For some reason, the escorts in WOFF tend to behave in an extremely cowardly way. I've had it happen in most, if not all, two-seater pilot careers. That was one of the most important reasons why I transferred Albrecht Niemann to a fighter unit in the other DID. It just became too difficult to stay alive in 1917 when the escorts failed us all the time.
The rating and disposition of the escorting squadron doesn't seem to matter much. I've seen the same behaviour from aggressive elite formations and from completely mediocre squadrons. It's something of a mystery!
"Upon my word I've had as much excitement on a car as in the air, especially since the R.F.C. have had women drivers."
James McCudden, Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps