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#4414353 - 04/02/18 08:46 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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News of the world for the Warbirds Rising group (March):

March 2
German forces captured Kiev in the Ukraine.
March 3
The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed between Russia and the Central Powers. Russia recognised the independence of Ukraine, Georgia and Finland while handing over Poland and the Baltic States to Germany and Austria-Hungary.
March 4
German forces occupied Narva in Estonia.
March 5
Representatives from Romania and the Central Powers, Bulgaria and Turkey signed a preliminary peace agreement at Buftea.
March 6
Shipping loss figures were released in Britain on the same day as the British steamer HMS Kalgan was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-53.
March 7
Germany and Finland signed a peace agreement.
March 8
The first case of Spanish influenza was reported. The disease quickly spread and the resulting worldwide epidemic ended up killing more people than the war.
March 9
The Marxist revolutionary Georgy Vasilyevich Chicherin was appointed as the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs in Russia.
March 10
The British hospital ship HMHS Guildford Castle was torpedoed, but not sunk, by a German U-boat in the Bristol Channel while she was flying the Red Cross flag.
March 12
Lenin and the Russian Bolshevik Government left Petrograd for the new capital city of Moscow.
March 13
German forces occupied Odessa on the Black Sea.
March 14
The Congress of Soviets met at Moscow to ratify the Brest-Litovsk treaty of peace with the Central Powers.
March 15
Prince Lichnowsky's pamphlet, which had accused the Russian Government of failing to support him in efforts to avert the war, was published in the Swedish journal Politiken.
March 17
On Saint Patrick's Day cartoonist Clifford Berryman published a cartoon depicting Uncle Sam rolling up his sleeves and preparing to use a large club to deal with the many German propagandist snakes slithering in the grass around him.
March 18
The Entente Governments issued a Note which formally refused to recognise the German-Russian peace treaty.
The Dutch Government accepted the Allied terms for the use of Dutch shipping in United States and Entente ports, with reservations.
March 19
President Woodrow Wilson signed up to the Standard Time Act, setting federally mandated time zones across the nation and calling for daylight saving time (DST) to begin on 31 March.
March 21
The Second Battle of the Somme was launched as a series of attacks against British forces along the Western Front. The offensive was made up of four separate German attacks, codenamed Michael, Georgette, Gneisenau and Blucher-Yorck launched in that order.
March 22
In Operation Michael German forces continued to make gains in the northern sector, capturing Vracourt, Tergnier and the Oise Canal.
March 23
The Paris Gun, a German long-range artillery weapon, was used to bombard Paris from 120 km (75 miles) away.
German forces continued to press their advantage on the Somme as British troops pulled back.
March 24
In the First battle of Bapaume the towns of Peronne and Bapaume were captured by German forces as Operation Michael succeeded in forcing a retreat by the British Army.
March 25
In further action during Operation Michael, the town of Noyon was captured by German forces.
March 26
The Doullens Conference was held between French and British military leaders in order to better coordinate British and French military operations on the Western Front.
March 27
At the Battle of Rosieres the Germans captured the strategically important communications centre of Montdidier.
March 28
Under the codename Operation Mars the Germans attacked the southern Arras sector, but were defeated sustaining heavy losses.
March 29
A single shell from the Paris Gun hit the roof of the St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Church in Paris whilst a Good Friday service was in progress, collapsing the entire roof on to the congregation and resulting in a high number of casualties.
March 30
The First Battle of Villers-Bretonneux saw the renewal of a German assault on the French position on the south of the newly formed Somme salient whilst another attack was launched towards Amiens.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)


"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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Thanks for the news update. I do so like to remain current! biggrin

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BuckeyeBob, I do hope you still read an occasional newspaper from time to time, instead of solely relying on this wink


"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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April 2nd 1918

We finally have the straight dope on what we'll be going on here. The Major said we would likely be here another 3 - 4 weeks, but that we shouldn't complain because they use the French training system here, which usually takes up to 8 months. Since we and the 27th and 139th came here as intact outfits with RFC training, we'll be given priority and pushed through as quickly as we can complete the requirements, progressing through the prescribed sequence of training stages on the fields, 9 of them for us. So much for a few hops and stunts and then off to fight the Huns! But we got to jump to the head of the line so I guess we cant whine too much. Most of the men here are still cadets and haven't even been up in a plane.

This decision didn't make us popular with the boys who have been sitting around here for months, I can tell you. They call us "Canucks" because of our training in Canada. When the instructors, most of them French here, passed this info on to the others they almost had a small riot on their hands.

We start tomorrow on the the "Grasshopper Field," #1. Still raining.

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#4414405 - 04/03/18 01:55 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Maeran, I hope that Corderoy will be invited over when you barbeque the bull! MFair, great to see Jackson up to 14 victories. Take care of him! Fullofit, you need a bra on both wings to even out the drag. Jerbear, I'm really enjoying Goode's story so far. Hope he doesn't get too bored being taught what he probably already knows before seeing action...

Corderoy is finally back in action, although I haven't really come to grips with the enemy to any great extent.

Diary of Maj. Geoffrey Corderoy, 70 Squadron RFC
Part 43: 27 November to 3 December 1917

27 November 1917 – Etaples


Good old Baring has come through. I am to proceed immediately to Fienvillers where he will employ me doing not awfully much until I am cleared to fly. Further, he has dispatched a car to pick me up this afternoon. The doctors here have made a fuss about it, but Baring has made a call and it is all sorted out.

28 November 1917 – RFC HQ, Fienvillers

HQ is in a large house in the village that is owned by the mayor. The staff is a mixed lot. I had lunch today with Sir John Simon, the former Home Secretary, who is attached here. He is off to Paris to get married soon. He has been a widower for years, as I understand.[1] I regret I am unable to thank Baring personally, but the General and he are off to London. The new Air Force bill is being pushed through at Lords’ Committee. I take it that the General is concerned that there will be a loss of focus on the support of the Army, who will decide the war, after all.

My duties consist of draughting a report on the merits of fighting in formation. I am not a supporter of too much rigidity in air fighting, but looser formations of pairs of fighting machines seem to make sense. I read something allegedly sketched out by McCudden, who seems to promote entire groups built for the protection of a single Hun-getter.

29 November 1917

Walked to Candas and saw a Pfalz, but was unable to get clearance to take it up.

30 November 1917

The Air Force bill passed third reading and received Royal assent yesterday. So we shall we one with the navals, it seems. I pray that no comic opera uniforms result. After solid success near Cambrai, the Huns have counter-attacked. There is heavy fighting and the enemy is employing many aircraft in close support of their ground actions.

The MO has given me clearance to fly and I shall be back in Poperinghe by supper time. By report is unfinished, but I suspect it was not really wanted.

1 December 1917 – Poperinghe aerodrome

Returned last night to find the squadron in good shape, except that Sigismund was shot down in the morning.

Off at 8 a.m., leading Sigismund’s orphaned B Flight. Patrol south to Lens and back north to Lille. The clouds are fine and drawn out like threads of silver and the icy air freezes one’s lungs. It is glorious to be back in one’s element, and all the nerves and darkness of last week is gone with the first whiff of castor oil. Over Lille we encounter seven Albatros scouts and mix it up for more than ten minutes. I attract two Huns and throw my Camel about for ages until one makes a mistake and I get a good crack at it. It spins away, leaving me alone in the sky with the remaining machine, a yellow and purple Albatros with purple stripes on its tailplane. He tries to zoom and turn back on me, but I catch him in the turn and fire a telling burst. The Hun tumbles out of control south of the city. I cannot follow it all the way, for a formation of Pfalzes threatens to approach and I must turn west. Aldred joins me and we head home. The Hun goes into our report as driven down.

A new flight commander arrives, Jacon Arthur. He has come over from No 32 and is delighted to be done with DH5s. I take him up on a familiarization flight, then return to write Sigismund’s parents.

2 December 1917

Join Arthur and B Flight on a defensive patrol north to Dunkirk. Gorringe spots two enemy observation aircraft south of Bergues and we climb to chase them off. They are of an unfamiliar type with a biplane tail. Climb to 13000 feet before one of the Hun observers opens fire from long range. I peel off to the left and climb to their height, then turn in at right angles to the Huns while they are occupied with the other Camels. I fire ahead of the closer EA and let it fly through my rounds. The machine immediately curves down and away, trailing a white plume of smoke or steam. I get an overly quick burst away and turn to attack it yet again, but before I can bring my machine about, Hobson puts a well-placed burst into the Hun and the two-seater erupts in flame, falling two and a half miles while shedding bits of flaming fabric and wood.

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"The machine immediately curves down and away, trailing a white plume of smoke or steam."

3 December 1917

We load with bombs to attack the Hun field at Bissenghem, near Menen. The Archie is very heavy as we approach from the southwest. I lead the way and drop two pairs of bombs directly onto the line of hangars. The other fellows follow my lead and we leave the place in flames and confusion. Some distant Huns approach, likely Pfalzes, and seem to take interest. We head west as individuals and regroup at 5000 feet over the Menen road.

Captain Parker is missing. We wait until noon, and Gregg phones every unit he can along the front, but there is no news.

I have asked the RO and Sgt-Maj Pococke to see about putting on a concert around Christmas.


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[1] Sir John Simon was a prominent barrister and former Liberal cabinet member and close ally of Asquith. He had opposed entering the war, which caused him some political stress. He spent most of a year on Trenchard's staff, where his duties included arranging procurement of supplies from Paris. When Corderoy met him he was only a couple of weeks away from heading to Paris to marry his second wife, who had been his children's governess after his first wife died fifteen years before.

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#4414558 - 04/03/18 11:32 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Nice stories and pics

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April 3, 1918.

The Jasta put up 6 a/c for Patrol in the rain, but no contact.

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Fullofit, Thank you for the news. Always informative.

Jerbear, looking forward to your pilots adventure.

Raine, Good to see Geoffrey back in action. Be careful my friend.

Carrick, Stay safe. Luthor is doing well.

2nd Lt. Jerod Jackson
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Dec. 2nd.
Sgt. Matt Gerber transferred in last night. He and Jackson are to escort 3 RE's to bomb a depot NW of Cambrai.
"I sure dislike babysitting these slow crates" Gerber said as he and Jackson walked to their Camel's.
Still in a foul mood over the loss of Barclay, Jackson turned on his heels and addressed the Sgt." Would you rather be in that slow outdated crate Sgt.!"
Sgt. Gerber stopped in his tracks and stood in silence.
Jackson looked at him sternly for a few seconds and said "Stay on my left and watch for my signals. You might live longer."
The flight was uneventful except for a few heavy episodes of Archie and they returned unscathed.

The next few days were uneventful except for a patrol of the lines over Menen. Jackson's flight attacked 2 Rumplers and Chrittenden claimed them both. Once formed back up, Gerber was no where in sight. Finishing the patrol Jackson and Chrittenden landed at dusk. Jackson found Gerber eating a sandwich in a hanger. After asking if his machine had any damage and Gerber confirming that he had not Jackson went off and let Gerber know that under no circumstances was he to not form back up and finish a patrol unless his machine was damaged or he had a bullet in him. Jackson did not like this man.

'Chritt" as Jackson called Chrittenden was promoted to Lt. and both his victories were confirmed. The squadron was in dire need of machines. With only 5 machines fit to fly at any one time it was hard to put up much of a fight but Jackson had managed to be part of every patrol. He was told 13 new machines were on order but Camels were hard to come by right now.

Dec. 4th. 1917
Jackson, Chritt and Gerber were to patrol enemy lines from east of Bapaume to Munchy. They lifted of at 1500 hours. Lots of machines in the air but nothing to chase as they neared the first leg near Bapaume. They turned NNE to continue the patrol. Turning back around at Munchy they had not gone far when Jackson spotted 3 machines ahead and above headed east. One started a dive and Jackson signaled the attack. Jackson and the Hun went head to head firing with Jackson going under the Hun. The other two enemy machines were turning away so he hit hard right rudder and aileron and saw the green winged Phalz turning into Gerber. Jackson was on his tail in an instant and with 2 short bursts his right upper wing folded and broke away sending the Phalz spinning to the ground with Gerber diving after him.

Jackson climbed and went into a slow circle and was soon joined by Chritt. They circled for 5 minuets but never saw Gerber so they continued patrol. Jackson was fuming. He had made up his mind he was filing a report on Gerber for abandoning the patrol. As they turned for the second time at the southern most waypoint Jackson spotted archie a few miles off and 1000' below. It was Gerber climbing back up to join the patrol. Jackson had to laugh at himself at all the things he had planned to do to the man.

As they neared Monchy for the second time Jackson spotted 2 machines to the east above and climbed to intercept. It was 2 Rumplers. Jackson made one pass and turning to engaged again saw Chritt send one down smoking. He went after the second but could not finish the job and disengaged. As he turned bullets slapped his machine. "Where did that come from?" he thought. He turned and weaved but saw nothing. The observer must have got a lucky long distance burst in. He circled a few times and finding no one headed for home.

Back at base he filed his claim on the Phalz. When he handed it in at debrief the CO gave it a glance then handed it back to Jackson. "The report seems to have an error!" the CO said.

"Sir?" Jackson asked/stated puzzled.

"It should say Lt. Not Second Lt." said the CO. "Congratulations!"

Jackson and Chritt celebrated into the night.


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Almost Up and down in the rain, I had a power loss. The motor was at full ,but acted like it had 50% power so made a precautionary landing on a road.

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Another series of excellent reports.
Jerbear, can’t wait for your pilot to finally start flying.
Robert, Corderoy seems to be leading a life of a Gypsy changing aerodromes every few days. Hopefully he can stay put at Pop for a while now. Good luck with the Christmas concert, maybe Cathy can come visit?
MFair, great story. Sounds like Gerber will need a lesson or two. Congrats on the promotion!
Carrick, you keep ‘em flyin’! Gotta get your ground crew straighten out and iron out those gremlins. There’s a war going on and the pilots need their gear in top shape. How else are you going to win this war?


"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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Almost forgot about my almost Bird strike Lucky I missed it. Probably was a Turkey

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MFair, congratulations on the promotion. I think you may have to spoon-feed Gerber -- excuse the pun. Great read, and great to see Jackson thriving.

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April 5, 1918.

Chasing Spads in the rain, We had finished up on a Balloon Defense mission when a Spad popped out of the clouds. Chase and fired at him at 400 yards ,but no luck. I then notice a few DR I pilots banging away at 3 Spads in and out of a landing circle with about 5 others. Diving to help, I chased one e/a I must have fired over 300 rds but ,again, no luck so RTB

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Dawes stopped Stanley as he was heading to the waiting car with his valise.
“I have a letter for you, Stanley,” the adjutant said, waving an envelope. “I thought I'd give it to you before the old man saw it and blew a gasket. 'The honourable Second Lieutenant R.A.W. Stanley'? He would have loved that.”

Stanley looked at the envelope. “It's papa. He's very formal, especially when telling me off. Well, take care adj. Look after Hurst if you can, get him a good pilot.”

As the Wolseley headed north out of Acq and into the flat French countryside, Robert opened his father's letter. It had been written on his fathers' personal stationary and the flash of blue and gold at the top felt homely, but the tone in the words below were sterner.

I was most surprised to learn that Maj. Tyson had taken action against you, and so soon after giving such a glowing recommendation for a transfer as a scouting pilot.

Bob smiled to himself. He knew why, and it was clear that his father guessed as much too, but the accusation was never made bluntly. It simply hovered over the letters.

the news about poor Neil. He was much loved by all that knew him. Both Asquith and LG lamented his loss. I ask you, Robert, who will weep for you? You would do well to emulate your late brother in law, and make a considerable change for the better.

Stanley looked up at the large wood that guided the road that they were on westwards. Did his father really mean that he should die in a foolish cavalry charge? That sort of thing might work in Palestine, but it wasn't done much these days. Waste of good horses, Robert mused.

As the car descended into more hilly country near Gauchin-Legal, the letter warmed in tone. His father had moved on to passions shared with his wayward son.

As you know, Phalaris has had a most excellent season, what the war has permitted of it. I hope that the war will end soon so that he can have a good career on the track before going to stud. I most certainly will put him to that task as such a handsome horse will prove popular and profitable. Especially if he can have his day on the field.

The letter ended but the journey had not. A final hill was crested and Stanley was looking at the coal fields of Bruay.

He was rather glad that they had remained hidden for so long. Sooty collieries were surrounded by red brick terraces that reminded him of his trips to the family estates in the north. What was different were the giant conical coal heaps. In Lancashire, the 'rucks' were long flat topped hills of debris from the industry of winning coal from the earth. Here, the Artois coalminers seemed to dump it all in one spot, the resulting cones dotted the horizon like tawdry pyramids for the modern age.

Stanley hated them immediately.

Before the towns, the aerodrome lay around the road.

Stanley was quite surprised to find that the landing field was immediately on his left, with several hangars beside what was supposedly still a public highway. Further up it became even more muddled as barracks, messes and offices spread along two lanes that crossed this, the public road between Bruay and Houdain.

He had to suppress a chuckle as he realised that security must be a nightmare.


The squadron office was a little way up the left road on the other side of an empty Bessonau hangar. Stanley pulled his valise from the back seat of the car and gave the driver a handful of francs.

“Thank you for your excellent driving, Jacobs. I shall write to Lord Redesdale and thank him for the use of such a splendid car. Perhaps I shall call on him when next we are both in England.”

As the car pulled away, Stanley thought to himself, “and perhaps I shall call on Lady Redesdale when he's not!”

Walking into the squadron office, Stanley was shown over to Major Tilney. His new CO was a young man with fair hair and a long thin nose. He was rather pleased to see the new arrival and shook his hand as soon as they had exchanged salutes.

“Aren't you Oliver Stanley's little brother? He and I were friends at back at Eton. Is he well?”
“He's doing alright in the artillery,” Stanley replied. “I remember you from HBr.”
“Splendid times eh? And not much different now. Although the bully is a bit rougher than usual! Now, let's get you settled in with the chaps.”

Tilney gestured across the room at one of the clerks. “Funnel! Come here!”

The clerk got up and crossed the office. “Yes sir?”
“This is second lieutenant Stanley. He will be joining B flight. Please show him his quarters and the location of the mess.” The major clapped his hands, “I have to get on with reports, but I shall see you at dinner, Stanley.”
“Yes sir. Thank you sir.” Bob saluted and left the office with private Funnel.

The Other Ranks had their mess and barracks across the road from the squadron office. Funnel led Stanley 800 yards back down the road, across the crossroads and into a smaller lane. Now they passed some workshops before going into one of the buildings on the right. Funnel opened the door of a small room with two beds in it. One bed had pyjamas folded neatly on it.

“Here you are sir,” the red faced clerk told him. “You are sharing with second lieutenant Wallwork. You will find the mess at the bottom of the lane, just turn right coming out of here and you will see it.”
“Thank you Funnel.” Stanley grinned and tossed him some money. “That's for a drink in the mess.”
“Thank you sir,” Funnel's hand closed over the coins and he turned around and headed back to the office.

There were a few hours before dinner, so Stanley sat down on the empty bed and wrote a few letters. One to father, to thank him for his continued support in the form of concern. One to Baron Redesdale to thank him for the loan of the car. Finally one to the baroness, thanking her for pressing her husband give Robert the use of the car.

A corporal tapped gently at the door.
“Come in,” Stanley called.
“Do I have the honour of addressing second lieutenant Stanley, sir?”
“You do.”
“I am corporal Crichton, sir. Batman to second lieutenant Wallwork and now also yourself, sir.”
“Excellent! I am delighted to meet you, Crichton. Post these would you?” Stanley handed Crichton the letters and went off to the mess.

It was still an hour until dinner when Stanley arrived at the officers mess. The first impression Robert got was that he had arrived at a crash site. Pieces of aeroplane were mounted everywhere. Mostly bearing iron crosses; these were the trophies of a hunting squadron.

Four officers were sharing a pre-dinner drink on a motley collection of chairs around a coffee table.
“Hello chaps. I'm new in. The name's Stanley.”
A round faced South African put down his glass. “'Stanley?' Is that your first or second name?”
“My surname. I'm a Robert too, although my friends call me Bob.”
“Nice to meet you Robert. I'm Tudhope. Around here they call me Tud.” Tudhope indicate around the table. “Harrison - we call him Harry- is the skinny Canadian. Perhaps you can teach him how to grow a decent moustache instead of that silly effort.”
“Hey!” Harry protested.
Tud carried on ignoring him, “next to him you've got Shaw. He's a Kiwi and another new boy. And messy haired herbert there is McElroy. We call him McScotch.”
“Why”
“To tell me apart from McIrish of course,”McElroy replied.
“McIrish?”
“MacLanachan. He's Irish you see. So is Mick, and don't let him tell you otherwise.”
Stanley felt like he was being played for a fool. “This would be Mannock then?”
“That's right. Hates the Irish, so we call him Mick. Do be sure to ask him about it.”

MacLanachan and an affable pilot called Napier (“Old Naps, if you like”) came in just before dinner was called. The famous Mannock was with them. Stanley was a little surprised by how quiet he was. Or was it sullen? Mannock had looked him over and then got on with his soup after the most basic of introductions.

For a few days, Napier had Stanley flying around the aerodrome in the SE5a. Naps told him that he didn't want anyone who couldn't handle a scout properly.

Finally on the 19th of November, Napier took Stanley along on a balloon hunt.
“But for heaven's sake don't try to shoot it yourself!” Naps told Stanley. “Leave that to the seasoned hands. You watch how its done and make a distraction for the ground guns.”

The balloon was popped and Stanley followed B flight home. He had followed instructions and Naps nodded at him in recognition of that.

It was a few days after that Stanley got to experience aerial combat as a fighter.

He was escorting RE8s from 15 squadron, with Naps in the lead and Tud, Shaw and McScotch making up the rest of the flight.

They were at 6000 feet over Monchy when Naps waggled his wings. 3 Albatros scouts were diving straight for the Harry Tates below them. The SE5s dived.

They headed off the Albatri and the fight became a whirl that Stanley couldn't understand. Wings and chattering guns flashed everywhere.

He saw one Albatros try to run. Unnoticed by the fray, the green-tailed machine turned east.

Stanley dived and was impressed by the speed of his aeroplane. He was very close to the German machine now.

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He crept up under the tail of the fleeing Albatros and pulled on the triggers. Flecks of wood flew off the German scout and after only 10 rounds it dived away. Stanley watched as it hit the ground in an eruption of mud and splinters.

Grinning like a Cheshire cat, Stanley climbed to rejoin the RE8s. Shortly, the rest of the flight reappeared and they continued their escort.

Stanley was giddy with excitement when they landed. He climbed out of his scout and ran over to the others.

“Did you see mine? I got one!”
Tudhope nodded. “I did see. Well done. They won't all be sitters like that.”

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Good stories gentlemen. I've been stressing all week about doing an arrival at 40 justice. I hope I have.

#4415022 - 04/06/18 01:42 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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You have outdone yourself Sir! Spiffing Account! I got so engrossed in the reading that I forgot I had a fresh hot coffee beside me needing to be sipped. Bloody good read!


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#4415062 - 04/06/18 07:45 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Marean, you have certainly done well for yourself! Excellent story. You seem to have a good handle for dialogue and even some witty banter. Good show!

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As the car pulled away, Stanley thought to himself, “and perhaps I shall call on Lady Redesdale when he's not!”

Ah, a bit of a rogue, I see! An English Stachel, perhaps?

#4415064 - 04/06/18 07:49 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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mmmmmmmmmmmmm When the Cat is away the mice will play.

#4415088 - 04/06/18 10:01 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Maeran, ripping good story Sir. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.


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#4415116 - 04/07/18 01:53 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Athies, Flanders.
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8 Victory's


April 6, 1918.

Ran into Spads while on Patrol, a Head on mix up. Our 5 against 6 Frenchmen. Twist, turn , and zoom and fire at all. The fight turned into a Daisy Chain scout chasing scout. I slipped in behind one and Nailed him shredded his wing forcing him to go down. In the mean time his Wingman slipped behind me and I got pasted. Leaking Oil and Fuel, I cut the motor and fell out of the fight . Being wounded, I had a hard time getting the a/c down near a bombed out building . The Infantry Medics said that I would spending 7 days back at Hospital # 9 in Dusseldorf after clearing the Aid Station.

Jasta Status: 2 Albatross Destroyed , pilots KIA, + 1 forced down Badly wnd ( Me ) a/c Heavy Damage. Claims 2 Spads. ( One was mine )

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#4415203 - 04/07/18 10:17 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Carrick, Linderman needs to be more careful. Sounds like the mission was a teeth chattering affair.


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