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Russie WWI Aviation Raymond Bernet Observateur Mort au Combat Lot de Photos Anciennes 1917
Lot of 4 vintage anonymous photographs, 1 letter, hand written copy of a telegram and 2 newspaper clipping (duplicate).
Lieutenant Raymond Bernet was Alphonse Poiree's observer during their time with the Russian Army. He was killed during his first mission without Poiree while trying to rescue an allied airplane attacked by a german plane.
The 4 photos shows Bernet in his open casket as well as the transport of his body to St Petersburg. It looks like a Voisin airplane was transformed for the occasion, mounted on skis and without the wings. The last photo is of the engine of Bernet's Voisin plane. The letter was written by Morin, Poiree's mechanic, who was still in Russia, to Charles Gilbert, french aeronaut who was still living in Moscow at the time. He explains that Poiree had been ordered to return to France and describes Bernet's last day as well as how he received a posthumous St George Cross.
The other hand written paper is a copy of a telegram Poiree sent to Bernet a few days before his death. This was handwritten and signed by Poiree.
The newspaper clipping is a russian article about Bernet's death and would need to be translated.