By Stuart Walcott
"It is now seven weeks because the dispatches from Paris mentioned that Stuart Walcott used to be attacked through 3 German airplanes and taken down in the back of the German traces, after he himself had introduced down a German airplane 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 identified even if his fall proved deadly, or even if the earnest desire of his associates that he's nonetheless alive will be realized."
Unfortunately for the friends and family of Stuart Walcott, his grave used to be situated 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 stories education and battling with the famed Lafayette Escadrille with fellow Americans.
Author — Walcott, Stuart, 1896-1917.
Text taken, entire and whole, from the version released in Princeton,...
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One cannot learn a great deal riding with an instructor—only about enough to keep from smashing in landing, because one never knows when the instructor is messing with the controls, when it’s one’s self. There are five kinds of Nieuports—differing mainly in size, the smaller being faster and more agile in the air, better adapted to eccentric flying. They are 28, 23, 18, 15, 13 (the baby Nieuport). At Avord I had about a week of D. C. on 28 and 23 (the, numbers refer to size of wings) with several days of no work.
On his mother’s side two ancestors served in the Continental Army and in the Revolutionary War. FROM PRINCETON TO FRANCE Stuart Walcott was a senior at Princeton in the winter of 1916-17. In view of his approaching graduation in the spring his father wrote to him that he had best begin to think about what he was to do after graduation in order that he might get on an independent basis as soon as practicable. In response under date of January 7, 1917, he wrote : “You spoke of my being independent after I graduate in the spring.
I cleverly deduced the latter from your letter, but did not know where to find him. ). Afterward at Paris, I talked to a few very dressed up ensigns with wings on them somewhere (Walker is the only name I remember), and they told me that — was near Bordeaux and in the same group with themselves. , I might have gone to see the Big Boy. Yesterday I went to see Billy and another classmate in an artillery camp the other side of Paris. They are officers of the U. S. A. and live as such, which incites in me much envy as I am still a mere corporal of France and treated with no more than my due—not quite as much I sometimes think.
Above the French Lines. Letters of Stuart Walcott, American Aviator; July 4, 1917, to December 8, 1917 by Stuart Walcott