Henri Patois
Verdun
July 15th, 1917
Escadrille3 No. 23

We made a raid on an observation balloon just east of us that has been causing some trouble for our troops. I took two Nieuports with rockets while our two SPADs provided cover. As the attack was commencing, four Albatros scouts swooped down with plans of their own. I kept them busy for a few moments while the balloon was destroyed and then latched onto one that have dove below me and was coming back up to attack. I believe I killed the pilot on that one as his craft rolled to the left and smashed into the ground. On the way back over the lines, I ran into another with the same squadron markings that must have chased one of my Nieuports back. I descended on him and fired until his engine went out and then continued to harass him all the way down until he landed on our side of the lines. Both confirmed!