The Aftermath, and the Future

World War 1 had other consequences over further aviation history in Belgium. Marcel Lobelle was an infantryman with the elite grenadier regiment in August 1914. He was heavily wounded during the battle of Tervaete in 1914. He was then transferred to the rear front services before being discharged due to his wounds. He went to the UK, where he first worked with Tarrant and Martinsyde before to join Fairey Aircraft where he became Chief designer in the year thirties.

Amongst the Belgian refugees in Great Britain, some were also employed with Sopwith and Fairey in Aircraft manufacturing. Other Belgian workers were employed in the French aircraft industry. Count de Monge was one of the founders of the "Helice lumière" company which equipped many French aircraft with propellers. Another refugee in Great Britain E.O. Tips also joined Fairey. He will come back in Belgium during the thirties in Belgium as a director of Avion Fairey in Gosselies and designer of the Tipsy aeroplanes. Some Tipsy Nippers designed by Tips are still flying today.

Jean Stampe was another obscure pilot of the Belgian Air Corps during WW1. He was born in Antwerpen and flow dangerous observation missions during the war. King Albert 1 selected Stampe as one of his personal pilots after the war. After he had left the Army, Jean Stampe created the Stampe & Vertongen aircraft manufacturing company in Deurne with another pilot of WW1. The Stampe & Vertongen company designed the world famous SV4 biplane in the thirties. César Battaille also joined the Militay Aviation at war outbreak. He served mainly with the Calais Beaumarais Depot designing bombs, bombsights and machine guns mountings.

During the whole conflict the Belgian Air Corps lost 65 airmen killed and many more wounded. By their proximity of the front, some towns and villages of Flanders suffered heavy civil casualties due to air attacks. These innocents victims needs also remembrance. If ever you visit the Ieper town (Ypres) please take the time to visit the museum "in the Flanders fields" where the consequences of WW1 on the life of civilians is well explained.