What's with Swany and the Eindeckers? Lou, better check his compass if it doesn't have a Fokker magnet. Seriously, Gaston is in the middle of a major offensive and there aren't that many Fokkers on the entire front as there are on Swany's tail. Congrats on another downed Hun and the confirmed one too! I smell a promotion coming. MFair, finally some sun! That's more like it. I bet Jericho wouldn't even mind bombing that rail junction again with the sun on his face. You guys are racking them in! Gaston is still a virgin. Oh, that didn't come out right.
25 February , 1916 8:05 Senard, Verdun Sector Escadrille N37 Sergent Gaston A. Voscadeaux
Fort Douaumont is lost! Gaston, like most on the base is in shock. This was not supposed to have happened. It doesn’t look good for the French nation. It doesn’t look good for Entente. They are in real trouble. There is also some good news, S.Ltn. Medeville's claim from yesterday had been confirmed. It is his first! The orders were to conduct reconnaissance of front lines south of St. Mihiel salient. They haven’t had any reliable information of the battle in this area for some time and it was up to Gaston’s flight to change that. Hence the heavy escort flying above his Nieuport.
The snow on the ground made everything easy to spot from the air. Gaston thought if they were to paint all their planes white they would blend better with the surroundings and make it much more difficult for the Boche to notice. They’ve encountered two Aviatiks over the recon area but the ‘A’ Flight ignored them. Well, this is why Fort Douaumont is now in German hands. He was fed up with this apathy and decided to act. He signaled his wingman, Cpl. Mondeme and gave chase. They’ve caught up with the Huns quickly and attacked from behind. Caporal Mondeme's machine was damaged on the first pass and he had to disengage. Gaston made another two passes with Roze firing like a madman. On the next pass the unthinkable happened, the gun jammed. Roze was beating it with his gloved hands like one beats a mangy dog. No go, the spent shell casing was jammed in the breach for good. Voscadeaux was forced to let the Huns go and returned to the recon area and the safety of the escort, which was still circling the same spot unaware of the recent going-ons. Voscadeaux gave order to return after Roze made all the notes he could take. It was stupid to endanger Mondeme. He'll have to stick to the mission and keep his wingmen safe. If only he could get his hands on one of those machines with the forward firing guns.
"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."