Luftmensch

Russian Zeppelin Killer

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Saw these postcards and they seem to be of the same action, and not just fantasy drawings.

Can anyone identify who the pilot was and what happened here?

A translation of the captions would be great.  Thanks!

 

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ID: 2   Posted (edited)

The first one is the action by French ppilot Roland Garros. 

The second is unrelated I think. 

Edited by Egorka

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I was aware of WWII Russian pilots that would ram other planes.  There was even a pilot that survived a successful ramming and went to fly and ram again (didn't survive that collision). 

This postcard would suggest that the idea and practice of aerial ramming started in WWI.

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The text on the postcards:

  1. "Heroic deed by Garros. Zeppelin destruction."
  2. "War in the air. Destruction of a German zeppelin by a Russian airplane."

So the first postcard refers to specific person - French pilot Roland Garros, who did NOT perform any aerial ramming attacks during his carrier. Similarly, I don't know of any aerial ramming attacks on a zepellin by a Russian aviator in WWI. There are two known Russian pilots who did Nesterov (died) and Kazakov (survived), but they both attacked another airplane.

So this brings me to the point: These postcards do NOT depict an aerial ramming attack. I have to say I am surprised myself, as that is kind of how they look like! :)

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