First Honorable Mention, 1915
Motto: "Too late on earth may be too soon in hell!"
Rapid as have been the changes in aeronautics during the past few years, the art is now, particularly, in a state of flux. In the great theaters of European war the experience of years is being compressed into days. Here and there, where the curtain is lifted, we see battlefields dominated by Taubes and Farmans in a maze of bursting shrapnel, and huge dim shapes of Zeppelins, lurking by night over unlighted cities. There are signs of great developments, of great enterprises on foot. Owing not only to the rapid changes, but also to the quick droppings of the veil, it is extremely difficult to systematize these snapshot teachings of recent aviation. Yet our need of studying it " with prayer and fasting," and of making headway in our overhead defence has never been more pressing. The alarm has been sounded for army and navy: but we are in danger of finding ourselves, when the trying hour comes, in a bomb-proof without a top.
Let us remember, too, that " A stern chase is a long chase."