Flight Lt Alex Ackworth - RNAS 4 - Coudekerque - 23 July 1916 (Mission 23)

Again in the morning flight, but my head is better now after a good night's sleep. We take off with six Strutters for a reconnaissance over the enemy lines near Armentires. On the way we join with our escort of 5 Nieuports 11 from RNAS 1 again. Weather is partly cloudy, but there are many free spots between the clouds.

Everything looks fine until we pass Bailleul at 8000 ft, when my engine suddenly goes to idle and stops after a short time. Well, there are two airfields at Bailleul so it's no problem to glide down and land there.

While we get a warm coffee and some eggs and bacon at the mess, the ground crew has a look at my plane. Turns out to be an oil leak which the engine didn't like at all. We will need to find a ride by road to Coudekerque and someone will have to ferry the plane later after repair.

Too bad the bloody engine didn't hold a little more, I end up with 24.98 flying hours ! sigh

Last edited by corsaire31; 07/23/14 10:18 PM.

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