|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
|Place made||France: Paris|
|Date made||c 1914-1917|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
Image from the collection of 1606 Warrant Officer Class 1 Owen Kenneth Stewart, 3rd and 11th Field Artillery Brigades.
Portrait of Captain Georges Guynemer, the French aviator who was shot down after achieving 53 'kills' in air battles during the First World War. Guynemer disappeared during a mission on 11 September 1917. He reputedly he attacked a German observation plane and was killed in the ensuing combat. Neither the wreckage of his airplane, his body, nor personal effects were ever found but the Germans claimed that he had been shot down by Lt. Kurt Wissemann of Jasta 3. It is not clear if he was killed in the crash or if he survived only to be shot in No-Man's-Land on the ground. His aircraft may have been destroyed by artillery shells in battle. The French schoolchildren of the time were taught that he had flown so high he could not come back down. At the time of his death Guynemer he had been shot down seven times.