The continuing career of Albert "Mushroom" Ward:

2 Aug 1916 @ 06h13 Bombing of Houplin aerodrome

Escort of 3 DH. 2 from RFC-29 out of Abeele

Booker lead the flight with Myself and Huskisson accompanying. A flight sent one Strutter on ahead as advance lead. We encountered a gaggle of EIIIs just before approaching Houplin and Parsons elected to engage. I downed 3 EIIIs in the melee. Booker got one and Huskisson another. Booker elected to return to base but I made a bomb run on the airfield before leaving but hit nothing. On the way back I downed a Hun sausage just west of Houplin airfield.

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2 Aug 1916 @ 14h20 Railyard Attack at Roulers Junction east of Rumbeke aerodrome.

Escort of 2 Nieuport 11s from RNAS-1 Furnes.
Parsons lead the flight with Hervey, Shook, and Myself accompanying.
We ran into a mess of EIIIs while approaching the Junction and did not manage to make our bomb run. We engaged the EIIIs I took a few hits during the engagement but managed to down 2 EIIIs. The N11s and the rest of my squad dealt with the rest of them. Parsons elected to turn for home so I followed. I took some more hits crossing the enemy trenches. All of us but Shook had light damage with 2 days to repair. The C.O. said this this is a critical target and that we must make another run at it. He also indicated that my 8 outstanding claims have been confirmed and that I will be receiving the VC. The boys will want to celebrate but tomorrows mission is of utmost importance so we will have to keep it to a small affair.

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Last edited by Robert_Wiggins; 08/02/14 12:18 PM.

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