By Michael O'Connor
During this newest addition to the Airfields and Airmen sequence, Mike OConnor describes the dramatic air activities that happened alongside the Belgian and North France beach throughout the nice War.In addition to the Royal combating Corps and RAF element this quantity covers the Royal Naval Air provider (RNAS) and Belgian Air provider (AMB) in addition to the German Naval Air carrier.
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An important feature is the number of foreign pilots and airmen who have been incorporated into his story – the Germans, the Belgians, the French and the Americans all get plenty of space. This particular volume is ambitious, as it covers areas mainly outside the centres for Great War battlefield visitors; but Mike has skilfully produced a number of itineraries that go a long way to overcoming this handicap. The war in the air has a fascination all of its own; the nature of the combat and the stress upon those engaged in it were unique and it allows a rather different form of investigation than for their earth and sea bound comrades in arms.
No, the ship’s skeleton lay just outside. I hurled myself against it with all my force, but sprang back. I tensed my muscles. In desperation I made a jump through the distorted half open door. The waist clasps of my leather coat caught on something, but the force of my leap tore them out. I landed outside amid the burning wreckage of the ship, and dashed through the glowing, smouldering remains. The army airship LZ37. On the left can be seen the forward gondola in which Alfred Müller had his miraculous escape.
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. 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. Belgium Belgium’s small size, limited resources and intention to remain neutral in any conflict, all led to meagre beginnings for the Belgian Air Service – the Aviation Militaire Belge (AMB).