Airfields & Airmen Cambrai by Mike O'Connor

By Mike O'Connor

This newest booklet at the Airfields & Airmen of the 1st international conflict covers the earliest days of the RFC with the retreat from Mons. We stopover at the graves of Fokker Eindecker aces and the airfields the place the 1st Jastas have been shaped. additionally coated are airfields from which Allied aces corresponding to Beauchamp Proctor VC flew and there's a stopover at to the yankee cemetery at Bony that incorporates a variety of aviators.

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In the spring of 1917 V Brigade moved north in anticipation of the forthcoming Flanders offensive. In November 1917 the British launched their attack now called the Battle of Cambrai and the task of air support fell to the units of III Brigade. The disposition of squadrons in this organisation is shown on page 24 In January 1918 V Brigade returned to the southern part of the British line as more of the front was taken over from the French. There was probably more movement of the front line in this area than on any other part of the British sector.

The Factory carried out research into all aspects of aeronautics and did much to standardise component parts of aeroplanes. The value of this was demonstrated during the war when a host of furniture and wagon making companies could be subcontracted to manufacture aeroplanes or aeroplane parts. There was criticism from some areas that the Factory was a government monopoly and this came to a head in 1916 with the so-called ‘Fokker Scourge’ when British losses increased considerably due to obsolete machines.

It is next to the municipal cemetery. Bouchain German Cemetery By German standards the number of graves in this cemetery is quite small, with just over 1,600 burials. The centre of the plot is dominated by a large black cross. The grave we have come to visit is that of Leutnant Martin Demisch. It is situated half way down the left half of the cemetery in Plot 1 and is in the middle of a row. Leutnant Martin Dehmisch Jasta 58 (1/394) In Airfields and Airmen: Ypres page 47 we read an account by Louis Strange of the first gas attack, which occurred in the Ypres area during April 1915.

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