5/10/1918 Star French aviator Roland Garros shot down

Roland Garros was an early pioneer of military aviation. Before the invention of the interruptor motor, the Frenchman had deflector blades fitted to the propellors on his aeroplane that allowed him to fire his guns directly forward, giving him a considerable advantage in combat. However he was captured by the Germans in 1915 when he crash-landed behind German lines.

Early this year Garros managed to escape from his prisoner-of-war camp and eventually made his way back to France. He resumed his career as a fighter pilot but unfortunately today he finds himself facing German ace Hermann Habich. Garros is shot down and killed, dying one day before his 30th birthday.

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Roland Garros on a North Korean stamp (Pinterest)

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