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.