Memorial plaque for French WWI flying ace Georges Guynemer, Nice Port

Shot from a Canon: October 24, 2018

In Image, Nice Area, Photo of the Week by bpnaughton

Memorial to Georges Guynemer, French top flying ace in World War I.  Although his flying career spanned only two years, he managed to shoot down 54 enemy aircraft in that time. By the time of his death in 1917 at the age of 22, he was a national hero. Revered and admired for his humility, bravery, and remarkable flying skills. He was perhaps best known for saying, “Until one has given all, one has given nothing.”

This memorial plaque is located at the north end of the tiny Guynemer Park. Located on the west side of Nice port, which is just on the other side of the bushes in the photograph, the memorial reads:

Captain Flying Officer of the Legion of Honor Fell from the sky of glory at the age of 23 (sic) years