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Old 02-05-2018, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default Captain Vernon Castle Memorial service

Our local aviation museum, my group the Friends of the RFC Cemetery, and the county archives here on Fort Worth will have a simple memorial service on Thursday, Feb. 15th, at 0800 to mark the passing of a great dancer and silent screen star turner aviator, 100 years ago. Castle walked away from his show business career at the beginning of WW-1, took pilot training here in the USA, and returned to his native England to volunteer for the RFC. He had two aerial victories in France and was awarded the Croix de Guerre.

He had a student killed in a crash in Canada and made a practice of putting this students, thereafter, in the "safe" rear seat. He was deployed to Fort Worth, Texas, in the fall of 1917 and quickly became the toast of the town. He died avoiding a midair collision at Carruthers Field in Benbrook, a suburb of Fort Worth (one of three RFC fields here). His student, Army Air Servuce Cadet R. Peters, survived.

The RFC cemetery is located within Greenwood Memorial Park here in Fort Worth. At 0815 we will have a prayer and drink a toast to his memory. There is no charge to attend.
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That sounds really interesting. Toast one from me as well.

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That sounds really interesting. Toast one from me as well.
After we have had the toast (or two) I may have the courage to fly my DH-4. There is a large open area about 100 yards square next to the RFC graves and if it's calm I will fly something WW-1 or at least my Stearman... anyone else???

The graves are located between two big trees and actually overflying them with a model plane would take a better pilot than me. I might try it with the battered micro Stearman I call "the crate."

We are aiming for a highly unstructured informal "service."
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Very cool. Sounds like a really neat event. Wish I was closer.

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Great idea and tribute. Please have a toast for me too.

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