Flight Sub-Lt Alex Ackworth - RNAS 4 - Coudekerque - 15 July 1916 (Mission 18)

This morning is beautiful and after a good porridge followed by bacon and eggs with some tea, it's time to go to work. I am tail-end charlie of a four Strutters flight. The artillery boys need our help to know if their shells are falling on the intended target, a german infantry unit trenches east of Nieuwpoort. We will have an escort of 5 DH2s from RFC 32 in Treizennes, and the two remaining Strutters will make another flight following us.

We find the little friends on the way, but they are not fast enough and slowly fall behind. We get to our spotting zone, and while our leader Flight Cdr Whealdon transmits information we scan the sky around. Soon we spot 5 Fokkers climbing our way, and we go to meet them. At this time the Aircos have caught up and also fall on the poor Einies. I stay above by fear of collisions and give a couple of bursts to a Fokker trying to climb, sending him back down in the fight.

Rhodes shoots down one of the Fokkers, two more are shot down by the DH2s and the remaining two run away. Everybody forms up again and we head west. Some planes must have taken hits and they land in Koksijde. I fly back to Coudekerque.

Last edited by corsaire31; 07/15/14 10:12 PM.

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