Rick Rawlings
No 24 Squadron
Nov 25, 1916
Bertangles West

The Major died the other day. "Major Hawker was shot down over the lines in combat with Albatros scouts." That was all we were told. Each of us feels a personal responsibility, as if we should have been there to help, as he always was for us. Even my latest victory and promotion to Captain can do little to numb the pain of his loss. It has cast a pall over the squadron and only seems to reinforce how tenuous our grip on life is...