By Jack Sheldon
The newest quantity within the Airfields and Airmen sequence covers the Arras zone. It features 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 lined with visits to their cemeteries and aerodromes. This good researched booklet relives the lethal thrills of conflict within the air over the battlefields of the Western entrance.
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Continue through the village and after the level crossing pick up signs ahead for Billy-Berclau. Pass over the canal to the roundabout and follow signs to Centre Ville. After the town centre, pass the church and follow German signs to the cemetery. Billy-Berclau German Cemetery It is sad to say that the first time I visited this cemetery about two thirds of the metal crosses had been snapped off just above the ground in a mindless act of vandalism. The cemetery staff had been forced to drive the broken ends into the grass to stand them up again.
Continue north east and then follow the D919 to Seclin. This becomes the D925. At the roundabout take the first right, the D62, to Phalempin. After entering Phalempin turn left into the Rue de Plouick and park. On the other side of the road is an alleyway between two houses, which gives access to the aerodrome. Phalempin Aerodrome The German aerodrome here was based on the farm at 85 Rue J B Lebas, which is still owned by the same family today. Some years ago the barns at the back burned down, so the rear aspect of the farm is different.
The picture depicts Flight Lieutenant C D Booker of 8 Naval Squadron, based at Mont-St-Éloi, in his Sopwith Triplane N5482 ‘Maud’, shooting down Oberleutnant Adolf Ritter von Tutschek, commander of Jasta 12. Tutschek, who had been awarded the Pour le Mérite, was severely wounded. He was killed in action on 15 March 1918. See page 125 and Airfields and Airmen: Somme page 66. CONTENTS Introduction by Series Editor Acknowledgements Author’s Introduction How the Guide works Table of Maps The Development of Military Flying Abbreviaitons The Order of Battle of the RFC 3 Brigade 9 April 1917 Chapter 1 The Eastern Area Chapter 2 The Northern Area Chapter 3 The Western Area Conclusion Further Reading Selective Index INTRODUCTION BY SERIES EDITOR Airfields and Airmen: Arras is the fourth in this excellent addition to the Battleground Europe series.