Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1949 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
AVIATOR FLIES AND BOMBS GERMAN RAIL
' WAY WITH ONLY ONE CYLINDER IN ACTION I
"The Observer Dropped Several Ten-pound Bombs and Ope Twenty.
Destroyed the Railway."
Paris, France, Sept. 18. In the
morning twilight the aeroplanes were
coming back from over the German
lines. One crippled almost touched
Its two occupants stepped out The
observer, with Gallic enthusiasm,
kissed tie aviator on the cheek.
'Bravo!" he cried.
s The aviator, trembling, sat on a
pile of propellor-blades.
"My God!" he said.
Jhen he told the story of his thrih-
ling flight. x v
" 'Twas 3 o'clock, and cold, when
tfe started. I-heard cries of 'Luck to
you!' as my -machine whirled into
"I had been flying ten minutes
when I suddenly realized my machine
was no longer rising. We were only
4,800 feet above earth!
"I tried to go higher. Impossible!
I knew we had crossed the lines, for
a'shell burst in our wake!
"I was under orders to destroy a
piece of railway. But here I was in
a crippled aero a close target for the
waking 'Germans' guns, flying into
almost certain death and failure!
"I thought of turning back, but I
thought of my flight commander
words: . t