Excerpts from French newspaper La Liberte du Sud-Ouest : Oberleutnant G Felmy, German Air Force

Accession Number RELAWM00483.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Paper
Maker Unknown
Place made France: Aquitaine, Gironde, Bordeaux
Date made Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Two excerpts from a French newspaper containing war-related articles.

History / Summary

Excerpts from the French newspaper, La Liberte du Sud-Ouest found in a black message streamer. The streamer also contained a box of cigarettes and photographs. It was dropped from an aeroplane by Oberleutnant Gerhardt Felmy of the German Air Force in Palestine.

In the Middle East, Felmy was the leading German pilot facing No. 1 Squadron and earned the admiration of his adversaries. It was not uncommon for him to drop messages from and photographs of recently captured Australian airmen on their home field. The Australians did the same for the Germans and drank toasts to Felmy in their mess.

Message streamers were used to drop messages and other items to troops in the field during the First World War.