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#4187137 - 10/28/15 01:43 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Journal Entry: October 27, 1915
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I'm beginning to really like Roderic, he remimds me so much of Jimmy. Today for instance, we were supposed to just fly around the area while we continue to get accustomed to our new kites, but Roderic had other ideas. While we were walking out to our machines he said, "Why don't we scoot up to the front and get accustomed to our kites there instead of flying some boring circuits around the aerodrome?", of course I agreed. We took off, and when out of sight of the aerodrome, we turned towards the front. We arrived and began flying along just enjoying the simple pleasure of flying, there didn't seem to be anybody but us up there. After we had flown back and forth for quite I while, I was beginning to grow antsy and it was then that I spotted the Hun gasbag below. I had always wanted to have a go at one those things, but I could never figure out quite how to attack them in a Morane. I looked over at Roderic, got his attention and pointed down. He looked down, got a big smile on his face and immediately knew what I was thinking. I gave him a big thumbs up and began to lose altitude so that I could attack the sausage. Our new kites are wonderful, but just like real butterflies their wings are very fragile and one doesn't just dive if one wants to live a while longer. After floating down about 2000 ft, I was finally able to begin my attack run on the balloon. Since I hadn't put a lot of thought into this attack, I just bore in with my gun blazing. After about a drum of ammo, I noticed some wispy smoke appear, which grew darker and before I knew it, it just exploded. Of course, the Huns on the ground were not pleased with our activities and were shooting everything they possessed at us. We danced away and turned towards home, laughing all the way.



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#4187139 - 10/28/15 01:50 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Journal Entry: June 29, 1915
Bertincourt

I now have over 50 hours of flight time and I finally feel like I'm really contributing to the war effort. Hauptman von Schoenebeck just the other day was complimenting me on how far I've come in such a small amount of time. Today we had a full Jasta patrol and it was quite exciting to see all six of us in the air at the same time. I've decided to not spend any time worrying about those blood thirsty Tommies that I've heard about. If I see them I run, other than that, nothing much more I can do. Here is a photograph of Schwarm Eins during our Jasta patrol today.



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#4187189 - 10/28/15 07:30 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4187268 - 10/28/15 01:15 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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That's really neat, did you make this yourself or did you find it on the web? Now for the most important question, can you send a blank one to me?


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#4187292 - 10/28/15 01:47 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4187477 - 10/28/15 07:53 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Oct 28,1915.



Line patrol: Spotted and chased a 2 seat type ,but lost him in the clouds.

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#4188243 - 10/30/15 03:49 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Security Patrol;

5 a/c in 2 flights.

Remarks: No contact flew over to Vert Galand and back.


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#4188260 - 10/30/15 04:41 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4188554 - 10/30/15 05:49 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Line Patrol: The Sqn put up 5 a/c in 2 flights for patrol. No enemy contact did see 2 flights of 2 Rfc types flying back from the front BE2 I think ?


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#4188577 - 10/30/15 06:16 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Carrick58, things are awfully quiet in your sector. I wonder if that's the calm before the storm as they say.


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#4188964 - 10/31/15 03:32 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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The $#@! hit the Fan this Patrol.

#4188971 - 10/31/15 04:01 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Oct 31, 1915.

Offensive Patrol: Houplin Aerodrome near Loos.

3 a/c Bait Flt

2 a/c Distant Cover Flt.


Remarks: The Esc 5 N-10,s were Trolling for the enemy a/c and acting as Gunnery Patrice for the Hun guns at 6000ft. As the flt made its last turn a 2 Seat type was spotted near another enemy air field. ( Harbourdin ? ) We passed the e/a wing tip to wing tip as I turned , my trailing wingmate ( Robi Gallet) cut inside and attacked , then the pursuit fell apart.


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Officially, The report states that after his machine gun jammed, the pilot rammed the Enemy machine ( his 2nd Kill) in an effort to save France from the Invaders. Personally, I think, Robie had target fixation and got to close.

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#4188978 - 10/31/15 04:20 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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The war just got real for Becker.


While on a arty spotting mission, he and his wingman were attacked by 2 French scouts. Becker barely made it back over the lines with the Frenchie in hot pursuit.



Luckily his tranfer has come through and he can at least defend himself with guns now.


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#4189305 - 11/01/15 03:21 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Here is the latest status report.



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#4189326 - 11/01/15 04:24 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Dolf now has an Aviatik CI......a plane with GUNS ! bananadance

It was to be a routine arty spotting run to the NW near St. Die. Shortly after his flight of two had formed up and were gaining altitude...a lone Frenchman attacked the two plane formation.





Turned out to be an important ace from Esc 73. He must be important, he has 6 or 7 names!

#4189346 - 11/01/15 05:20 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Isn't that the truth Mudwasp. My first encounter with those scouts was not fun! Anyone know when in Dec. the EIII shows up?


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#4189348 - 11/01/15 05:24 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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They sent Dolf down for a crippled emergency landing when he had an Aviatik BII with no guns.

Fokker EIII....late Dec for MFJI. Some Jasta get them around the new year also.

#4189349 - 11/01/15 05:27 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Are you looking to pilot a Fokker, MFair ?

#4189360 - 11/01/15 06:07 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Thought I might. I have survived my last two missions by going to the Ob. Seat and defending myself but have not got the hang of the guns yet. As I am still the lowest rank it would be a while before I am Ina scout.


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#4189362 - 11/01/15 06:08 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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1 Nov 1915.

Escort 1 FE2b Recon

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Remarks: Long Recon over the enemy side of lines pass Rail-yards . We did spot numerous dots deep on the Hun side,but the flight stayed with the Fee.


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