Airfields & Airmen Arras (Battleground Europe) by Jack Sheldon

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By Jack Sheldon

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

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Left in front of the church towards Carnin and then left at German sign for the cemetery. The marker at Ball’s crash site. Annoeullin German Cemetery By German standards this is a small cemetery with only 1,627 graves but it contains one burial of particular interest to the British visitor. The grave we are visiting is that of one of Britain’s first popular flying heroes, Albert Ball. His grave is unusual as it is the sole British one in a German cemetery and has a civilian headstone, not having been replaced with a Commonwealth War Graves Commission one.

Albert Ball Crash Site After the war Ball’s father located the exact spot where his son had been killed and purchased the field. On the exact spot where the crash occurred he had erected two stone markers. They marked the position of the nose and the tail of the crashed SE5a. Only one stone remains and this is believed to indicate the position of the nose. On it the visitor will see inscribed: To the loving memory of Captain Albert Ball, VC, DSO, Two Bars, MC, Croix de Chevalier Legion d’Honneur, Order of Saint George, Russia, Hon Freeman of the City of Nottingham.

The End In June 1918 Kogenluft produced another expansion plan but German industry was unable to meet these targets, due to the lack of raw materials. The training of pilots and observers could also not keep up with demand. Finally, the Allied blockade reduced the amount of fuel that German aeroplanes were able to use. At the Armistice on 11 November 1918 the German army had some 280 flying units and a personnel total of about 4,500, which was considerably less than the RAF. Nevertheless, it had been effective in the way it had been employed.

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