By Stuart Walcott
"It is now seven weeks because the dispatches from Paris mentioned that Stuart Walcott used to be attacked by way of 3 German airplanes and taken down at the back of the German traces, after he himself had introduced down a German aircraft in his first wrestle 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 identified no matter if his fall proved deadly, or even if the earnest wish of his associates that he's nonetheless alive might be realized."
Unfortunately for the friends and family of Stuart Walcott, his grave was once positioned no longer 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 studies education and scuffling with with the famed Lafayette Escadrille with fellow Americans.
Author — Walcott, Stuart, 1896-1917.
Text taken, entire and whole, from the variation released in Princeton,...
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"It is now seven weeks because the dispatches from Paris mentioned 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 airplane 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 desire of his associates that he's nonetheless alive will be discovered.
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Additional resources for Above the French Lines. Letters of Stuart Walcott, American Aviator; July 4, 1917, to December 8, 1917
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 tried to explain to the Lieutenant but he never heard a word, so I just gurgled with wrath and didn’t do anything. But yesterday we got another monitor who is a different sort. The class after rouleur is decollé—it is the same machine, but one gets off the ground about a metre or two, then slacks up on the motor and settles to the earth. It is strictly forbidden to decollé in the rouleur class.
The monitor was a little peeved because he will be short of machines for a few days, but that was all. I’ve seen as many as ten machines flat on their backs or with tails high in the air, on one field at the same time. For myself, I haven’t capoted or busted any wood since the Blériot days. But I’m knocking on the wooden table now. On several occasions it has been only luck that saved me, as I’ve made many rotten landings. Well, to get back to the diary. After finishing at Avord, I waited around for two days to get papers fixed up, requested and obtained permission and then decided not to use it and left straight for Pau after fond farewells to the friends I’ve been with for three and a half months.
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. There is a long straight stretch of road in front of our piste and he came down that several times, a nasty puffy wind blowing which bothered him not at all, flying only two or three feet off the ground.