By Stuart Walcott
"It is now seven weeks because the dispatches from Paris stated that Stuart Walcott was once attacked by means of 3 German airplanes and taken down at the back of the German strains, 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 were killed; yet even now, after the lapse of approximately months, it's not certainly identified no matter if his fall proved deadly, or even if the earnest wish of his neighbors that he's nonetheless alive will 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 revealed the above. He had given his existence for his beliefs of Democracy and Freedom battling above the fields of France as a pilot. His letters recount his reports education and combating with the famed Lafayette Escadrille with fellow Americans.
Author — Walcott, Stuart, 1896-1917.
Text taken, entire and entire, from the variation released in Princeton,...
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Extra resources for Above the French Lines. Letters of Stuart Walcott, American Aviator; July 4, 1917, to December 8, 1917
As the big attack is over, there is comparatively little activity. Sometimes one goes for a whole patrol without being fired on and without seeing an enemy machine anywhere near the lines. During the three days I’ve been here, the group has accounted for several Boches without any losses whatever. Young Bridgeman of the Lafayette Escadrille had a bullet through his fuselage just in front of his chest, but suffered no damage except from fright. There are several escadrilles in the group, a groupe de combat—it is called—all have Spads which makes it very nice.
I went up through some light clouds and when I got to 3,500, the top of my recording barograph, more clouds had formed and I was practically shut off from the earth, nothing but a beautiful sea of clouds below me, a very beautiful sight. One other machine was in sight, far below me, but on top of the clouds. Not wanting to get lost I came down through the clouds and stayed out my hour just above 2,000 and below the clouds, where the air was very much churned up, keeping me very busy. Just as soon as the time was up I came down with a pair of very chilled feet, making the 2,000 metres in five minutes to the ground.
Afterward at Paris, I talked to a few very dressed up ensigns with wings on them somewhere (Walker is the only name I remember), and they told me that — was near Bordeaux and in the same group with themselves. , I might have gone to see the Big Boy. Yesterday I went to see Billy and another classmate in an artillery camp the other side of Paris. They are officers of the U. S. A. and live as such, which incites in me much envy as I am still a mere corporal of France and treated with no more than my due—not quite as much I sometimes think.
Above the French Lines. Letters of Stuart Walcott, American Aviator; July 4, 1917, to December 8, 1917 by Stuart Walcott
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