Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Francesco Baracca -- June 19, 2018

Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, 28-June-1918
Francesco Baracca was a Lughesi who was one of Italy's leading fighter pilots. The coat of arms of the Baracca family had a prancing stallion. He had the emblem painted on the side of his airplanes.  Enzo Ferrari later adopted the horse as an emblem for his autos.  

Baracca died 100 years ago today on 19-June-1918.  I had trouble finding mentions of the death of Baracca.  He was making a low-level ground attack near Montello, Veneto.  He failed to return.  His body was found on 24-June-1918.  He may have shot himself to prevent capture.  

The image above was published almost ten days after his death and four days after his body was discovered.  The item below is from an Italian government dispatch reprinted in the Denison, Iowa Review on 26-June-1918.  

from "Italian Victory Over Austrians"

In the region of Montello, the Italians have found the body of the aviator, Major Baracca, who had failed to return during the first days of the operations in that region. A bullet was found in the right temple. This leads to the belief that when Major Baracca saw that his disabled machine forced him to descend into the enemy's lines he killed himself rather than be captured. The loss of Major Baracca is deeply felt in Italy as he was the leading aviator of the Italian army, having to his credit the destruction of about fifty enemy machines.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Oakland vs San Francisco -- June 17, 2018

San Francisco Call, 16-July-1908
The Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals pled the Oakland Oaks at Valencia Street Park, also known as Recreation Park, on Thursday, 16-July-1908.

The Seals had won the day before by scoring four runs in the fourteenth inning.  At a meeting the same day, the four-team league expanded to Sacramento and Venice in Southern California.

On Thursday, the Seals won in the 11th.

San Francisco Call, 17-July-1908

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fly TWA Jets -- June 15, 2018

The Statue of Liberty anchors a bunch of New York City destinations in this TWA (Trans World Airlines) poster.

Some people seem to feel that images of Lady Liberty are insulting to our so-called president.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dorothy L Sayers 125 -- June 13, 2018

Writer Dorothy L Sayers was born 125 years ago today, on  13-June-1893.  I think I first heard of her when Masterpiece Theater ran Clouds of Witness with Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey.  I watched the other stories and then read many of the books during the summers.  I liked the way Lord Peter and Bunter had served together during the war and Bunter had helped Lord Peter deal with shell shock.  I saw at least one of the series with Edward Petherbridge as Wimsey, but I don't remember it.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Jackson Square and Cathedral St. Louis, New Orleans, LA. -- June 11, 2018

An old postcard shows the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Jackson Square and Saint Louis Cathedral.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Comic Book -- Hangman -- June 9, 2018

MLJ Comics published The Hangman, who had been introduced in Pep Comics. Here we see him battle a bunch of Nazis. Please excuse the racist language: "Everyone's Cheering the Hangman Except Nazis and Japs."

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pulp -- The Open Road for Boys -- June 7, 2018

Aviator Jimmy Doolittle, who was born in Alameda, was a hero long before he led the Doolittle Raid against Japan.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Campbell, First U. S. Ace, Wins New Air Battle -- June 5, 2018

New York World, 06-June-1918
Douglas Campbell, a native of San Francisco, was the first American ace who flew in American-trained units.  His father was later president of the University of California.  100 years ago today, on 05-June-1918, he scored his sixth victory.  Badly wounded in the engagement, he did not fight again. 

Campbell, First U. S. Ace, Wins New Air Battle.

On the morning of June 5 Lieuts. Campbell and Meisner forced down an enemy biplane east of Ponia Mousson.

Between April 14 and May 31 Lieut. Douglas Campbell brought down six hostile airplanes, of which the destruction has been confirmed. During the same time Capt. Peterson and Lieut. Rickenbacher each brought down three, of which destruction has been confirmed, and forced down two more concerning which confirmation has been requested.

Robert F Kennedy 50 Years -- June 5, 2018

50 years ago today, presidential candidate Senator Robert F Kennedy was murdered in Los Angeles, California. He was a World War II veteran, who served on the ship named after his older brother, the USS Joseph P Kennedy, Jr. He was running for the Democratic nomination when he was shot. He wanted to help the poor and disadvantaged.  If he had lived, the world would have been a different place.

"What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people."

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Crew and Ship's Cat Taken Off the Sinking Bark Alma -- June 3, 2018

The drawing is from the 18-November-1897 San Francisco Call. William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the newspaper. Don't confuse the Norwegian bark Alma with the San Francisco scow schooner Alma, which is preserved at the Hyde Street Pier.  

The Crew and Ship's Cat Taken Off the Sinking Bark Alma.
Pussy Is Now the Mascot of the Big British Ship Royal Forth.

The mascot of the British ship Royal Forth is a cat. It was rescued from a sinking vessel and at once made itself at home in its new quarters. When the crew that was rescued from the vessel at the same time as was the cat was transferred to a homeward-bound steamer the cat refused to go and has ever since been a special favorite with Captain Cooper and his men.

June last the lookout on the Royal Forth saw a vessel apparently in distress away in the distance. Captain Cooper was called and be at once headed for the ship, which proved to be the Norwegian bark Alma.

"She was coal-laden from Cardiff and leaking badly," said Captain Cooper yesterday. "As soon as the men of the bark saw us making for them, they deserted :he pumps and Captain Christiansen could not get them to do another stroke of work. They lowered a boat and deserted in a body leaving the captain alone on the sinking ship. When I found out the state of affairs I sent a boat and took Captain Christiansen off and my men brought the cat with them. Shortly after I got the Royal Forth on her course again the Alma went down bodily.

"Captain Christiansen was almost hysterical over the loss of his vessel. She was all he had in the world and unless fortune has favored him he is now penniless. He parted with his wife in Cardiff and gave her the money with which to insure the vessel and cargo on her return to Norway. Mrs. Christiansen was to spend a week or to in England before going home and the question was, 'Did she get the insurance on before the news or the loss of the vessel reached the agents' ? As the Alma was only ten days out when we picked up her crew I am afraid fortune favored the underwriters. We transferred the men of the Alma to the steamer Berthoum and a few days later they were landed at Rotterdam."

Friday, June 1, 2018

Gallant Airman Killed -- June 1, 2018

Sydney Mirror, 21-June-1918
Roderic Stanley Dallas was the second highest-scoring Australian ace in World War One.  His score was either 32 or 39.  100 years ago today, on 01-June-1918, he was killed in a fight with three Fokker triplanes.  


(Special to The Mirror.)
MT. MORGAN (Q.), June 14. The news of the death (killed in action) of Squadron-Commander Roderick Stanley Dallas, R.F.C., cast a gloom over Mt. Morgan, the town that claimed him as its foremost soldier. That he held an airman's record of 32 enemy machines brought down, and fought down, and that he had been awarded the D.S.O. -— in addition to mention many times in despatch, did not modify the grief of the mining town, in which, on receipt of the news, flags were flown at half-mast as the visible sign of sorrow of the people of the place in which the gallant aviator had spent some of the days of his boyhood. The bare official announcement is that he was killed in action on May 30.


The late hero of so many air fights was an Australian of the type that has filled the eye of the British and foreign admirer of the splendid young manhood of our country. He was 24 years old when he left for England (in 1915) over 6ft. in height and modelled on fine athletic lines. He was born at Mt. Stanley, near the Esk, in Queensland, the son of Mr. Peter Dallas, an underground boss of the big mine at Mt. Morgan, and Mrs. Dallas, of Taringa, near Brisbane. He was educated at The Mount, and after leaving school went into the assay office of the company, and afterwards went underground at Iron Island. In those days he was smitten with the flying fever, and made numerous models of aeroplanes and air machines. When he saw his opportunity he left the mine, paid his passage to England, and intended to get into the Aviation Corps.


He met with disappointment everywhere, and had despaired of getting into British service — he had arranged to cross to the United States — when he met Sidney Pickles, a Sydney airman, who advised him to sit for the examination for Royal Naval Air Service. He passed with the greatest credit, highest in a field of 84 competitors, secured honors in examination, and was appointed to Service. From the time he entered he was marked by the men who knew as one to do great things. And he made good. He added record to record in the air, was mentioned many times for gallant work, was awarded the D.S.C., D.S.O., and added two bars by subsequent acts of gallantry on duty, received the Croix de Guerre, and became Squadron Commander of the station in which he joined as junior among the flying fighters. He was Commander of No. 40 Squadron R.F.C., when he flew his last flight and put up his last fight, (the R.N.A.S. and R.F.C. are now under one command, with the title of the Royal Air Service).


One of his exploits is mentioned in the Gazette of Sept. 6, 1916: 'This officer (Sub-Lieut, Dallas) was brought to notice by the Vice-Admiral, for the specially gallant manner in which he had carried out reconnaissances and fighting patrols since December of the previous year. On one occasion he sighted at least 12 hostile machines, which had been bombing Dunkirk, He attacked one, at a height of 7000ft,, and then attacked another close to him. By this time his ammunition had been expended, but he immediately came down, reloaded, and then climbed to 10,000ft,, and attacked a large hostile two-seater machine off Westends. The machine took fire, and nose-dived seaward, Another enemy machine then appeared, and was promptly engaged and chased to the shore; but Sub-Lieut. Dallas had to abandon the pursuit, owing to his ammunition being exhausted. For the determination shown in this fourfold contest, and on other occasions, he was awarded the D.S.C, on Sept, 6, 1916.

He was a gallant, modest Australian — and has joined up with the Grand Army of our Splendid Dead.

Sydney Mirror, 21-June-1918