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Photo by J.R. Williams
The memorial to Georges Guynemer in the center of Poelkapelle, Belgium was erected in 1923. The stork at the top of the monument is flying in the last known direction of Guynemer's plane, Vieux Charles.

The inscription at the base of the monument reads: "In this corner of a Belgium ravaged by war, a French hero fell in the defence of violated rights. Georges Guynemer whose wings of victory granted him at twenty one an incomparable glory in the skies of combat. The Belgian pilots who had the honour to fight at his side raised this monument in testimony to their admiration born in the brotherhood of arms."

Another monument to Georges Guynemer stands outside the HQ Armée de l'air in Paris.
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