By Stuart Walcott
"It is now seven weeks because the dispatches from Paris suggested that Stuart Walcott used to be attacked by means of 3 German airplanes and taken down in the back of the German traces, 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 have been 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 acquaintances that he's nonetheless alive can be realized."
Unfortunately for the friends and family of Stuart Walcott, his grave used to be positioned no longer lengthy after the Princeton Alumni magazine revealed 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 struggling with with the famed Lafayette Escadrille with fellow Americans.
Author — Walcott, Stuart, 1896-1917.
Text taken, complete and entire, from the version 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
The monitor was a bit mad and talked to me a bit in French. The next morning I was called in to see the chief of the Blériot school, Lt. de Chavannes, a very nice officer. He told me that my monitor was not satisfied with me—that he had told me to do something (cut the motor when the machine started to turn) three separate times, and that each time I had intentionally disobeyed, that if anything like that happened again I would be radiated (discharged from the school). That was quite the first I had ever heard of it and I was so mad at the monitor that I could have kicked him in the head.
I have gotten to like him immensely since he has been here. I never had a better time in my life than one evening in Paris with Chet. However quiet the party, he is the life of it. It must be that I take my weekly shave—in cold, cold water, with a dull, dull razor. Oh, happy thought! Tell the father and brothers hello from me. Also tell — to drop me a line of what he’s doing and when he’s coming over. STUART. VII—September 1, 1917. The wild man in the Nieuport was out again this morning giving someone a joy ride.
Whereupon consenting, I am now in the decollé class, leaving sixteen rather peeved Americans who arrived in the rouleur the same time I did, who can perform in the rouleur quite as well as I can and who will remain in the rouleur for some time yet. They’ve no grudge against me, however, as it was only a streak of luck on my part. Later in the morning I had some sorties in the decolleur and got up two or three metres. The wind was too strong, so my trips were a bit rough, but nothing was damaged—so hurrah for Friday, the thirteenth.
Above the French Lines. Letters of Stuart Walcott, American Aviator; July 4, 1917, to December 8, 1917 by Stuart Walcott
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