By Jack Sheldon
The newest quantity within the Airfields and Airmen sequence covers the Arras region. It features a stopover at to the grave of Albert Ball VC and the graves of Waterfall and Bayly, the 1st British fliers killed in motion. there's a stopover at to the aerodrome from which Alan McLeod took off from to earn his VC and to the grave of Viscount Glentworth, killed whereas flying with 32 Squadron. The German facet is definitely lined with visits to their cemeteries and aerodromes. This good researched booklet relives the lethal thrills of battle within the air over the battlefields of the Western entrance.
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On 12 August 1917 Leutnant Joachim von Bertrab of Jasta 30 took off from here and was shot down by the famous ace Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock (see page 113). Jasta 30 Most German fighter units moved fairly frequently, being transferred from one part of the front to another as the situation demanded. However, Jasta 30 was an exception and remained here from January 1917 until August 1918. They were formed on 14 December 1916 and mobilised at Phalempin on 21 January 1917 in the 6 Armee sector and their first commander was Oberleutnant Hans Bethge.
All flying units were re-organised and the old Feldflieger Abteilung became Flieger Abteilung and the artillery units were re-designated Flieger Abteilung (A). The former carried out long range reconnaissance for army headquarters and the latter the duties of infantry co-operation and artillery observation. Units were no longer responsible to individual Corps but allocated to each Army and as such were very similar to the shape and operation of the British Brigade system that had evolved a few months earlier.
The bomber force was eventually amalgamated into Kampfgeschwader der Obersten Heeresleitung or Kagohl (ie Ka of the OHL) and five of these units were formed. The first fighter squadrons Initially the Fokker monoplanes were allocated to two-seater units in twos or threes but for the Battle of Verdun in 1916 they were reorganized into three Kommandos. In August 1916 they became Jagdstaffeln (hunting squadrons, abbreviated to Jastas). Equipped with the new biplane D-type single-seat machines replacing the out-dated E-type monoplanes, and with a strength of a dozen aeroplanes, these Jastas were the first true German fighter units.