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Willy Coppens de Houthuist  (born 1892) fights in World War One, specialising in shooting down German observation balloons, of which he destroys 35 !

circa 1916
Les Gloires de l’Aviation Militaire Belge

 

Willy grins, safe in his bubble
while all around the clouds explode
as if all this were nothing at all
to do with him. Improbably
a grey balloon deflates in flames –
Bien Meilleurs! The sky is full
of drama. Thirty-five of them
I read – that’s quite a bag –
no wonder he is smiling!
His biplane banks, the pram wheels spin –
he’s off to find another.
Reproduction interdite – you must not try
to do this too but should you
wish to find out more, just look behind –
explication au verso.

 

© Richard Westcott
Picture 10194467, Liebig card, circa 1916

 
After hanging up his stethoscope a few years back, Richard Westcott now listens to himself talking, rather than others. Presently working on a sequence exploring Suicide, he seems to be better at getting a commendation here and there than being published, but keeps trying. And stays alive.