Thanks for your thoughts guys. It's a bummer to die that way and that was my second mission to the almost exact same spot two days in a row. My plane literally bled off altitude at an alarming rate and I had no warning other than that clunking sound that started 5 seconds before. The day before we attacked the railyard just east of Rumbecke and shot up some EIII's that took off from there to stop us. I figured they might be pretty upset if they captured me as I was about to add insult to injury in attacking their airfield after having roughed them up the day before.

I've enlisted a pilot starting tomorrow with RFC-18 flying F.E.2's. I QC'd her a few times and I'm going to try not to turn to much - especially when low - and generally try to avoid an engagement when possible. I'll introduce him later tonight or tomorrow.