thanks for your prompt answer to one of the series of questions
Gentili / Variale ' I reparti dell'aviazione italiana nella Grande
Guerra ' says about the Bahl / Coleman last encouner :
'On October 27th six planes took off from Tombette to bomb Vittorio
Veneto...Ca.11669 did not return and its crew was composed of
the American pilots De Witt and Bahl and the Italians Cutello and
Cantarutti. It was later learned that the Italian bomber was attacked and shot down in the skies of Pergine by five fighters with the death of its whole
crew. Among the Austrian fighter pilots were Oberleutnant Roman
Schmit and Emmerich von Horvath. Lieutenant De Witt gained the Medaglia
d'Oro al Valor Militare.'
But what about Lieutenant Alexander M. Craig's victory on June
24th, 1918 ? He was part of the first contingent of pilot-trainees
sent to Foggia and was attached to 7a Squadriglia with another
5 Americans in the summer of 1918. Gentili / Variale mention
an enemy fighter shot down on June 24th by Ca.11497 ( crew
sottotenente Edgardo Farina - pilot -, observator Cuscianna and
machine-gunner De Villoni ) of 7a Squadriglia but no mention of Mr.
Craig in the crew...
What do you mean by 'The other Italian bases are fairly well covered in John Sloan's book Wings of Honor
'. Which bases, army ones - Foggia - or the book mentions also the navy ones ?
My main interest in posting these questions were :
- 'USMCAS Ponta Delgada'...?
- any info, or corroboration with anyone willing to share, on the organisation of the various bases I mention as existing. Could you say if there would be anything of interest to me in ' Wings of honour ' ?
Are you dealing with the New Jersey aircrew biographies (...only 307 remaining ) mentioned below the Bahl / Coleman photo attached ? All the best with it.
Thanks again, Alexis Mehtidis