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Airfields & Airmen Arras (Battleground Europe) by Jack Sheldon

By Jack Sheldon

The most recent quantity within the Airfields and Airmen sequence covers the Arras sector. It encompasses 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 lined with visits to their cemeteries and aerodromes. This good researched publication relives the lethal thrills of battle within the air over the battlefields of the Western entrance.

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Another of the pilots in the formation was Ben Strange (Cambrai page 31). Gwilym Lewis in his SE5a D3540. (See page 115) The white sloping N was 40 Squadron’s marking. A group of Jasta 29 pilots. Karl Gregor is second from left. He had lost his left leg in July 1917 but returned to the unit. Fifth from the left is Harald Auffarth, who had served in two-seater units before becoming leader of Jasta 29. By the end of the war he had claimed nearly 30 victories but did not receive the Pour le Mérite due to the armistice.

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. Private enterprise The British had taken up aviation rather late and were well behind France and Germany.

Return to the N17. Continue north east and then follow the D919 to Seclin. This becomes the D925. At the roundabout take the first right, the D62, to Phalempin. After entering Phalempin turn left into the Rue de Plouick and park. On the other side of the road is an alleyway between two houses, which gives access to the aerodrome. Phalempin Aerodrome The German aerodrome here was based on the farm at 85 Rue J B Lebas, which is still owned by the same family today. Some years ago the barns at the back burned down, so the rear aspect of the farm is different.

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