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Old 15 February 2012, 03:16 AM   #1
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pilots you like

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are there any pilots you have just taken a liking to?, despite the passage of time and the fact that you have never met them, they just reach out to you because of their achievements or attitude; my own favourites are Boelke for his innovation, Immelman, Parchau and Veltjens for being amoung the first, Rudolf Berthold for this physical courage and perseverance in the face of pain and injury.
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Old 15 February 2012, 05:01 AM   #2
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What a broad, subjective question! (No criticism intended).
Let me lead off by replying: Everyone loves Manfred von Richthofen, except those who despise him! (I recommend you revisit his case on 21 April!)

I think Voss will attract lots of mention (led by Tom -- tcrean).
The pilot who intrigues me most is Udet, though this is as much influenced by his later career (and eventual suicide) during the 3rd Reich. What a great movie Udet would make as a subject.

On the Allied side, Mannock will have many worshippers. McCudden too. Arthur Rhys Davids will be remembered thanks to the touching portrait produced by Alex Revell.

Gosh, I could go on, but I think I had better give someone else a chance!
Happy (belated) new year!
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Old 15 February 2012, 07:11 AM   #3
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What a broad, subjective question! (No criticism intended).
I think Voss will attract lots of mention (led by Tom -- tcrean).
The pilot who intrigues me most is Udet, though this is as much influenced by his later career (and eventual suicide) during the 3rd Reich. What a great movie Udet would make as a subject.

Gosh, I could go on, but I think I had better give someone else a chance!
Happy (belated) new year!
marc
Subjective, yes, maybe, then we ladies usually are! , broad. it is there were so many of there amazing pilots and observers to choose from on both sides.
I think it was a pity about Udet, I think a movie about him is long overdue.
Best wishes for the New Year to you also!
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Old 15 February 2012, 07:18 AM   #4
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Subjective, yes, maybe, then we ladies usually are! , broad. it is there were so many of there amazing pilots and observers to choose from on both sides.
I think it was a pity about Udet, I think a movie about him is long overdue.
Best wishes for the New Year to you also!
Gosh, I obviously did not mean "broad" in the slang meaning!
I look forward to what other names pop up in this discussion.
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Old 15 February 2012, 08:00 AM   #5
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Guynemer, Jan Olieslagers - 6 Victories, Belgian Ace, Andre Emile Alfons de Meulemeester - 11 Victories, Belgian Ace, and Boelke. Belgian & French Bomber pilots and observers, and Gotha pilots and observers.

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Old 15 February 2012, 08:47 AM   #6
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Rudolf Berthold for this physical courage and perseverance in the face of pain and injury.
For these same reasons , I prefer clearly Charles Nungesser!
who suffered much more of his multiple wounds-

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Old 15 February 2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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I totally forgot about Nungesser. What an extraordinary pilot he was.
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Old 15 February 2012, 09:34 AM   #8
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Yes, Marie Marvingt. And before someone pipes up that she was not a WWI pilot or observer, I will note that (though not documented in any squadron records) her Legion of Honor Dossier claims that she piloted bombing missions over German-held Metz (Frescaty Aerdrome). And, I am unaware of any contemporary of hers who said in public that she did not. Doc
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Mjr Otto Jindra.

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