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ARMY & NAVY: Fetcher Fechet

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When a horseman rides a great distance and receives warm welcome at the end, he usually supervises in person the care that is bestowed upon his animal. When aviators fly across an ocean, however, not quite the same sentiment attaches to the mechanical contrivance by means of which the trick was turned.

Last week, while Fliers von Huenefeld, Koehl and Fitzmaurice triumphed in Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc. etc., it was reported that the Bremen, still stranded at Greenly Island, might not be able to fly away if it were not fetched before spring thaws softened the ground. To spare the heroes a break in their tour, the War Department last week announced an expedition to Greenly Island in two amphibian planes commanded by Major General James E. Fechet, Chief of the Army Air Corps. A pilot of the Junkers Corporation was taken along, to be dropped on Greenly Island by parachute if necessary.

Approaching St. Johns, N. B., Major General Fechet’s pilot, Lieutenant Muir Fairchild, had an attack of appendicitis. A relief pilot, Lieutenant Elwood Auesada, flew up from Boston and the expedition continued.

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