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Goodwin's weekly : a thinking paper for thinking people. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1902-1929, June 07, 1919, Image 7

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pany. T T was to bo expected that America's
x "Ace of Aces" would give us the most
thrilling story of aerial warfare. Baron
Itlehthofen, the German, who organized
tho famous "Flying Circus," finished his
book shditly before he was killed. Cap
tain RIckenbackor has returned to us safe
from experiences quite as notable as any
Itlehthofen recorded and ho has given us
a volume that visualizes as perhaps no
other work on aerial lighting doqs the
true naturo of the new wur game.
"When he left for France ho had at
tained renown in the automobile world.
Arrived in France, ho became chauffeur
for General Pershing, but natuially a
man accustomed to the thrills of auto
racing could not bo content with riding
smoothly in an officer's hlph-powered
car, oven though tho car wore that of
the commanding general. It was almost
inevitable that lie should drift into avia
tion. It was inevitable, moreover, that
with any luck at all he should become
one of the foremostof the American aerial
Captain Rlckonhaekor gives us many
stirrjng and brilliant descriptions of
lights which ho beheld or in which lie
participated. In one passage he tolls us
how ho would not kill a helpless German
pilot and contented himself with shep
herding his vanquished ioe into the Am
erican lines. In another he relates how
a brother pilot, Douglas Campbell of San
Jose, took a different view.
"Coming In towards tho observer from
a diagonal diiection Campbell approach
ed to within fifty feet or tho enemy and
saw a curious sight. The observor was
standing proudly upright and his arms
were folded! From the etfgo of his cock
pit the empty ammunition belt floated
overboard and flapped in tno wind. He
had indeed exhausted hia ammunition and
now stood awaiting his coom without a
thought of asking for mercy. Ho wore
a haughty expression on his -face as ho
watched the American approach. As
Doug said later, he was so Impressed
with the bravery of tho action that he
felt ho could not continue the combat
against an unarmed enemy. ThePrus
slan's expression seemed to say: 'Go
ahead and shoot me! I know you have
"Upon second thoughtLioutenant Camp
bell realized this was not a game In
which ho was engaged. It was war.
These men had photograpns of our posi
tions within their cameras which might
bo tho death of hundreds of our boys.
They had done their best to kill him and
ho had endured their bullets In order to
obtain just this opportunity And the
pilot was still continuing his effort to out
wit tho Amorican and get him beneath
his- guns.
"With his next manouvre Campbell be
gan firing. With almost his first burst
he saw that ho had won. The machine
of the enemy suddenly descended very
rapidly, tho noxt second it began falling
out of control, and a few minutes later
Lieutenant Campbell saw its last crash
in our lints, a few hundred yards north
of tho littlo vlllago of Menii-lo-Tours."
Quentin Roosevelt was a lavorlto with
the whole group. Ho wa eager to learn
and eager toflght. How he brought down
an enomy airman Is thus relavxl:
"A fow days boforo his death Quentia
Roosevelt wont over tho lines with his
formation, and they came nomowlthout
him. Later he arrived and laughingly an
nounced that ho had shot down his first
Hun machine. Upon peing questioned
about the combat, he admitted that he
had been lost after striking off by him
self to investigate a large formation of
enomy machines, which ne nad discover
ed in the distance. Resolving to bo pru
dent in tho matter, ho reversed his di
rection after discovering they numbered
over twenty to his one. He flow about
alone for a while, then discovering, as lie
supposed, his own formation ahead or
him ho overtook them, dropped in behind
and waited patiently for something to
"It ramo about fifteen minutes later.
"His formation continued almost
straight ahead during all this time, lie
following quietly along in tho last posi
tion. Quentin had no idea whore they
wore headed and didn't care. He hnd
violated his duty once by leaving them
and now ho intended blindly to follow
tho leader. Meditating thus, he failed to
notlco that the leader had dipped a sig
nal and had begun to virago to the left.
Quentin awoke just in time to seo tho
aoroplano ahead of him suddenly stick
his no'so up and begin a virago. Then to
hls honor lie discovered that ho had been
following an onemy patrol all tho time!
"Every machine ahead of him wore a huge
black maltost cross on its wings nnd tnil!
Thoy woro as unconscious of his identity
as ho had boon of theirs.
"Quentlnflred ono long burst as ho in
turn completed tho virago and rejoined
tho formation. The aeioplanq Immediate
ly preceding him dropped at once and
within a second or two burst into
flames. Quentin put down his noso and
sti eaked it for homo before tho aston
ished Huns had time to notlco what had
happened. He was not even pursued!"
On tho day Quentin mot his fate the
machines on both sides were engaged in
assailing tronches and oodles of men
maiching along tho roads. Roosevelt's
squadron of five planes accepted a chal
lenge to fight with seven of the enomy.
"During tho rapid circling about, in
which both groups wero endeavoring to
break up tho formation of the antagonist,
Quentin discovered the approach of an
other flight of red-nosed Fokkers, coming
from above and behind. Ho withdrew by
himself and flew ahead to meet tho new
comers, climbing as ho flew. The others
weie utterly unconscious of his depart
ure, since Quentin flew in tho last rear
position on one of the wings.
It was a cloudy day and tho aeroplanes
wero up near to and occasionally lost In
tho obscurity of tho clouds. Suddenly
Lieutenant Buford, the leader of Quen
tln's formation, saw a Nluport falling
through tho clouds from above him. It
was out of control as it swept by him.
Without realizing whoso machine it was,
'iford knew that an enemy force was
t 'nvn him. Ho already had more than
his hands full in the present company.
Signaling his pilots to follow him, ho
broke off the contest and recrossed the
lines. Then he discovered the absence
of Quentin Roosevelt!
"That same night a wireless message
camo from the Germans saying that Quen
tin had been shot down oy Sergeant
Thorn of the Rlchthofen Circus. Thorn
at that time hada record of twenty-four O
planes to his credit. Tno additional in- 0
formation was received that Quentin had
been bulled with military honors. No j
honors, however, could have compensat
ed our group for tho loss of that boy. s
The news was flashed throughout the
world that Quentin Roosaveltwas dead 1
Occasional press reports camo to us that I
lie was not In reality killed, but was
merely a prisoner; thereby selling several 1
more papers while unnecessarily distress- I
ing a bereaved family with utterly false s
The author tells of his encountor with I
tho celebrated Rlchthofen Circus. He
had Intervened on bohalr of an American 1
squadron on Its way homo after bom- I
bardlng Metz and pursued by four fast-
moving Fokkers whoso Identity ho did
not then guess:
"After a gradual pique with motor half I
open, I descended to a position within a I
hundred yards of the last man In their 1
formation. The four were in diamond
formation and none of them had seen my 1
approach. At fifty yards I pressed my
triggera and played mv bullets straight
into tho pilot's seat. His machine slip
ped over onto its side and after one wide i'
swoop sideways began Us last long fall
to earth.
"No sooner did my gun begin to I
crackle than tho leader of tho flight 1
swung his machine In a climbing virage, E
tho other two pilots immediately follow- n
ing his example. And then I received ono I
of the biggest jolts I can remember!
"Wo had heard that the famous Rlcht- I
hofen Circus had evacuated its old aero- I
dromo in the west and had been report-
ed in our sector. But so rar none of us
had met them about hen?. Now, as these s
three light Fokkers began simultaneous-
lv to come about at me I found myself
stnrlng full into three beautiful scarlet
nosos headed straight in my direction. If
scarcely needed their color to tell mo who
they wore, for the skill with which they
all came about so suddenly convinced me
that this was no place for me. I bad I
Plundered single-handed into the Rlcht- I
hofen crowd!
"I did my best to get away In a dignified
manner, but a sudden spurt of fire past
my nose convinced me tnat I would be I
very lucky if I got away with an un- I
punctured skin. The contortions I then ' I
undertook must have awakened the ad- I
miration of my three pursuers! At od'i I
moments I would try to admire their ex- I
traordlnary adroitness in handling their "
machines, for tho heavens seemed quite
crowded with those three dancing Fok-
leers. No matter where 1 turned there
were always at least two of them there
before me!
"I need no more living proof of the fly-
ing ability of that celebrated German
squadron of fighting pilots. They whip-
ped their machines about mo with incred-
ible cleverness. I was looking for an
opening for a quick getaway and they
seemed only desirous or Keeping me
twisting my head off to follow their
movements, so I had this slight advant-
ago of them there. At last an opportunity
camo to try to outrun them, and with mo-
tor full open and nose straight down I I
looked back and saw them fading away
In my rear. I
"I relumed to my aerodrome, quite, elat- I
ed with my first victory over this crack i
lighting squadron." r
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