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#4399181 - 01/10/18 01:46 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Yes Mr Wiggins, the water is fine hop in.

#4399186 - 01/10/18 02:41 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
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Bed 11.
62nd Casualty Clearing Station
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Bussy-le-Chateau, France.


Jan 10, 1918.

I am doing much better they let me outside to walk around the grounds with the other injured

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#4399349 - 01/11/18 03:19 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
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Bed 11.
62nd Casualty Clearing Station
and Hospital.
Bussy-le-Chateau, France.


Jan 10, 1918.

I joined in as the Staff jogging group ran by so that I can be re-leased on the 11th ( 2 days in Paris )

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#4399467 - 01/11/18 11:12 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
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Bed 11.
62nd Casualty Clearing Station
and Hospital.
Bussy-le-Chateau, France.


Jan 11, 1918.

The Doc said I can leave tomorrow so sent an orderly to get my ticket on 1045 am Train to Paris where they say Sin began.

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#4399487 - 01/12/18 12:27 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Carrick, can’t wait to see what trouble Jeffery gets into in Paris.


"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4399521 - 01/12/18 01:28 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Hey all! It has been too long since I've submitted a report. Tough to get in the air over the Christmas Season. Not much new to report with Benjamin, but here goes...

Flt Lt Benjamin Kincaid
1 RNAS
12 January 1918
Dover

The long days of peace and quiet have turned into long weeks of the same. Only patrolling and the occasional trip into the local area break the monotony and boredom. The nightmares have continued. They are worse on days I don't fly. It seems the further I am from death the less I sleep. I cannot reconcile in my brain the longing I feel to get back to France juxtaposed with the fear I have of a fiery death.

I look half dead already. The lack of sleep and loss of appetite have left me looking gaunt and worn, more a ghoul than a man. I feel very little when I am on the ground, as though my emotions and surroundings have been painted grey. Once I leave the ground, however, the joy of flying always returns. Only this allows me to persevere.

I have been looking for a way back to France. Due to my recent transfer to 1 RNAS, the powers that be have made it very clear that I will stay right where I am for the time being. Even if I did transfer, I would end up right back in Blighty again a couple months later when the rotation happened. I should have joined the RFC, but alas I am stuck.

I hear rumours in the mess of a potential merger between the RFC and the Royal Naval Air Service. Whispers on the wind you might say. Of course it is all hogwash anyways. It's always "I heard it from a guy who worked with a friend whose cousin is a janitor at HQ." If it does happen, however, I could look to transfer into one of the Camel units who are perpetually at the front. Oh to be in combat again.

I do still maintain a semblance of a social life. I stick very closely to Kink, whose company I still very much enjoy. Endless rounds at the mess at least help pass the time...Maybe we will go back to France soon.

#4399701 - 01/13/18 03:46 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
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La Sante Jail
France.

Jan 12, 1918.


Bit of a sticky wicket Wot ? Its not my fault really. I was on the Train and the conductor said Paris was a Big city so I would need a Guide. He gave me an address 13 Rue de Liberty to give the cabbie at the station. When we got there I me a Lady and gave her the fee ( 50 franks or so ) Then among the sound of whistles a lot of Gendarmes showed up and Here I am till the Military Police or the Wing Commander picks me up this afternoon or tomorrow. . I say, Boulder Dash !

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#4399703 - 01/13/18 04:40 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I was afraid something like this might happen.


"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4399755 - 01/13/18 05:35 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Fullofit: It was just a question of time, a Young man in the Big city.

#4399757 - 01/13/18 05:42 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
2nd Lt., Rfc
41 Sqn, B Flight Commander
Lealvillers, Flanders.
France
4 Victory's.


Jan 13th 1918.

Free at Last, Free at Last, compliments of Wing Commander Parker. The Gendarmes place me on a Train back to the Front and ( I think ) they told me in French to stay out of Paris. Upon arriving back at the Field, The C.O. put me on the late Patrol up to Bapaume.

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#4399758 - 01/13/18 05:45 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4399912 - 01/14/18 05:14 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
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41 Sqn, B Flight Commander
Lealvillers, Flanders.
France
4 Victory's.


Jan 14, 1918.


I say old chap, it was a bad mission. Our 11 a/c were attacking an Aerodrome in the Roulers section and things went wrong. The rain didnt help seeing the e/a, We had to fly at 7000ft from the lines to the target, and finally, being spoted and attacked by 8 or more Pflaz Scouts on Patrol above us that put the Icing on the cake. We lost 2 Forced down POW's or wnd/ dead + 1 Destroyed + 3 damage d ( mine had 6 holes ) for 0 e/a and all bombs fell short of the target, I was 1st to spot the e/a and fired off 7-14 rds to Alert the flight then broke right swinging around and into the e/a got off a few shots at one only to become the target of many. Nose over and full power I dove out of it and RTB. Lucky to be back.

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#4399951 - 01/14/18 07:28 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Here's the latest status report.

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#4399992 - 01/14/18 11:13 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Thanks for the stats Banjoman!


"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4400156 - 01/15/18 08:40 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Jeffery Vickers
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Lealvillers, Flanders.
France
4 Victory's.


Jan 15 1018.


No flights due to weather.

#4400161 - 01/15/18 08:44 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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No doubt no flying in 1018, carrick biggrin .

#4400234 - 01/16/18 02:29 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I finally have a chance to catch up with Geoffrey's story. Fullofit, I really enjoyed Aldi's last adventure. And Dark Canuck, good to see you posting!

This has been a really eventful few days for Geoffrey Corderoy!

Diary of 2/Lieut. Geoffrey Corderoy, RFC
Part 26: 4-7 September 1917

4 Sep 1917 – Filescamp Farm


Rain. Spend a depressing day putting things in crates for the move. Word is in that we are bound for Ste-Marie-Cappel, near Cassel. The new field is slightly farther from the lines, but it is in the Ypres sector. We shall be expected to clear the skies over the never-ending push at Passchendaele Ridge. It is no longer a push, to tell the truth, but a slow drowning in an infernal soup of mud, death, steel, fire, and poison. How the fellows on the ground stick it is beyond me.

Richthofen, the squadron pig, is with great ceremony handed over to M. Tetus. We once again paint the poor creature, this time in khaki with roundels. A newly-promoted flight commander, the pig sports a red streamer on its tail. The old farmer feigns appreciation, but his face hints that he suspects the pig was his to begin with.

5 Sep 1917

Flew an OP along the southern sector this afternoon but saw nothing. More rain tonight.

6 Sep 1917

Great day today!

In the air before six in the morning, leading a patrol with Rutherford, Horn, Soden, and a new chap, Hamersley. We are to marry up with three Harry Tates and waltz between Mossy Face Wood and Cambrai, taking pictures of wayward Huns. The day is sunny with towering cumulus clouds. If the cloud doesn’t hide them, one can spot Huns a long distance off. There is haze down low.

On our way south over Monchy, the Huns welcome us with their usual hate and it is necessary to change altitude frequently. The trick to throwing them off their aim is to make flat turns with only the rudder. If the Hunnish gunners can’t see our machines bank, they assume we are flying straight. It’s grand fun to be shot at without success!

After some time the RE8s seem to finish their work. We fly southwest to our lines, but then their leader decides to do it all over again. Far too keen. We turn northeast and head back from Mossy Face towards Marcoing. After about twenty more minutes, the leader signals to head home. Just then I see a stream of black smoke stain the haze below – a machine is burning! The sky above is clear of Huns so we turn to explore. Quickly it all becomes clear. A half-dozen French machines are in a scrap with a large group of Albatri and a smaller scout. It is one of the new triplanes the Huns have introduced. We dive to the attack, wires screaming. I see the triplane on the tail of a Nieuport and close quickly on it. The Hun has not seen me and I fire all the way from 150 yards to point-blank. The little green-grey triplane shudders and erupts in flame.

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"The little green-grey triplane shudders and erupts in flame."

Up and away I soar. We have put the wind up the other Huns who are now tearing for home. I head west, searching for our two-seaters and spot them west of Mossy Face. A lone Hun triplane is tangling with a Nieuport close to the RE8s.

Hamersley has formed up on my wing and we join in. The Hun tries for home, but our SEs are quicker. My first burst causes pieces to fall away from the Hun’s upper right wing. I move aside and Hamersley finishes him off – his first kill. My first impression is that these Fokkers are like butterflies, pretty and nimble, but delicate.

In the afternoon I lead another show, escorting more two-seaters east of Monchy. We mix it up with some Albatri and lose a new lad, Aldaine. I damage two of the Huns, but a near miss by some Archie forces me to turn home. The petrol tank is holed and the engine packs it in as I cross the lines. I land close to Lechelle and make it home to Filescamp late. There is much news.

Horn has seen my flamer. I now have eleven confirmed victories. Major Patrick tells me I have been promoted temporary Captain and will lead a flight permanently. To top it all, I am to drive to Candas and bring back a new machine, one of the improved SEs with the 200 horsepower geared engine. Oh, and I’ve been put in for another decoration, although the Major is playing coy about it. I buy several drinks for the RO, but he is sworn to secrecy.

7 Sep 1917 – Ste-Marie-Cappel

We leave in the morning. My old squadron, 46, began to drop in shortly after first light. They are overjoyed by the accommodations at Filescamp, and are only too please to inform us that we shall be under canvas at Ste-Marie-Cappel, from which they have transferred.

Major Babington landed around eight o’clock, and Major Patrick assigned me to show him around. There was a lovely touch of evil to Major Patrick’s idea, as he knows how Babington and I did not exactly see eye to eye when I was at 46. I think he wanted Babington to see my three pips and MC. I must confess, however, that Major Babington was extremely gracious and expressed sincerely pleasure at my success with 60. He went so far as to confide that he’d been a little quick to judge me back in England.

At nine-thirty, I lead the second group off the ground and turn slowly over Filecamp Farm to salute the place. My greatest regret is that I am leaving just when my promotion would have given me a private room in the Abode of Love, our flight commanders’ Nissen.

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"I lead the second group off the ground and turn slowly over Filecamp Farm to salute the place."

We make our way north at 5000 feet on a clear morning. The River Lys passes beneath and I confirm my position from the configuration of roads and rail lines. Just then Jenkins pulls alongside, waggling his wings furiously. He points up and to our left. Two Hun two-seaters are approaching and are set to pass directly over us. I turn eastward and open the throttle. The 200 hp Hisso sounds wonderful and I catch up quickly.

The nearer Hun is the one on the right. I am behind and below. I begin firing long bursts at 300 yards and close quickly, breaking off at 150 yards before the gunner can get his sights on me. In the new SE5A, it takes only seconds to pull again of the enemy machines, DFWs. I turn towards my target again, this time firing from abeam. I hold the triggers down and let the Hun fly through a stream of Vickers and Lewis rounds. I turn for another pass, but the DFW is spiralling down. In a dive, I hit him again with a full deflection shot from directly atop. The spiral continues, lower and lower. Below, a road runs parallel to the Lys. A long line of lorries is heading eastward toward the front. The enemy aircraft makes one last spiral and slams into the field, barely 50 yards from the lorries. I can make out Tommies waving their tin hats to me.

Chidwell-Roberts was close behind on my last to cracks at the Hun. This one is confirmed as number twelve!

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"The enemy aircraft makes one last spiral and slams into the field, barely 50 yards from the lorries."

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#4400236 - 01/16/18 02:39 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Corderoy is getting lots of action I see. I wonder if he got any time on the tennis court before leaving Filescamp biggrin


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#4400247 - 01/16/18 03:04 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Robert,

He lost badly to Caldwell, so left it out of his diary. salute

#4400248 - 01/16/18 03:06 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Raine, wow you’re on fire! Well, not like that Dreideker but you know what I mean. What is this I hear about Richthofen? Glad Corderoy has hit his stride. Great report!


"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
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