The German Aviator of Bertrix

In August 1914, a German military aircraft on a reconnaissance flight was brought down by French artillery near Bertrix, Belgium. The pilot died; his observer survived to tell the story. But how much truth did his tale contain?

22 August 1914 dawned foggy and grey in northern France. Nevertheless, “Lieutenant J” and his observer boarded their airplane for a reconnaissance flight that took them from Sedan over the Belgian border…