By Stuart Walcott
"It is now seven weeks because the dispatches from Paris stated that Stuart Walcott was once attacked by way of 3 German airplanes and taken down in the back of the German strains, after he himself had introduced down a German aircraft in his first strive against on December 12, 1917, and that it used to be feared he were killed; yet even now, after the lapse of approximately months, it isn't certainly identified even if his fall proved deadly, or no matter if the earnest desire of his associates that he's nonetheless alive could be realized."
Unfortunately for the friends and family of Stuart Walcott, his grave was once positioned now not lengthy after the Princeton Alumni magazine published the above. He had given his existence for his beliefs of Democracy and Freedom combating 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, entire and whole, from the version released in Princeton,...
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Additional resources for Above the French Lines. Letters of Stuart Walcott, American Aviator; July 4, 1917, to December 8, 1917
M. for high patrol, which means they are to fly above the thousand metres. Two of the pilots had to return because of motor trouble, leaving one pilot whom Stuart was following. “At 12:50 a. m. they ran across a German biplane machine. The French pilot attacked first, but had to withdraw because of trouble with his machine gun. He reports that the ‘Spad [Stuart Walcott’s machine], that had been following him, he last saw a thousand metres above him, or the German. Also that the German had gone back over his lines.
A terribly hard life that of an aviator on the western front! No appels (meaning roll calls), discipline or inspections. Only, if there should happen to be a good day, one might be wanted to fly a bit. So far (I have only been out here a week) we have had perfectly ideal aviators’ weather—nice low misty clouds about 300 or 400 feet up, which quite prevent aerial activity and yet one is not bothered by mud or depressed by rain. In the morning, one awakes, pokes his head out the window, says “What lo!
S. Government. I last heard from him in a postal written on the last stop of the last triangle of his brevet, so he should be through training before much longer. The other Chester, Bassett, is still at Avord, so I cannot deliver your note to him....
Above the French Lines. Letters of Stuart Walcott, American Aviator; July 4, 1917, to December 8, 1917 by Stuart Walcott