Journal Entry: September 8, 1915

Yesterday may very well have changed the course of my flying career. We were ordered to fly a simple artillery shoot, but the main difference this time was we were escorted to the target and back by a couple of the new Fokker Eindekkers. We have been hearing many rumors concerning these new aeroplanes, but to actually see one in the air was another thing altogether. The best analogy I can think of is, we were the sheep and they were the sheepdogs. I've decided that I want to be a sheepdog, so naturally I started pestering Hauptman von Schoenebeck as to when we will get these machines. He laughed and reminded me that patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait. Ach, he sounds like my mother. If waiting is required then waiting is what I'll do, but I will have one of those machines.

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