Above the French Lines. Letters of Stuart Walcott, American by Stuart Walcott

By Stuart Walcott

"It is now seven weeks because the dispatches from Paris mentioned that Stuart Walcott used to be attacked by means of 3 German airplanes and taken down in the back of the German traces, after he himself had introduced down a German airplane in his first strive against on December 12, 1917, and that it used to be feared he have been killed; yet even now, after the lapse of approximately months, it isn't certainly identified no matter if his fall proved deadly, or even if the earnest wish of his pals that he's nonetheless alive should be realized."

Unfortunately for the friends and family of Stuart Walcott, his grave used to be situated now not lengthy after the Princeton Alumni magazine published the above. He had given his lifestyles for his beliefs of Democracy and Freedom battling above the fields of France as a pilot. His letters recount his reviews education and combating with the famed Lafayette Escadrille with fellow Americans.

Author — Walcott, Stuart, 1896-1917.

Text taken, complete and entire, from the variation released in Princeton,...

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Moses, only let a Lieutenant and me go up, as we had gone better than the others last night. First it was a bit rainy and always bumpy as the deuce—air puffs and pockets which require the entire corrective force of the wing warp and rudder to overcome. My last sortie was decidedly active. The wind had developed into a bit of a breeze which is to a Blériot like a rough sea to a row boat. Two or three times I got a puff that tipped the machine way over—put the controls over as far as I could and waited.

Or Lufberry just mentions in passing that he got another Boche this morning, but those — observer people won’t give him credit for it. He has fourteen official now and probably twice as many more never allowed him. Some days ago during the attack he had seven fights in one day, brought down six of them and got credit for one. Which must be discouraging. XIV—November 5, 1917. Well—{5}: Here I find myself writing to you without waiting for the usual two or three months to elapse. Do you realize that it was over five and a half months ago that I left my native land?

In the meantime word had spread over the countryside that an aviator had come down there and the entire population came out to look him over. A grand equipage drove up with a Count who lived in a nearby château. He insisted that Eddie come to the château and accept their hospitality. There the fortunate Ed stayed five days; the Countess talked English, and also some house guests. , from the Count; went down to see the machine every day in the baronial barouche. Whenever he went to the little town in the vicinity all the kids followed him around the streets and when at last he left, he was presented with a multitude of bouquets and had to kiss each and every donor.

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