Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.


APV-iNT! ill. XB.AIt TURKISH POST'S. a i; (■;m,\iHvAßeLi-i rkm i'i-i. .O'di. hi! R.-C’i.t ter with the first Australian Force.) CAIRO. January 8. A erni-.r watching a certain part of the Ttnibsb co.i-t line sent out a seaplane with a Fi'i’iicli pili.t and (,'aptaiu Stirling, of tilo Flying Corps, as observer. The "plane" tb-w over a wide, rocky desert into a valley -lint in by high, barren mountain-. It was found that Tnikish post, exi-lcd hi Ilia di-trict. The seaplane ro-e the bills, but when 2u miles nil,nek and at, a height of o.OCOIt, the engine -topped. Tim situation was preear'ou-. a., a seaplane cannot land -aiedy -o.c’-pt in’-r. A jiatcli of sand was vi-;b!c far below amongst, some rocks, and lie.- Frenchman steered for it. Me a magnificent volplane lowanr;--the eat tli. and turned of: the magneto in order to |eevent lite, 11” then banked up the nun-bine again-t the wind, so as to check it- speed, and finally, striking still air, the seaplane fell .- wittly toward- the

.Oik- moment the floats touched the -mid the. tail 'I ilk' leadline was thrown l (i. The Frenchman t was hurled clear, lint Captain -Stirling was pinned down, •» ith his legs hunt ov.-r spine, Petrol soaki d Ins clothe.-, ram. anil hair, hut fortunately did not catch lire lie call; I out to the Frenchman. 'ml the latter did not reply. Presently Stirling called again, and the cry brought the stunned Ftenehnimi to his senses. lie extricated Stirling, and the two started to return, tho Frenchman leaning on. Stirling.

Afttr they had covered four miles in four hours the. Frenchman complained of internal pain,, and was forced to give up. .Stirling gave him half a chocolate and all tho water he had. and then went on alone. He walked 16 miles in four hours. Tho country was bristling with rocks, and Turks wore often in view. A horseman with a dog, who was scouting out from Ins paity, approached to within 100 yds. Stirling lay in the shadow of a bush. The horseman stopped and shouted to a distant party. Stirling thought he had been discovered. and crept back along a rocky ledge to a marsh. When night came on ho crept through the Turkish camp fires to water, being desperately thirsty, but expecting momentarily to tie seen. Finally be reached the coast, only to find that the cruiser

had gone. The captain, knowing that an accident had happened, as the .aviators were hours overdue, had pub out to sea. Stirling slept in a hiding [dace, and when he woko it was still dark. He heard the cruiser returning, and rilled out. Those on the cruiser heard him, and flashed a searchlight. SHrl’ng appeared, end was taken off. ■ A strong parly, with gnus, searched for the Frenchman til! morning, but failed to liud him. and gave no hope. Tito captain felt an intense conviction that the airman would yet he finnd. and bo urged a return to search a particular portion of the beach. He turned the ship hack, and when the point was reached lie Hashed a light. The beam showed up some huts on the rocks near the shore. From one of those staggered the figure- of the Frenchman. The story, winch L unquestionably true, is one of the nio.-.t wonderful in the history of aviation.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

Bibliographic details

AVIATORS IN PERIL., Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

Word Count

AVIATORS IN PERIL. Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.