Close scrape today. Ordered to attack the railyard north of Loos (why? the DH2 can't carry bombs. Does HQ know this?) I strafed the train that was in, but got shot up by machine gun fire and sprung a leak in my fuel tank. I raced for the lines but wasn't over them before the engine stopped!

This is the end, old chum, I thought. I landed as safely as I could (dodging a post caused me to shred a lower wing) and expected to be taken prisoner.

The debrief said I was forced to land, but fortunately made it back to friendly territory! Must have been a close thing.