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 ...
ID numberP00117.028
Collection typePhotograph
Object typeBlack & white - Print silver gelatin
Place madeFrance: Paris
Date madec 1914-1918
DescriptionPortrait 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.