Kill or be killed. The golden rule that guarantees pilots survival in air combat. The enemy does not tolerate any distraction or minor deployment. He can use every piloting error or defect on the machine. Otherwise, he would become a victim himself. But this was not always the case.
I have assembled you to pay a posthumous tribute to Captain Guynemer. We are not standing here in front of his hearse or over his grave. At Poelcapelle, no remnants were found of his remnants, as if the sky, jealously guarding his hero, did not want to allow him to remain on earth what he himself claimed. Guynemer disappeared from us forever and completely, as if he had been abducted by miraculous forces into heaven, into the realm of glory ...