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 pronounced that Stuart Walcott used to be 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 was once feared he were killed; yet even now, after the lapse of approximately months, it's not certainly recognized even if his fall proved deadly, or no matter if the earnest desire of his neighbors that he's nonetheless alive could be realized."

Unfortunately for the friends and family of Stuart Walcott, his grave was once situated no longer 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 stories 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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Now there are two piqué classes: one with a piste about a quarter of a mile long, in which one is supposed to do little more than decollé, get up about five metres and piqué un tout petit peu—hardly at all. After comes the advanced piqué with a much longer piste on which one can get up 100 metres (300 feet). On my first sortie in the piqué, I was told to roll on the ground all the way, so continuing my policy, did a low decollé. Next I was supposed to do a two metre decollé, so went up ten and piquéd.

There are five kinds of Nieuports—differing mainly in size, the smaller being faster and more agile in the air, better adapted to eccentric flying. They are 28, 23, 18, 15, 13 (the baby Nieuport). At Avord I had about a week of D. C. on 28 and 23 (the, numbers refer to size of wings) with several days of no work. Then some days on 23 alone and finally on 18 alone. The landings are a bit different from those of the machines I had been flying as they are faster and the machines are quite nose-heavy.

I hope so. IX—September 9, 1917. Since my last to Father, I have had some very interesting times. First, I finished my brevet with very little excitement, made all my voyages and only got lost a little bit once. Then I saw two machines on the ground in a field, made a rather dramatic spiral and steeply banked descent amidst a crowd of villagers and got away with it; then found that the machines belonged to two monitors who were bringing them from Paris and had effected a panne de château. Being asked what I was doing, I fortunately found a spark plug on the burn and got that repaired.

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