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Pilot's Escape from Tsingtao
Lt. Gunther Plüschow, known locally as "the Dragon Pilot" due to a tattoo of a dragon on his left arm, was the only German airman on active duty based in Tsingtao in 1914. During the siege he ran spotting missions in a Rumpler Taube over the Japanese and British fleets and was unofficially credited with the first aerial "kill" of the war. When the garrison surrendered and went into captivity he escaped and made his way back to Germany via China, Japan, America and Gibraltar where he was briefly captured by the British and taken to England, only to escape once more and make his way back to Germany via Holland. On his return he was ironically arrested as a spy at first, but was eventually recognised and awarded the Iron Cross First Class. He was the only German prisoner to escape from a British mainland POW camp during either World War. He later wrote several books including one on his experiences in China and his journey back to Germany called "Escape from England" (see Book Reviews page).
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Seesoldat wrote:Further on there had been a Zeppelin operation of Captain Bockholt with LZ 104 / L 59. It started in Jambol on Nov 21st in 1917 and returned after more than 6.500 km and 95 hours on Nov 25th 1917. The most southerly point was close to Khartoum in Sudan. Its task was to bring ammunition, medicine, uniforms ... to support Lettow-Vorbeck in East Africa.
Nadir Shah wrote:unofficially credited with the first aerial "kill" of the war.
Seesoldat wrote:As far as Zep activity concerns, the Germans didn´t operate them in their colonies. L 59 turned back to Bulgaria, because it got a message from the GERMANs that Lettow-Vorbeck surrendered - not from the British.
Seesoldat wrote:Dear cj,
unfortunately for them, the Belgians didn´t sink any German vessel by airpower. What they did was throwing bombs on the yard of Kigoma, which was part of the German naval base on Lake Tanganjika.
As far as Zep activity concerns, the Germans didn´t operate them in their colonies. L 59 turned back to Bulgaria, because it got a message from the GERMANs that Lettow-Vorbeck surrendered - not from the British.
Nadir Shah wrote:4. As far as I remember Lettow in his book "My Reminiscences of East Africa" mentions
a plane which was delivered to East Africa for exibition. The plane made some flights but eventually crashed.
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