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By Stuart Walcott

"It is now seven weeks because the dispatches from Paris suggested that Stuart Walcott was once attacked through 3 German airplanes and taken down at the back of the German traces, after he himself had introduced down a German aircraft in his first strive against on December 12, 1917, and that it was once feared he have been killed; yet even now, after the lapse of approximately months, it's not certainly recognized even if his fall proved deadly, or even if the earnest desire of his pals that he's nonetheless alive will be realized."

Unfortunately for the friends and family of Stuart Walcott, his grave was once positioned no longer lengthy after the Princeton Alumni magazine published the above. He had given his existence for his beliefs of Democracy and Freedom combating above the fields of France as a pilot. His letters recount his studies education and struggling with with the famed Lafayette Escadrille with fellow Americans.

Author — Walcott, Stuart, 1896-1917.

Text taken, entire and whole, from the variation released in Princeton,...

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The wind caught under the inside wing and up it went. Smash went the outside wheel, and a crackle of busting wood. All the front framework of wood that holds the motor was smashed—a pretty bad break. The monitor was a bit mad and talked to me a bit in French. The next morning I was called in to see the chief of the Blériot school, Lt. de Chavannes, a very nice officer. He told me that my monitor was not satisfied with me—that he had told me to do something (cut the motor when the machine started to turn) three separate times, and that each time I had intentionally disobeyed, that if anything like that happened again I would be radiated (discharged from the school).

Lots and lots of people are getting over here now. I’ve seen Heyliger Church and Kelly Craig who are about to become aviators somewhere. Porter Guest just be- came breveted (that is, a licensed pilot) and was considerably seen in Paris shortly after—no end of college friends are over here and even an occasional American girl is seen in Paris. No friends as yet. Your letter—I asked at Morgan Harjes about Miss — and found that she is at the front in a hospital, so I can’t very well find her in Paris.

He followed him down from 1,500 to 200 metres, shooting all the time, and thinks he must have brought him down).... Did I mention above that I am at present in the status, practically, of a non-flying member? On arriving at the front, one is not rushed straightway to the cannon’s mouth, but rather allowed to get acclimated a bit first, to have a few preliminary voyages to look around, etc. During my week here, there has been little flying and I haven’t even seen the front, only heard the guns occasionally.

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