Issue Editor Greg VanWyngarden has put together an issue with articles covering French aces (by David Méchin), the effectiveness of bombing campaigns (by Steve Suddaby, whose database on bombing missions is available here), the victories of Leut. D. R. Leopold Anslinger on the Eastern Front (by Marat Khairulin) and a look inside a contemporary memorial album for Eduard Böhme (by Lance Bronnekant) along with a tribute to the late World War I aviation historian and past OtF editor and League Board member Stewart Taylor from Peter Kilduff and others. In addition, the Modeling Corner looks at the evolution of scale model kits, Peter Kilduff reviews new books, and League President Dan Polglaze gives a look at what the League is planning down the road (a hint – you’ll want to renew promptly!).
Issue Editor Hannes Tager and Managing Editor Mike O'Neal have released the Autumn 2020 issue of Over the Front to the printer. As is not surprising considering the editor, the articles have a distinctly German slant:
1) Hartmuth Baldamus by Hannes Tager. Issue editor Hanne Tager offers the biography of 18 victory German ace Hartmuth Baldamus.
2) Flieger Psycologie by Hannes Tager. A study of the effects of combat fatigue from the German perspective.
3) Fatal Heatstroke by Rainer Absmeier. Our German correspondent presents a study of the problem of ammunition self-ignition in the Fokker D.VII suffered by the German Luftstreikrafte in the summer of 1918.
4) The Flying Careers of the Saxon Straube Brothers by Hannes Tager. The previously unpublished family photo album provides a unique photo essay of two brothers who both served as pilots in reconnaissance units.
Issue Editor Charley Gosse has assembled a collection of articles largely focused on American fliers; even the article on René Fonck has American tie-ins.
1) A Saint George on the Front by Will Simpson. First time author Will Simpson offers the biography of New Jersey native and Lafayette Escadrille pilot Ronald Wood Hoskier
2) Six in One Day by David Mechin. The wager that turned into a sextuple victory for France's leading ace Rene Fonck is the subject of David Mechin's offering.
3) Lt. John Dewitt 94th Aero Squadron: Last to the Front by Alan Toelle. The diary of the last pilot assigned to the 94th Aero Squadron before the end of WW 1 provides the framework for the story of a late arrival to the front.
4) Insignia of the Lafayette Escadrille and 103rd Aero Squadron in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Collection by Charles Gosse. Issue editor Charles Gosse offers a detailed study of the seven original insignia in the national collection. Color photos and a full color insert highlight the study of these important national artifacts.
5) The Unknown Kiffin Rockwell by Steve Toms. An interesting look into the psychology and motivations of the Lafayette Escadrille pilot.
6) Champagne and Confetti by David Mechin. The amusing mission and tragic end of a heretofore unknown French reconnaissance pilot.
7) Where the Tree Falls by Richard Dobbins. The story of how the last wish of President Theodore Roosevelt for his son Quentin to remain buried where he fell was undone by his surviving children.
Getting back on schedule, Volume 35 Number 1 has shipped. Colin Owers has produced another outstanding issue. Articles include:
1) The Dornier D 1 by Colin Owers. A study of the construction and development of the Zeppelin-Lindau (Dornier) D.1 all metal fighter.
2) The Caudron G.6 by David Mechin. A review of the service use of the twin-rotary engined and reconnaissance machine by French author David Mechin.
3) Eyewitness - The True Colors and Markings of German Aircraft in WW 1 by Colin Owers and Greg VanWyngarden. A detailed study of colors and markings using original eyewitness reports and copious photos of captured German aircraft.
4) The US Navy's Bureau of Construction & Repair and the Supply of Aircraft during the 1917-1918 war with the Central Powers by Colin Owers. Using a previously unpublished Navy report, the author traces the overall process, problems and solutions to the supply of aircraft to the USN during the war.
For those who need still more, Peter Kilduff and colleagues review ten books you'll want to add to your library.