Winter 2018 Issue Coming Soon

Volume 33 No. 4, just going to the printer, contains the following:

The Great Maurice Boyau by David Méchin tells of the French Rugby player and 35 victory ace and balloon buster of Esc. 77

Flugplatz Mariakerke by Eddy Lambrecht explores the operations of a German unit, the 1st Marine Landflieger Abteilung, from this town in Flanders.

Episodes of Air War on the Eastern Front
by Marat Khairulin with editorial assistance by Carl J. Bobrow provides us with a glimpse of operations on this rarely-considered front.

La 8é Avion Boche de Guynemer or: Guynemer's 8th by Charles Gosse examines the story behind French ace Guynemer's 8th victory and a unique artifact from this incident which survives today.

Evasion and Escape: American Aviators In World War 1 by Greg Eanes looks at the stories of some of the first downed US fliers to return from “behind enemy lines”.

IN MEMORIAM: JOHN LANDRY BOUDREAUX, JR. by the OtF Editorial Staff is a tribute to the long-time League member.

Tangible Links by Charles Walthall - This regular column reviews the links between period war souvenirs and the historic record.

Between the Lines by Michael J. O’Neal – Our outgoing President (and continuing Managing Editor) give us his thoughts.

Between the Bookends by Peter Kilduff reviews some recent publications of interest.

News on the Upcoming Journal Issues (Updated Again!)

The remaining issues of Volume 33, for Summer, Autumn and Winter, are indeed progressing.

Volume 33 #2, the Summer 2018 issue, edited by Hannes Täger, has shipped, and you should have it in your hands momentarily. Contents include:

Franz Büchner The Lion of Liepzig - Hannes Täger  presents the biography of this successful Saxon ace.

Wilhelm Frankl - The difficult handling of a Tradition Bearer - Jorg Muckler presents investigates the complex workings of preserving the memory of a national hero.

Bavarian Aviators Adventure in the Syrian Desert -  A rare first person narrative presents a riveting account of adventures in Palestine and the dangers which all fliers in the region faced. 

Some News about Ernst Frieherr von Althaus -  New research by Hannes Täger follows the biography of this early German ace which previously appeared in Over the Front. 

A Grave of French Airmen near Nauroy in the Champagne - The story behind the grave of a downed French aircrew and a recent pilgrimage to honor their service,

Charlie Walthall's Tangible Links column takes on a Germanic flavor this issue with a study of some interesting personal items from Carl Allmenroder and Wilhelm Frankl,

Plus, Peter Kilduff's Between the Bookends.

Volume 33, #3, the Autumn issue, edited by Mike O'Neal, has started to arrive as well.

 Contents include:

Biff Ace-Temporary Captain George William Bulmer, chronicled by his grandson Gary Bulmer, Nick Forder and John Kenyon.

Kaiserliche Und Königliche Luftfahrtruppen-Airmen from Slovakia, by Juraj Cervenka.

 1/Lt. John Sherman Beekley, Escadrille SPA bi-42 by Andrew Waldo and Michael O'Neal.

Dedication and Remembrance - the 2018 League Seminar

 Bristol Fighter Resurrection by Ross Walton

 Also the regular articles and columns.

The Winter 2018 issue should be getting the initial review shortly, and proceeding to layout now the Autumn issue has been completed. The Issue Editor for the Spring 2019 (Vol. 34 #1) is already at work on that, so it may actually be out in the Spring.

Managing Editor Mike O'Neal welcomes any volunteers willing to assist in basic editing, proff-raeding and layout. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view help in those or any other capacities. If you're willing to help out (and get a sneak preview of upcoming issues), or can suggest someone who could handle that job, please let the editor know.

Volume 33 No. 1 Is Coming

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.