National Affairs: Roosevelt

On Bastille Day (July 14), 1918, there were 16 planes nosing in and out of the clouds above a battle sector along the river Marne. Seven were German planes, nine U. S. The shooting, tailspinning and climbing lasted two hours. When the U. S. planes returned behind their lines, they numbered only eight. The pilot-fighter of the missing plane was Lieut. Quentin Roosevelt, not yet 21, son of a fighting U. S. President.

Two days later, the following German wireless message was intercepted by the Allies: "Lieut. Roosevelt, . . . who had shown...

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