Well it looks like you got back to one of my hero's, and such bad things you say. Cameldriver was nice though. Bert Hall was a friend of my Dads also Reg Denny's they used to meet at Denny' hobby shop on Hollywood Blvd, when my Dad was working for Denny. I met Bert Hall there a few times and he treated me very well and I liked him. he took the time to talk to a kid who loved WW1 aeroplanes, and told him stories.
Hall was a hillbilly. he was older then the other L/E flyers and he knew how to play cards a little better than the school boys. did he cheat, who knows, he was a con-man, no question about it, But he was also very interesting fellow to talk with.
He had a way with the ladies from Mata Hari to the beautiful lady (his last wife) shown in Gordon's book. which you should make a point in reading.
My Dad first met Bert when both Dad and Hall worked for Hagenback-Wallace Circus before the first WW started in 1914.
Bert went to France and joined the Foreign legion,and served in the trenchs, he joined the L/E and he did the job. Bill Thaw
liked him, my Dad liked him and I liked him. he was 63 years old when he died in 1948. and I have thought of him often, he was a good guy. Muff