Rick Rawlings
No 60 Squadron
February 2, 1917

Line patrol today. Got above a pair of Rolands and gave them the worst of it! Coming back, we saw a trio of Caudrons off in the distance, appearing to be attacked by what I took to be a pair of Albatros scouts. One of the Caudrons peeled off, smoking. As we closed to assist, I saw the Albatros scouts had the square wings and blue-in-red roundels of SPADs! They weren't attacking, they were escorting! They dove away as we approached, apparently chasing after the unspotted-by-me enemy. Feeling guilty about a bad escort mission I had with Caudrons back when I was in 24th squadron, I decided that we would provide them with an unofficial escort until their minders got back, which happened after a few minutes. Everyone waved to everyone else and we were off home!

The older I get, the more I realize I don't need to be Han, Luke or Leia. I'm just happy to be rebel scum...