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#4284801 - 08/04/16 07:27 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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August 4, 1916.


Dawn Patrol: went up to the lines, no joy.

#4285300 - 08/06/16 05:11 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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August 5, 1916.

O805 hrs; The Sqn put up 8 a/c to due a line patrol at 4000ft. No contact.

#4285413 - 08/06/16 06:59 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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August 6 1916.


Balloon Attack

A Flt: 3 a/c cover
B Flt: 2 A/c Strike package

Ammo: Full

E/A: 3 Fokkers E Types

Remarks: A frightful Show. B Flight curved in out of a corkscrew from 3,000ft into a flight of Huns. Mixing it up with turning, Reversals, and twisting. I didn't see A flights machines in the fight but heard later that 1 was lost . Both of our machines were hit. I had one on my six , I think it had 2 machine guns ? , made a chandell then nosed over and ran like E'LL amid the Archie. No claims and we didnt get the Balloon.



#4285530 - 08/07/16 12:58 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Lovely report from August, Hasse!

#4285566 - 08/07/16 04:14 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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August 7, 1916.

Maj Hawker led B flights 5 a/c on a show the flag over the Aerodromes by Peronne. No Joy.

#4285609 - 08/07/16 10:01 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Here is the latest status report.



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#4285851 - 08/08/16 08:22 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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August 8, 1916.


B flight was posted to do a hop over to a Hun A.F.. To my surprise, we did some damage at the cost of 1 a/c missing.

#4286104 - 08/09/16 06:08 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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August 9, 1916.


Pulled escort duty for 2 BE types over to Bertincourt and back. Our cover flight took a hit by ground fire and lost a machine. Otherwise a cake walk.

#4286224 - 08/10/16 05:23 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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August 10, 1916.

Picked up a slug from ground fire coming back over NML. Our 5 a/c , B Flight, attacked an enemy A.F. at Bertincourt. Wild little mix up. I got off a full drum while diving at the Field then on pull out 3 Huns were waiting for us. I had one shooting me up as I turned and reloaded. My wing man got him, I saw the crash then a Hun got my wingman. I reversed and fired off another drum at we passed and ran for home getting wnd in the process as another flight member shot down the Hun. Looking back as I ran I saw another Hun being Forced down near the target. My kite was full of holes so couldnt get above 400 meters as I crossed over the lines getting hit 3 more times Finally, Home and the Medics ( Out for 13 days)


#4287414 - 08/14/16 01:09 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Here is the latest status report. Guys, I won't be able to produce next weeks status report because of my move, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to get the next one. Thanks in advance for everyone's patience.



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#4287456 - 08/14/16 06:28 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Banjoman, thanks for generating the report every week. Worry not about missing one. Good luck with the move and hope you're up and operational in no time.


"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4288043 - 08/17/16 03:46 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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It's been a while since I had time to sit down and write up Alfred Keers' memoirs.

Sgt Keers and his partner Lt Whieldon continue to do well in the Fee.

The period started well with the news on 5 April that the Aviatik wed shot at near Houplin a couple of days before had been seen to go down by a balloon observer near Neuve-Chapelle, and that the Fokker wed sent down out of control south of Arras the previous morning was also seen to crash. That made our official count four kills.

On 6 April 1916 we flew far south to observe enemy positions along the Somme river. Captain Paget Gravess machine mounted a camera. As we were escorting him, a lone Aviatik two-seater flew by about a half-mile off. I gave chase and slipped under its tail. Mr Whieldon fired only about 20 rounds before the enemy machine began to smoke. A trickle of flame appeared along the left side of the engine and it dipped. The observer could be seen batting at the flames with his arms. Then the machine erupted and fell like a comet, carrying its unfortunate crew to the ground far below. Unfortunately we were well over and out of sight of our mates, so our claim remained unconfirmed.

On 10 April I had a dead stick landing when the engine of our Fee died just over Arras broken petrol pipe. I shut off quickly and put down at Hesdigneul.

Heavy rain scrubbed most flying the next week. Mr Whieldon met me in the hangar in the wet afternoons, determine to teach me to play bridge. Sgt Craforth and Corporal Stringer, our master sailmaker and our #2 rigger, rounded out the foursome. Corporal Stringer was an unlikely champion at the game, having learned at sea before the war. The sergeant was nearly as good. Mr Whieldon despaired of my play, and taught me that officers could on occasion teach the other ranks a thing or two about profanity.

On 16 April the sun came out long enough that we were part of a three-machine reconnaissance headed to the lines south of Arras. On the way I spotted two Aviatiks near Bruay and signalled to Captain Paget-Graves. He waved his hand as if to say Off you go and play, and we pursued one of the Huns east until it was just over the lines. Finally, Mr Whieldon fired and the machines right lower wing partially separated. It circled down, its propeller windmilling, and crash-landed between the German main and reserve lines. We put in a claim for this machine, but it was rejected higher up because we could not swear the machine was damaged beyond recovery.


"It circled down, its propeller windmilling, and crash-landed between the German main and reserve lines."

#4288431 - 08/18/16 04:27 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I will be released from the Hospital in 2 days then a short 2 day pass in Paris. However , I should be reporting in by the 22nd-23rd.

#4288487 - 08/18/16 08:40 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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So that's the reason it was so quiet here. Stop chasing after the nurses, Carrick. There is war to be won.


"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4288492 - 08/18/16 08:57 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Fullofit]  
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So that's the reason it was so quiet here. Stop chasing after the nurses, Carrick. There is war to be won.

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#4288802 - 08/19/16 08:43 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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I would like to introduce Flight Sub Lt. Bolitho. He has flown a few missions as of today. I did not want to enroll him in the fray until I was sure a full redo of WOFF would not be needed to fix my glitch. Back in the skies and glad to be here!




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#4288879 - 08/20/16 02:17 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Good to have you flying with us MFair. I'm sure Banjoman will add you to the roster once he settles in his new place. Be careful, it's becoming dangerous in the air.


"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."
#4289034 - 08/20/16 10:55 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Thank you Fullofit. It's good to be back!

Broderick had 2 patrols today. Both were escort missions. One reccy missions of the lines saw nice skies and little Archie. We cruised above the FE's for 30 min. Before headed back t o Furnes. The afternoon hop was escorting 2 Strutters to bomb Ghistelles. Again, all went well and no Huns sighted.


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#4289838 - 08/23/16 04:13 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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All right MFair.

#4289844 - 08/23/16 04:24 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Back to the Hospital. I got bit by a Recon type TailGun. Made an attack from 200 meters and closed. Firing a full drum but had no return fire so got closer ,thinking I had sent the gunner south, reloaded and Bang Bang the rear gunner fired at point blank hitting the motor. My kite caught fire but by diving I put it out. Then the really bad part , I made the lines only to crash a Fence at full tilt putting back in the hospital till Sep.





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