Wulfe, that was a particularly outstanding bit of writing, very well done. James was most lucky getting back down in one piece after that encounter.
MFair, Jericho had excitement as well I see. Glad he was on the friendly side of the mud and found a nice flat field to land his mount in.
Fullofit, Gaston cut it a bit close on that gasbag attack. And how does France's great ace look with singed facial hair?
Carrick, Keith had a rough go as well. Must be something going around, all these emergency landings lately. Even though his kite was a write-off he at least walked away from it, so lucky there.
Lieutenant Swanson, having gotten in his morning flight on the Strutter first thing, is currently sitting at the White Horse in Willesden enjoying an early lunch and a paper before he continues on to spend the day kicking around London. As he was finishing up his shepherd's pie and brown ale he noticed an article in the Times that mentioned an attack on the Kent coast two nights ago by six or so Hun bombers* and it got Swany wondering if his good friend James Collins had been up dogging after those in the darkness as he'd done with the Zeppelin a week ago. There'd been quite the write-up about it in the Daily Express with the headline, “Gallant Canadian Chases Off Night Raider”. Swany could only imagine how that went down in the officer's mess at Jim's camp and laughed to himself just thinking about it. He also wondered who his friend had curried favor with at the Express to get such grand publicity. It wouldn't surprise him to learn it was the owner himself, Collins always seemed about one acquaintance removed from knowing everyone. If Jim were standing next to the Pope on the balcony at St. Peter's Square in Rome and Swany were down in the crowd he could about bet that some complete stranger within earshot would be heard to say, "Hey, who's that fellow in the funny hat up there next to Collins?" .
*On the night of May 19/20, 1916, Three Friedrichshafen FF33, three Hansa-Brandenburg NW, and one Gotha Ursinus W.D. dropped bombs on Dover, Broadstairs, Deal, and Walmer. Casualties and damage were reported as light. The RNAS dispatched planes from Dover, Eastchurch, Grain, and Westgate to intercept. While there were two reported engagements all German planes returned safely.