There were a number of bombing attacks on the railway sidings and billets in the area. We were not attacked this time, nor were any of the other airfields in our general area.
It’s been misty and warm all day but now we have an almost cloudless sky. Quite a bit of haze below, however. Air activity over the front was moderate during our first two Patrouillenflüge, but, judging from the number of Flak bursts as we approach Gheluvelt it must be picking up.
I’m back in Beomia. I was surprised to find her ready to go when I returned yesterday. I brought some bottles around to Hermann and his Schwarzer Mann in thanks for their efforts.
It’s 1630 when Berthold, despite the haze, spots a single SPAD flying at about 1,000 meters along the road from Ypres to Menen. Probably he is spying out our troops massing for another counter-attack.
Der Meister dives on him with Beomia and I in support while the others stay above.
The Tommy breaks up in the air.*
*Berthold’s 24th Luftsieg, 19 year old Bernard Alexander Powers, flying SPAD VII B.3520 of Number 19 Squadron RFC. He was trying to obtain information about reported German troops massing for an attack along the Menin/Ypres road.
Upon landing, we get some solid information on Bubi Voss. A message was dropped containing the information that his machine crashed northwest of a British entrenched position at Frezenberg and he was buried in the field.*
* Voss’ triplane crashed at Plum Farm ¾ mile NW of Frezenberg close by a British entrenched position. His body was slipped into the nearest shell hole and buried by gunners of 174th Brigade RFA 58th Div.
The body was never recovered, lost with so many in the churned up mud of Flanders.
The Associated Press reported 1 Oct saying messages were already dropped.
It read, “Vosse killed 23 Sep while engaged in a spectacular combat with a British airman. He died fighting determinedly. And magnificently.”
WOFF has Voss flying an Albatros DV for a period of time in Jasta 14 but no skin was provided. I made this one in imitation of his Albatros DIII livery. It is conjectural. It can be found in Pack 4 of More Skins by jerbear.
Caption – this is a skin from the Two-Seater Skins by jerbear Mod. This skin was made for Otto ‘Piple’Wieprich , one of the few aces WOFF put on the roster of FAA 250s, which operated in this Army Group at this time.
I have Wieprich flying a Halberstadt made DFW from the 3rd production batch. He will fly it from around April to 1 November 1917 when he gets a Hawa for a few months.
Berthold fires his Spandaus and waggles his wings twice, the pre-arranged signal that we are to split up into Ketten to hunt.*
*This signal is my own invention. It is based on the only signal used by Berthold that I have found documented. He would fire three rounds from his MGs to signal an attack. There must have been other variations on this theme for other orders. He appears not to have cared for the use of flares and I find no pictures of any of his or the other Jasta 18 aircraft of this time with racks for them.
Caption – The weather used in this scenario is from BuckeyeBob’s cloud Mod: BB Overcast and Rain.
Der Meister leads Klein and myself, taking us down to 500 meters. We attack several enemy working machines but they escape us in the clouds and mist after their Observers have given us a good peppering with their flexible mounted MGs.