AWM A03757

Two men dressed in airforce uniforms standing side by side.

'A crackerjack pilot, and a splendid shot', said one Australian pilot of German ace Gerhardt Felmy, seen here (on right) with No. 1 Squadron's Lieutenant Claude Vautin. Vautin, seen diving towards the sea with two German scouts on his tail, managed to land with his controls shot away and was taken prisoner. A German airman dropped this photograph and a note from Vautin over the Australian's airfield to confirm that he was unharmed. Moments like these epitomised the chivalry associated with World War I airmen. Such generous acts stood out, however, because the air war was anything but a chivalrous affair. (AWM A03757)

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