Thursday, April 21, 2016

WW1: The Ace's Lucky Penguin


Adolphe Pégoud’s lucky mascot. It was a toy penguin, displayed today in Paris’ Musée de l'Armée.  The charred stuffed animal was pulled from the crash that killed Pégoud, the first flying ace in history. 

2 comments:

Toddy Cat said...

"On 31 August 1915, Pégoud was shot down and killed by one of his pre-war German students, Unteroffizier Walter Kandulski,[1] while intercepting a German reconnaissance aircraft. He was 26 years old. The same German crew later dropped a funeral wreath behind the French lines"

What a weird war, what brave men, and what a waste...

Anonymous said...

"Lucky" penguin? Lucky for whom?