West-Flanders - Langemark

WW1 Langemark (20,3 km)


This WW1 Cycling Route has been created by the Rotary For You.
At the start of this route, right in the centre of Poelkapelle, a memorial was erected in honour of the famous captain Georges Guinemer, the legendary french war-time aviation pioneer. Guynemer succeeded in taking down 53 German fighter aircraft. He belonged to an elite corps of the French air force named the “escadrille des cigognes” (Stork Squadron). Guynemer was taken down on 11 September 1917. Given that the place where his airplane crashed was heavily bombarded during 3 days after the crash, his body was never found.