By Jack Sheldon
The newest quantity within the Airfields and Airmen sequence covers the Arras sector. It incorporates 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 aspect is definitely coated with visits to their cemeteries and aerodromes. This good researched booklet relives the lethal thrills of warfare within the air over the battlefields of the Western entrance.
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He was posted to KEK Bertincourt, part of FA 32, on 4 August 1916 (Cambrai page 159) and then assigned to Jasta 1 on 23 August. His first claim, a BE2c of 15 Squadron, was on 29 August. After three confirmed and one unconfirmed claims, he was posted to Jasta 30 as its commanding officer on 14 January 1917. Picture No. 4: hans Bethge commanding officer of Jasta 30, on the roof of one of the wooden hangars. Rudders from captured Allied machines were mounted as wind vanes. Hugh Welch’s crashed Nieuport A6615.
On 28 March 1917 he brought down a Nieuport Scout of No. 1 Squadron RFC and the pilot, Second Lieutenant Hugh Welch, was killed. While landing near to his victory Bethge turned his Albatros on its nose. His score gradually mounted and on 17 August he claimed two Sopwith Camels of 8 Naval Squadron that had collided. By March 1918 he had been awarded the Iron Cross First Class and the Knight’s Cross of the Hohenzollern House Order. Following his 20th victory on 10 March he was nominated for the Pour le Mérite.
Expansion With the massive increase of the British forces on the Western Front there came the last significant change in the RFC structure when, on 30 January 1916, Wings were grouped to make Brigades. A Brigade would consist of a Corps Wing, whose squadrons were dedicated to particular artillery formations in their Army, and an Army Wing with fighter squadrons, whose job was to clear the air of enemy machines and protect the Corps aircraft. By the end of the war a Brigade could have more than two Wings, and as the British army took over more of the line from the French further Brigades were formed to support the newly created Armies.