Have managed to invent an interesting plot twist after Bouffant's "demise" - but will think about how to develop that further (perhaps a sequel of sorts - the plot twist has been written up at any rate as a full "mission report" and will be included in the novel).
In the meantime, the Johnny Dobson adventures are, after a long pause, again under way - mission no. 16, with Sgt. Rowena and Strugnell up in their Parasols to bomb the German 'drome at Houplin, and Dobson providing cover in his Bristol. Good weather prevailing at the end of May, 1915. We received an extra Parasol too - with Henderson about to return from leave in a couple of days, hopefully with some sorely needed BE.2c types. The Major managed to bag a couple of Aviatiks near Lille, and a balloon. Some damage inflicted on the enemy 'drome as well - and then back for breakfast.
Mission now written up and will tread carefully as I approach the 300-350 page range of the novel, to see what happens with Dobson. Will also think about whether or not to let Dobson have the final word in the novel, and maybe a side-story for the duo of Hutzenlaub and Kiener up at Ghistelles, with Bosta2. Or perhaps to send Dobson on some well-deserved leave to ... Lady Harbury
- if the WOFF campaign manager agrees with me - and to revisit our two Eindecker pilots instead. So many decisions, with each one altering the "tone" of the narrative. And there I was, thinking that writing was easy business.
The mission begins, with relaxing water effects as the Major heads towards the lines
An Aviatik encountered near the 'drome at Houplin
Other perspective of the Aviatik
The second Aviatik, that disappeared, is found again
And this one's a flamer
The return flight, with a lovely view of Lille
V.C. for the Major