Every morning for three years youthful Pilot Johannes ("Buby") Nehring of the Meteorological Institute at Darmstadt, took an observer aboard his Junkers plane and climbed 16,000 ft. to gather weather data for the German Air Ministry. Flying without instruments, he would sometimes lose his bearings, tumble out of a cloud, climb back in again.

Last week, in Nehring's daily ascension, a wing wobbled at 10,000 ft., pitched the plane about. The observer's parachute saved him. But Nehring, banged senseless against the side of the cockpit, gyrated to his death.

German airmen mourned...

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