The narration about MvR's landing after being wounded--the stuff about being blind all the way to the ground, hearing wind in the trees, then hearing wind in the grass--is utter horse hockey nonsense. Get in car, drive it just 20 mph, stick your head out the window, and then tell me how much wind you hear in the grass. Hell, ride a bicycle 20 mph and tell me how much wind you hear in the grass. It's all in your ears. Even if that claim weren't physically wrong, there isn't a single shred of corroborative historical evidence to support such a contention as regards MvR. It's so wrong that it couldn't be mistaken understanding of what really happened. Instead, somewhere along the line, somebody made it up.
Disregard every syllable of that narration concerning MvR's wounding, such as his wound "never stopped bleeding the rest of the war." Discounting MvR didn't even live until the end of the war, the statement is based on no historical evidence and contrary to medical evidence. All the comments about things MvR "had never done before" on his last flight are so flagrantly inaccurate, it's astounding. Though the narrator can't be blamed entirely, he's just restating the unresearched nonsense that has been published for decades. If you want to learn about what really happened when MvR was wounded 6 July 1917, and the effects thereafter, the most factually accurate and detailed accounts are in my MvR books. Eschewing modesty and just saying, for the sake of historical accuracy.
Edited by JFM, 21 April 2017 - 07:55:23 PM.