (possibly 16 October 1916), at the point when Boelcke was the world's leading ace.  The second article retrospectively reveals a reputed relic from Boelcke's plane... though his Albatros was primarily wooden and the spelling of his name differs from his signature.
(respectively from the the Hawaiian Gazette and the Evening Star, 24 October 1916/1917):

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Check out forum member crouthaj's 1/32nd-scale build of Boelke's Albatros D.II, c. autumn 1916: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11269.0
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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #261 on: October 25, 2022, 10:05:40 PM »
"Bird Friend of Bird-Men"
Interesting glimpse of a Lewis gun mounted diagonally from the starboard side of the cockpit.
(from Illustrated War News, 25 October 1916):

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #262 on: October 27, 2022, 01:04:21 AM »
"You Are Going Out to Inflict Death, Not Avoid It"
Here's an account on flying and gunnery tactics, including one of the earliest written uses I've yet seen of the phrase 'Hun in the Sun'.
(from the Morning Leader, 26 October 1918):

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #263 on: October 28, 2022, 03:47:33 PM »
War Progress in Flying (pt.1)
Here's the first installment of two articles by Karl/Carl Dienst, whose writing on aviation began in the 1890s
(from Popular Mechanics, October 1916):

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Check out forum member dirk's 2012 1/32nd-scale WNW build of a similar presentation F.E.2b as illustrated above: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=962.msg14317#msg14317
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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #264 on: October 29, 2022, 11:26:48 AM »
War Progress in Flying (pt.2)
Second installment of two articles by aviation writer Karl/Carl Dienst.
(from Popular Mechanics, October 1916):

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Noticing the flock of Royal Aircraft Factory birds in the last image, check out Mike Norris' recent 1/32nd Lukgraph build of B.E.2c 2635: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=13001.0
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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #265 on: October 29, 2022, 11:42:39 PM »
Aviator Almost Kills Kaiser
(from the Albuquerque Morning Journal, 29 October 1916):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #266 on: October 31, 2022, 02:40:13 AM »
'Father' of German Air Force Falls
Oswald Boelcke's name again spans multiple headlines this month as news of his demise over the Western Front immediately spread.  The 25-year-old died ironically not from enemy gunfire but from a mid-air collision with his best friend- fellow ace Erwin Böhme (who survived).  Boelcke's fate reminded me of our recent article announcing Fritz Rumey's death, which was also caused by collision (with British ace G.E.B. Lawson) rather than gunfire.  This got me wondering how many of the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte's top flyers were actually killed by enemy guns during the Great War.  A quick survey of wikipedia's 'List of World War I flying aces from Germany', suggests that this happened to only three of Germany's top twenty (Richtofen, Voss and Müller)... a remarkable statistic.  Oswald Boelcke's influence on the history of aerial combat is epic (despite the last article's headline erroneously dubbing him as merely a 'one-time elevator man').  Many of the tactics enshrined in his 'Dicta Boelcke' endure today.
(respectively from the Lakeland Evening Telegram, the Tonopah Daily Bonanza, the Daily Gate City, Constitution, and the New York Sun; 30 October 1916):


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Check out forum member Kreston's 1/32-scale vignette depicting Boelcke (by Model Cellar): https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=7707.msg141784#msg141784
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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #267 on: October 31, 2022, 08:18:40 PM »
Action Over Land and Sea
(from the Arizona Republic, 31 October 1918):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #268 on: November 01, 2022, 10:46:35 PM »
Italian Ace Injured
Anyone ever heard of this signore?  The closest match from the Bongionvanni Commisison List of Italian aces that I could deduce is Alessandro Buzio, who was injured during the Battle of the Piave River during a ground accident in the Summer of 1918, though he is listed as having flown with 76a Squadiglia.
(from the Telegraph-Herald, 1 November 1918):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #269 on: November 02, 2022, 10:50:40 PM »
Feeling Lonely at Altitude?
No problem, simply 'switch off your engine... for a talk"!
(from the Fargo Forum, 2 November 1919):