The Spring issue is finally on its way, and features an interesting lineup. Issue editor Peter Kilduff has marshaled the talents of several League authors whose contributions span German, British and Franco-American stories. Lance Kreig contributes for the modelers and Charlie Walthall launches a new feature examining the material culture connecting story and artifact.
In The Lafayette Escadrille in the Grinder of Combat, Steven A. Ruffin examines the famous Escadrille Lafayette's operational experience in the battle of Verdun.
Founding League member and frequent contributor Peter Kilduff presents the events of The Last Big German Air Raid Over England in May 1918 in detail, including newly compiled information.
The prolific Job Guttman relates the story of West Virginia native, and Royal Flying Corps ace, Louis Bennett, Jr.: America's Second-Ranking Balloon Ace. Jon traces Bennett's story from enlistment through his meteoric combat experience and finally his death after just a few weeks of combat flying. The story that develops after Bennett's death is as interesting as his combat experience.
The autumn of 1916 saw the first German aerial mission which deposited saboteurs behind the lines to disrupt supply lines. Windisch’s and von Cossel’s Airborne Operation in October 1916 by German correspondent Sebastian Rosenbloom chronicles this little known mission on the Eastern Front by a crew which featured future Pour le Merite ace, Rudolf Windisch.
Issue editor Kilduff takes another look at the too-good-to-be-true aerial combat photography in Photo Fakery: A Look at “Cockburn-Lange” Photographs which includes seldom seen photos of the photos which presented a fantastic - though forged - look at aerial combat.
For the Modellers, Going to the Source – Junkers D.I by Lance Krieg examines the Junkers fighter in some detail. Those working on the recent Wingnut Wings release in 1/32 scale of this unusual fighter will find this a useful guide to the Junkers cockpit.
Tangible Links: Exploring The Material Culture of WW1 Aviation, moderated by Charles Walthall, Ph.D is the first in what will be a continuing series of features tying together memorabilia and artifacts with the stories and events of the war in the air.
The League pays homage to long time contributor Dieter H.M. Gröschel, M.D.
A brief photo essay by Peter Kilduff follows Lt Hyman C. Block, 89th Aero Squadron through his service at the 2nd Corps Aeronautical School at Chatillion-sur-Seine, France.
The Winter 2017 Issue is out now.
Issue Editor Colin Owers has yet another wide-ranging issue for us to wrap up Volume 32.
With DeTurenne - Gamecock of the Air Colin Owers, Jon Guttman and David Mechin present a translation of an interview with Capitaine Armand de Turenne, 15 victory ace who served with SPA 48 and SPA 12.
In Leutnant Max Ritter von Mulzer; The Bavarian Flying Corps’ First Pour le Merite Recipient German correspondent Reinhard Kastner relates the career of Leutnant Max Mulzer, the first Bavarian recipient of the Pour le Merite.
The Courtis-Suffit Lescop Fighter The little known French designed Courtis-Suffit Lescop fighter is the subject of Colin Owers' essay on this innovative airplane. While never developed, it incorporated unique design elements that would come into wide use post-war.
In Memorium: Maria Fede Caproni reviews the life and far-reaching influence of Countess Maria Fede Caproni in a memorial tribute by Italian correspondent and League member Gregory Alegi.
The Editors have prepared a photo essay on 1/Lt. John "Jack" Rumsey in Egypt.
With The Short Bomber, Colin rounds off this issue with a copiously illustrated history of the development of the Short Bomber. Used by the RNAS, the aircraft suffered teething and production troubles, presented in detail by the issue editor.
The Autumn 2017 issue of Over The Front has finally arrived!
Volume 32 Number 3 was unavoidably delayed in layout, for which Managing Editor Mike O’Neal apologizes (at the insistence of League President Mike O’Neal)(His arm is getting tired changing hats all the time!). Issue Editor Jack Herris has pulled together a broad range of articles with something for everyone (except, possibly, RFC/RNAS/RAF buffs).
A History of FA(A) 213 by League member Rob Tholl presents the first published history of this unit. Rob's interest stretches back to his youth when he discovered his grandfather served as a funker (Radio operator) in the unit from 1916 until the end of the war.
Validity of French Aerial Losses and Claims 1917-1918 by Peter Fedders, Ph.d, examines the validity of French aircraft losses and victory claims. Taking a statistical approach Dr. Fedders presents his view of the relationship between reality and the "official" record.
Looking into German vs. Allied Aircraft Development Jack Herris applies his extensive knowledge of the German and Allied aircraft industries to examine the differences in philosophy and execution in the technical development of combat aircraft.
In The Brusilov Offensive Aerial Combat NASM staff member Carl Bobrow takes us to the eastern front and presents a newly translated work which recounts the Russian Air Arm's operations during the Brusilov Offensive.
The Summer 2017 issue of Over the Front should have arrived .
President (and cover artist) Michael O'Neal discusses the League's fund-raising efforts to place a World War I memorial at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
The 166th Aero Squadron – A History in Photos, by Charles G. Thomas and Michael J. O’Neal
The brief history of the 166th Aero squadron is captured in this article illustrated with 70 photos – most previously unpublished. From formation, through brief service at the front, to their role with the Army of Occupation, “Chuck” Thomas and League President Michael O’Neal have combined photographic resources to fil in the history of this obscure unit.
The 9th Aero Squadron’s Fokkers – A Photo Essay, by Greg VanWyngarden
League Contributing Editor Greg Van Wyngarden provides a unique glimpse of the Fokkers assigned to the 9th Aero during their time with the Army of Occupation. Beginning with a well know photo of the famous “white” Fokker D.VII in 9th Aero Squadron Service, Greg fleshes out the story of this airplane with seventeen - many never-before published - photos of the airplane.
Independent: New Jersey’s IAF Volunteers, by Michael J. O’Neal
The strategic Bombing mission of the Independent Force is the backdrop for the story of four American crewman – all New Jersey natives - who served with Britain’s premier long-range bombing units in 1918. Forty photos of the IF’s crews, aircraft and their German opponents illustrate the story of the IF’s first American casualty and his three successors.
A Short Time Across the Pond – 1/Lt. Lloyd Ludwig, by Michael J. O’Neal
Not all who served made it to the front. The brief biography of 2/Lt. Lloyd Ludwig illustrates the perils of flight training. Read what happens when youthful enthusiasm, a snowstorm and a well-worn SE-5A collide.
Jersey Driver: 2/Lt. Barry Truscott, 56 Squadron RFC, By Michael J. O’Neal
The story of the American YMCA delegate who enlists in the Royal Flying Corps, ends up with arguably the most famous British WW 1 fighter squadron and who ultimately succumbs to the stress of life as a combat pilot.
The issue concludes with Between the Bookends.