Flight Sub-Lt Alex Ackworth - RNAS 4 - Coudekerque - 01 July 1916

We have only 4 flyable planes. I form flight B with Lt Carpenter, the two other planes form flight A. We will meet our escort of Airco DH2s on the way to our recon zone over ground units, south east of Armentires across the Lys river.

As we finish our first overflight, we spot two Eindeckers under us climbing our way. Carpenter goes on all out attack. Being more careful, I stay up a little time while our escort DH2s catch up and join the fight. Bad news for the Einis, one of them goes down, the other one goes home. Carpenter and his observer have been hit and wounded and fly at low altitude towards the nearest airfield at La Gorgue, and I follow them higher up. Good idea, as three Fokkers on patrol nearby start chasing Carpenter. We get to La Gorgue airfield and when Carpenter takes the landing pattern the three Eindeckers form a trail line behind his plane, while the AA starts firing at them.

I dive down behind the Fokkers which make the mistake of staying target fixed on Carpenter. I fire at them one after the other at close distance. The first one breaks and heads home, the two other ones will go down and crash near the airfield.

I land at La Gorgue with Carpenter, and fill out my claim forms.
July 2 will be no-mission day as we don't have enough flyable planes, the two Strutters of flight A are reported missing. We will take our planes back to Coudekerque after repair.

Last edited by corsaire31; 07/01/14 10:52 PM.

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