@Great skin Lederhosen,lets hope it doesn't grab too much attention winkngrin

@Albert, Great shots as always and good spotting thru the sun/clouds to spot the FE i could do with you has my flight leader instead of this idiot Udet story below...

Thomas Muller Mission 7... 20th Dec 1916 Habsheim airfield in the Alsace region...

A early patrol over the frontlines was the order for this morning,the heavy rain yesterday that suspended the flights had cleared the last of the snows. It was a absolutely beautiful morning, cold but the sunrise was a sight to behold.
Ernst was again our patrol leader and tensions were frayed after making an idiot of himself last night (He,d been drinking all of yesterday). Instead of the early night he decided to drink until the early hrs and he was like a bear with a sore head when he got his call at 06.15am

I dont know how he managed to take off but i made sure i watched him very carefully and he very nearly clipped the trees to his left hand side during take-off duh Not long after take off i noticed a couple of Caudrons above us. I signalled to Ernst that id spotted them and he looked to see. After a brief moment he signalled to carry on with our objective..I was flabbergasted, i couldn't believe that he wasn't going to get us climbing to meet the target.
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I looked at him with disgust from the cockpit, it's a good job he couldn't hear my obscenities..
We continued to patrol the frontlines and the troops from both sides below were getting a serious pounding. No more opportunities arose during the flight and we landed..i couldn't help myself i jumped down and the mechanics had to keep us apart.
Christmas is coming up and i've never felt so low, it looks like i could be putting in a transfer very soon...

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.