FIGHTS IN MID-AIR
THRILLING ESCAPES. According to an official note, a French aeroplane, attached 1o a small squadron, piloted by a sergeant, and having on board an observation lieutenant, was returning from a rpconnni&snnco on the front, when a machine driven by a Gorman aviator was observed steering a course in the direction of Amiens. The French aeroplane immedialelv went in pursuit, but it soon became apparent. U:al the speed of the enemy's machine was superior, ;,nd that it, would be impossible to evert-ike it before it reached Amiens. The latter having executed a number of evolutions tor the purpose of dropping bomb?, at first on the aviaiion ground and then on the village of Caiiiy, was at last overtaken by Hie French aeroplane. The lieutenant, fired a humlreil mitrailleuse shots, ?li«hUv damaging the (iorman aeroplane, but unfortunately without, hitting the pilot or the material puis of the machine. The pilot of the French machine- drove it supcrblv. the aviabn- working up Lis engine, till hi- aeroplane was travelling with the sreed uf an albatio.-s. and he a-.:- a course s(rai>hi over Cailly. and prepared to atiack the enemy- 'IT-' 1 tiermau piiot. finding Mm-clf hard pressed, executed a desperate mauceuvre. JI3 suddenly made a. half turn, and with trrral. skill directed his maciiinc, which was' driven at Icrrilic speed, down
upon that piloted %t the Frenchman. The French aviation sers-eairl. bw the 'nin-nceuvre sir, once, and in order to avoid the collision which was. the >bjcc; oi the German's dash turned his- murine at such sn acute angle that the- mitrailleuse on the French machine he-anie displaced, :ind tclt into the "capot. With sreal difficulty the French pilot succeeded in regaining liis equiiibriuni. but by that lime the German aviator had managed to set away. . At. the sjiine time another aviation ehVer. who had landed ni- Amiens, on perceiving the. enemy's machine, which was then over the. town" ascended on his 'l'oraine. He took with him his mechanic, and working up to a grout height at once went in pursr.il of the German aeroplane. Fiymg with great skill, ho overtook the German just as the latter had cleared the- outskirts of Amiens, and prticr.ied ihe (icnsiai: from returning to his own iiiicj. Tii/ French aviator pursued the oneir.y !o ii:c environs of "Moiiididier. His machine getting within range, the mechanic tired 10 shot.-, none of which apparenilv took effect. During ihi« lima the German was no! idle, and lust, tired three shots, one of which ptiK/ratMl the petrol reservoir and .-umihi-r ihe -rat which ihe mechanic oeeiipad. In muscii'ienee of lark of ammunition i-nd p"h a the French aviator was compelled to abaudi.ii ihe. pursuit. On the samr day, at a Urn; 10-45 in ihe morning, n -Moraine machine, driven by a corporal, who had with liim an ob>eivation
lieutenant, went up to reconnoitre the enemy's defensive works situated in the environs of Dompierre. Again the French aviator sighted an enemy's machine. Nofj withstanding that the French aviators wera onlv armed "with revolvers. Ih<?y attacked tha enemy, bur a shot from a mitrailleuse with ' which (be Germen machine was armed struck ! the whirrs of tli./ French aeroplane, and tl'o i plucky pilet and his assistant were comi pe.Ho.d to descend. Owing to- the damage ' done, the de-,-i-:it had io be carried out in I <>rcat haste, and this the French pilot sitc- ' ceeded in Joins in safety, his sang froid and is\>!l b<-i;tz of the hi.'.-hcst order, and he drj seended on Ihe aviation ground at Amicus.
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FIGHTS IN MID-AIR, Evening Star, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915