The continuing career of Albert "Mushroom" Ward:

17 Aug 1916 @ 07h19 Bomb enemy front lines north of Ypres

I lead the flight with Sheely, Parsons and Chadwick accompanying. A flight sent three strutters to follow flown by Soar, Hervey and Mesurier. We had thick scattered cumulous between 5000 to 7000 ft. The flight to the front lines was quiet. We bombed the target and returned without encountering enemy flak or scouts. Our C.O said we had a very successful bombing run.

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17 Aug 1916 @ 14h53 Artillery spotting for shot fall and enemy troop movement east of armentieres.

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

I lead the flight with Soar, Mesurier and Hervey accompanying. The flight to the spotting area was uneventful but our DH.2 cover was falling behind so as we approached the lines I turned back to greet them as they arrived. I then swung onto their tail and led the squadron on a circuit for spotting. We quickly encountered three enemy scouts flying EIIIs. It seems the DH.2s were not interested and since the EIIIs had their eye on us I turned into one and gave the order to attack. I downed one, Soar got 2 and Hervey got one. We flew back to the base successfully and upon landing we all talked about the encounter. I explained I saw only three EIIIs but Hervey identified that while I was in a mix-up with two and Soar with another, he say a fourth arriving on the scene and intercepted it. The first one I damaged heavily was finished off by Soar when I had to turn to attack the second EIII. All in all a very successful outing as we all returned safely.

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