By Jack Sheldon
The most recent quantity within the Airfields and Airmen sequence covers the Arras region. 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 facet is definitely coated 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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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. Also in the photograph but unidentified is Bernhard Brunnecker. In the vicinity of Carvin they met four enemy scouts and a general fight commenced from a height of 16,000 feet.
E. were its great strength, its diving and zooming powers, and its splendid view. Apart from this, it was a most warm, comfortable and easy machine to fly. It was very fine to be on a machine that was faster than the Huns, and I may say that it increased one’s confidence enormously to know that one could run away just as soon as things became too hot for one. Ball had taken a dislike to the SE5 on a short acquaintance the previous November and shortly after 56 Squadron arrived on the Western Front he was unusually allocated a Nieuport Scout for his personal use.
At the beginning of October Ball was posted to Home Establishment. He had claimed 32 enemy machines, attacking any odds at any time and had provided a splendid example to the RFC for courage and aggression. At home he was feted by all and sundry and pursued by the Press. On 18 November 1916 he attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace and received his DSO with two bars plus his MC. He was the first person in the British army to receive three DSOs. On February 19 1917 at a large function Ball was made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Nottingham, a rare distinction for someone so young.