The continuing career of Albert "Mushroom" Ward:

22 Jul 1916 @ 06h43 Recon of Vehicle Movement East of Bethune

Mesurier lead the flight with Hervey, Shook and myself accompanying. We had 4 DH.2 for top cover from RFC-29. The flight to the lines was quiet and the sky was heavy with Cumulus above 5000ft. Just before crossing the lines we saw 5 EIIIs pass under us heading west. They did not bother us. We crossed the lines making a wide circle, twice. On our third circle we encountered 6 EIIIs coming towards us from the east and looking to give us trouble. Mesurier gave the signal to attack and we took them on. During the scramble I shot down two EIIIs, Parsons got two but had his observer killed and got wounded himself. Hervey also had his observer killed. Mesurier shot down one EIII. Top cover never engaged, but circled above for any other interveners. After the scramble I met up with Mesurier and together we headed home. Shortly there after Shook joined us and we landed safely. Both Parsons and Hervey landed safely but their machines were destroyed.

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