Another marvelous hour plus catching up with everyone's adventures here. And while it's been said several times already, I'll repeat it none-the-less: the writing quality and storytelling abilities in this thread are superb! Thanks as always to all of you for sharing these wonderful tales.
Swany is recovering from a wounding he received during his outing two days ago which found the young pilot and his G/O, Lt. Christopher Dent, bombing the Hun aerodrome at Phalempin. No sooner had they done the job when three Eindeckers set upon them. It was a turning, twisting fight all the way back to the mud before their attackers finally gave up and turned away. Unfortunately, by this time, not only had Swany been grazed but Christopher had taken two bullets through his right shoulder, leaving his arm on that side hanging more or less useless. As soon as they landed the intrepid pair were rushed off for medical attention where it was determined that the senior Lieutenant will be out of the fight for a good long time, perhaps even permanently, if he is not able to regain full use of his arm. 2nd Lt. Swanson was far more lucky and will need only a week or so to heal as the bullet that found him skittered along an upper rib on his left side causing little more than some torn flesh and tattered, bloodied clothing. Swany is feeling fairly crushed at the loss of his flying partner, despite Christopher's assurance that there was nothing he could have done differently that would have changed the outcome in the slightest.