14 February , 1916 8:05 Senard, Verdun Sector Escadrille N37 Sergent Gaston A. Voscadeaux
In the news, The Bluff in the Ypres salient was taken by the Germans. It will make life very difficult for the British army stationed there. Durand is back! How Gaston missed that whippersnapper. Today’s mission? It’s a welcome change from all the reconnaissance conducted so far. The mission is ... reconnaissance north of St. Mihiel salient. Escorted by Ltn. Dagonet in ‘A’ Flight. A Lieutenant no less! Gaston stayed behind and let the officer earn his extra pay for his navigational skills. Voscadeaux followed the ‘A’ Flight which brought them over the target and proceeded to make large circuits. Someone downstairs did not appreciate them snooping around and tried to chase them away with the concentrated Flak fire. The Lieutenant took the brunt of the attack every time they flew over the batteries. Durand was being jolted by the violence of the explosions while taking notes and lost his pencil. Good thing he had a spare. The 23 minutes they were required to stay over the target passed extremely slowly but eventually they’ve had enough and turned for home. After their return to the base Gaston felt particularly homesick and decided to write his wife a romantic letter.
"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys, The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain, From out of my arse take the camshaft, And assemble the engine again."