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WWI: French Pilot Roland Garros Lands Behind Enemy Lines (1915)

One of the first flying aces in history, Roland Garros was a French aviator and WWI fighter pilot. Early in the war, Garros fitted a machine gun to the front of his plane so that he could shoot while flying and soon downed three German aircrafts. While on a mission in 1915, his fuel line clogged, and he was forced to land behind German lines. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war until 1918, when he managed to escape and rejoin the French army. What happened when he returned to combat? More...
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Daemon wrote:
WWI: French Pilot Roland Garros Lands Behind Enemy Lines (1915)

One of the first flying aces in history, Roland Garros was a French aviator and WWI fighter pilot. Early in the war, Garros fitted a machine gun to the front of his plane so that he could shoot while flying and soon downed three German aircrafts. While on a mission in 1915, his fuel line clogged, and he was forced to land behind German lines. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war until 1918, when he managed to escape and rejoin the French army. What happened when he returned to combat? More...


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Disputed Claims for the Capture of Garros

The honour for the capture of this pilot became a matter of dispute between the Saxon Landsturm Feldwebelleutnant Schlenstedt and the Württemberger cavalrymen mentioned in his account. One version of the story was published in the “Schwabishen Merkur” newspaper by a Württemberger cavalry medical officer:

“As I rode along the ditches with two other dragoons, one of them suddenly shouted, ‘There he is!’ I turned my horse around and made my way back to him and saw that he had already drawn his sword. When the pilot he had found saw me and the third dragoon approach with a rifle he stood up quickly. Seeing the pilot put his hands into his pockets I shouted: ‘Levez les bras!’ and ‘Hands up!’ several times, which he did. But when we examined his pockets we only found some coins and a few pieces of paper.

With one of us on either side of him we took him by the wrists and led him off. He was a good-looking, dark-haired Frenchman with a high white forehead, a slightly crooked nose and a small black beard. With his lips pressed together he looked at us in wide-eyed amazement. Nevertheless, he remained calm. He was covered with mud on his right side; he had buried himself in the ditch and had covered himself with clumps of grass to hide from us. The dragoon who had spotted him had seen the grass move in the ditch and had seen a piece of blue uniform.

The pilot was wearing a blue fabric jacket with a small stiff collar, which had two brass wings on it. On his breast he wore a red medal ribbon. He was bare-headed and his black hair stuck to his forehead with a mixture of sweat and blood. We couldn't see an obvious wound on him. He had probably scratched himself as he scrambled through the thorn hedge which was growing through the fence where we caught him.

The dragoon who had spotted the pilot was singled out for praise by the General commanding the division; the dragoon was told that he had captured France's best and most daring pilot officer, namely Roland Garros.”

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/battles/second-ypres-1915/prelude/garros-captured.htm
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