A History of No.10 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service in World by Mike Westrop

By Mike Westrop

"No.10 Squadron of England's Royal Naval Air provider was once shaped at St. Pol, a suburb of Dunkerque, in February 1917, as a part of the fast naval aviation enlargement programme required via the Royal Naval Air Service's dedication to help the Royal Flying Cor"

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He attended the Militär-Flieger-Schule in Halberstadt from 19 June to 23 August, and then finished his training back at FEA 5. Promoted to unteroffizier on 18 September, Gros was posted to FAA 207 on the Champagne Front about five weeks later. Rising quickly, he qualified for his Flugzeugführer-Abzeichen (pilot’s badge) on 11 January 1916 and earned promotion to vizefeldwebel on 13 April, having already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class. Gros was awarded Baden’s Silver Military Medal on 10 June 1916 and promoted to leutnant in the reserves on 28 September.

The machine gun seen here featured a different sighting device than the one seen in the other photographs of Wolff’s Fokker. Wolff was one of those who transferred from Kampfstaffel Metz to the newly formed Jasta 17 upon its formation ‘The Staffel was assembled on Frescaty airfield, the former Fliegerstation Metz, as a field aviation unit of the 5. Armee. The task of the Staffel was the aerial protection of Metz and the nearby industrial area, and to attack squadrons breaking though into the homeland.

However, official records clearly state that Strasser’s first victory did not come until Christmas Eve, when he was credited with a Caudron at 1640 hrs northwest of Fort Douaumont. This is believed to have been a machine of Escadrille C34 that fell in flames northwest of Douaumont at Aspach on 24 December – the crew of MdL Jean Hourcade and Sous Lt Lombart both perished. Strasser’s own record of a claimed victory on 17 December is still noteworthy. On just his 14th flight as a fighter pilot, he took off in D II 1712/16 toward Verdun; ‘North of Douaumont a hellish artillery fire and about six Caudrons flying infantry cooperation patrol at 200 metres height.

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