Airfields & Airmen Arras (Battleground Europe) by Jack Sheldon

By Jack Sheldon

The newest quantity within the Airfields and Airmen sequence covers the Arras zone. It incorporates 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 aspect is easily lined with visits to their cemeteries and aerodromes. This good researched publication relives the lethal thrills of struggle within the air over the battlefields of the Western entrance.

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One of these claims was probably Unteroffizier Paul Marczinski of Jasta 30 who was killed and is now buried in Lambersart German Cemetery (see page 48). Landis was later awarded a British DFC and figures in another incident in this book (see page 45). One SE5a was seen to go down in flames by an Allied anti-aircraft battery. Strange and another pilot had to land due to engine problems but Laddie failed to return. Though only one SE5a was lost a total of three were claimed and credited to pilots from Jasta 29 in this area at the same time, so it is difficult to decide who might have brought him down.

The former carried out long range reconnaissance for army headquarters and the latter the duties of infantry co-operation and artillery observation. Units were no longer responsible to individual Corps but allocated to each Army and as such were very similar to the shape and operation of the British Brigade system that had evolved a few months earlier. The head of each Army’s flying units was titled Kommandeur der Flieger (Kofl). The Amerikaprogamm With the entry of the United States into the war Germany realized that American industry would soon be a deciding factor and a decision must be forced before this happened.

Nevertheless, it had been effective in the way it had been employed. Under the terms of the Armistice the German air service handed over all its fighters and bombers and though some aeroplanes were used in fighting on the Eastern front during 1919 it was officially disbanded in May 1920. German ranks and their British equivalent German army German British Oberst Colonel Rittmeister Cavalry Captain Hauptmann Army Captain Oberleutnant Lieutenant Leutnant Second Lieutenant Fähnrich Officer Cadet Offizierstellvertreter Warrant Officer Feldwebel Sergeant Major Vizefeldwebel No British equivalent Unteroffizier Corporal Gefreiter Private (First Class) Flieger Enlisted man Pionier Bavarian rank for Flieger German navy Kapitän Captain Kapitänleutnant Lieutenant Commander Oberleutnant zur See Lieutenant Leutnant zur See Sub Lieutenant Oberflugmeister Chief Petty Officer Flugmeister Petty Officer Abbreviations AEO Assistant Equipment Officer AFC Air Force Cross AFC Australian Flying Corps BE Bleriot Experimental CB Companion of the Bath CBE Commander of the Order of the British Empire CMG Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CO Commanding Officer CVO Commander of the Royal Victorian Order CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal DFC Distinguished Flying Cross DFM Distinguished Flying Medal DH De Havilland DSC Distinguished Service Cross DSO Distinguished Service Order EA Enemy aircraft FA Flieger Abteilung FA(A) Flieger Abteilung (A) FE Farman Experimental FEA Flieger Ersatz Abteilung FB Fighting Biplane GC Group Captain GCB Knight Grand Cross of the Bath GCMG Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George HA Hostile Aircraft JG Jagdgeschwader KB Kite Balloon KBE Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire KCB Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath KG Knight of the Order of the Garter LVG Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft MC Military Cross NCO Non Commissioned Officer OC Officer Commanding OM Order of Merit POW Prisoner of War RAF Royal Air Force RAS Reserve Aeroplane Squadron RE Reconnaissance Experimental RFC Royal Flying Corps RN Royal Navy RNAS Royal Naval Air Service SE Scouting Experimental USAS United States Air Service VAD Voluntary Aid Detachment VC Victoria Cross The RFC Order of Battle 9th April 1917 Arras The Arras Area The Eastern Area Chapter One ARRAS: EASTERN AREA This itinerary covers an area which remained in German hands for most of the war.

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