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Sailor Steve 08-19-2018 11:48 PM

19 August 1914

Noel Kay and another pilot made an extended flight southeast to Toul, east to Nancy, northeast along the Belgian border and back to Verdun. 2 hours 18 minutes.
In the news the Germans took Haelen yesterday. Everyone is wondering when they will reach France.

Corrie Aujla and two other planes patrolled up and down the Belgian border for almost two hours. Nothing to report.

The entirety of No 4 Squadron made a very long familiarization flight, west to Abbeville, northeast to St Omer, westward to Lille then back to Amiens. 3 hours 32 minutes. Ries Meismer is amazed at his commander's planning skills. They landed back at their home field with less than 15 minutes' fuel remaining.

Cadet Odis Först followed his instructor around the area again, this time west to Kaarst, northeast to Duisberg and back to Dusseldorf. Almost an hour, and any hour spent in the air is a good one.

Sailor Steve 08-20-2018 10:42 PM

20 August 1914

Noel Kay makes a long flight east and then south, experimentally takes the plane up to 12,000 feet.

Corrie Aujla makes another patrol of the Belgian frontier, this time in company with one other plane.

Ries Meismer continues to learn the area around Amiens.

Odis Först continues his training with a flight from Dusseldorf to Köln and back.

Sailor Steve 08-21-2018 09:50 PM

21 August 1914

Noel Kay makes a flight to Chalons and back. While near Chalons he suffers another engine failure. Kay manages to put down safely at the nearest airfield. After an examination the mechanic tells him it's going to take two days to repair. Kay gets a telephone call through to Verdun, and his commander tells him to stay with the plane and return home when it is ready.

Corrie Aujla makes yet another patrol of the Belgian border. Nothing to see, nothing to report.

Ries Meismer makes a very long flight - almost three hours. The squadron is told that they need to get all the flight-time possible, as the war is going to come to them all too soon.

Odis Först makes a very long flight, following his instructor all over the region. No explanation is given other than that they need practice navigating.

Sailor Steve 08-22-2018 09:56 PM

22 August 1914

Noel Kay spends the day in town revisiting some of the places he saw during the week he was stationed here.

Corrie Aujla spends yet another couple of hours patrolling the Belgian frontier. As usual nothing is happening.

Amiens: Ries Meismer makes another long trip around the area. Not as long as yesterday, but still enough to tire even a young pilot out. His observer is even more bored, since he has nothing to do at all.

Odis Först repeats his flight of yesterday, this time solo. He botches his landing and receives a stern warning about the cost of the planes. If it happens again he may find himself grounded for an indefinite period.

Sailor Steve 08-24-2018 01:19 AM

23 August 1914

The starboard engine finally repaired, Noel Kay and his observer fly back from Chalons to Verdun.

No 3 Squadron has the day off. Everyone is busy packing as they are transferring to a new field tomorrow.

No 4 Squadron is also not flying. They are also preparing for a move.

Odis Först and his three fellow students follow their instructor on a long flight down to the Belgian border near Liege and back.

Sailor Steve 08-25-2018 01:41 AM

24 August 1914

Noel Kay spends another half hour just flying around. It seems like it's all for nothing. At the end of the day he writes: "News from Belgium is not good. Our forces have lost another battle and are in retreat, as are the first British forces to engage the Germans. At the same time our army in Alsace is withdrawing."

No 3 Squadron is transferring from Maubeuge to Le Cateau. Ten minutes after takeoff Corrie Aujla's engine conks out. He lands on the grass at a nearby farm, but the plane is still moving when it hits a patch of furrowed ground. The BE noses over and is severely damaged. Corrie and the much disliked Captain Fabio Carlson both receive fairly minor injuries. The squadron flies back to Maubeuge, and an ambulance is sent to pick up the injured pilot and observer. They are put into a cottage hospital and are told they will be there for the next two days. The squadron takes off for their new home at Le Cateau.

No 4 squadron is also transferred to Le Cateau. They make the journey without incident.

After the flight the previous day Odis Först and his three fellow students are told to take the rest of the day off, spend some time on the town, but be back at noon the 24th. Today they gather in various states of sobriety and are told to pack their gear and get a good night's sleep. Tomorrow they are all flying to Belgium to join a new squadron forming there.

Catfish 08-25-2018 02:32 PM

A nice read, i like this very much! :up:

My only gripe is that this sim is so relentless and unforgiving :):03:

Sailor Steve 08-26-2018 01:36 AM

25 August 1914

Noel Kay writes: "There is no more news from the Front, the Front has come to us. The Germans have overrun our border and taken several towns. Today we are hastily packing everything. Tomorrow we move to Chappy."

Corrigan Aujla writes: "At 0500 we were awakened and told to get into our uniforms and make sure we had everything we needed. At 0515 we ate a hasty breakfast and were told the Germans had
broken through and would be here within hours. I was packed into the back of an ambulance with some other enlisted men. Captain Carlson rode in the front with the driver and by 0545 we were part of a truck convoy headed west. Most of the French army is retreating slowly, preparing for a fight if necessary, so we had the roads to ourselves, and made good time. We drove from Maubeuge to Valenciennes, a distance of 25 miles or so, in around five hours. After refueling the trucks and some food for ourselves we were underway again. It has taken us six hours to get to Douai, a distance of about 35 miles, Now we are encamped outside Douai, preparing to get some sleep before taking up the journey again. I have no idea what has become of the Squadron and my friend Robbie Reinard."

Le Cateau:
Reis Meismer writes: "0723: Didn't even have time to unpack. Transfered again from Le Cateau to Saint-Quentin along with No 3 Squadron. It seems we'll be travelling with them for the foreseeable future. 1 hour 52 minutes. It should have taken less than half that, but they had us make a detour to the west to see exactly where the Germans are."

Odis Först writes: "Took off at 1041. Made the flight from Dusseldorf to Jamoigne, flying over Liege along the way. 2 hours 53 minutes."

Sailor Steve 08-26-2018 10:58 PM

26 August 1914

Noel Kay writes: "Escadrille flew from Verdun to Chappy. We are now 25 miles closer to the lines. Hoping we start operations soon."

Corrie Aujla writes "We were awakened at dawn again. By 0600 we were on the road. Two hours later we were in Arras. The roads took us through Beaumetz-les-Loges, down to Doullens and then to Beauvais. We arrived there about 1500. The army colonel in charge of the convoy decided we were safe enough and elected to camp outside Bouvai for the night.

No 3 Squadron and No 4 Squadron have moved yet again, from St. Quentin to La Fere.

The beginnings of FA 13 make a 20-minute exploratory flight around the area of their new home.

Sailor Steve 08-27-2018 10:35 PM

27 August, 1914

Noel Kay and Eduard Camplan make a familiarization flight around the Chappy area.

Corrie Aujla and Captain Carlson are still with the truck convoy, which is spending all day and another night camped near Bouvais.

La Fere:
Sergeant Ries Meismer and his observer Captain Ted Wimund make a long flight of almost three hours learning the area around La Fere.

Odis Först meets his new Commanding Officer, Hauptmann Alfred Streccius, and his assigned observer, Hauptmann Reinhold Straub. Först and Straub take a one-hour flight around the area.

Sailor Steve 08-29-2018 12:27 AM

28 August, 1914

Noel Kay writes: "Finally, our first patrol. We took off in shifts, one plane every two hours. We didn't see any Germans, nor did any of our flights. Everyone returned safely in their turn."

Corrie Aujla writes: "We are still camped at Beauvais. Colonel Blayne has not been able to get in touch with his superiors, nor have we with ours. The war is at our doorstep, but you wouldn't know it from the tranquil atmosphere shrouding this place. Well, tranquil except for all the men and vehicles running to-and-fro.
La Fere:
Ries Meismer and Capt Ted Wimund make a shorter flight and then are informed that they are moving again tomorrow.

Odis Först and Hptmn Reinhold Straub make a somewhat longer flight than yesterday, getting to know the area and each other.

St Cyr:
A new French pilot, Filimor Oda Dion Isaďe Hance, begins training at Saint-Cyr, west of Paris.

Sailor Steve 08-29-2018 11:30 PM

29 August, 1914

Noel Kay and his observer are again part of rotating patrols. He finally sees some Germans. He will put that in his report though he is certain his superiors know exactly where this group is, since he has a front-row seat to a French-German artillery duel. They stick around until fuel concerns send them home again.

Corrie Aujla writes: "Still no word from either command, which is odd because with the war going on right next door they must need those trucks somewhere. Twenty of them, just sitting. Our bigger worry is what will become of us when they finally do move. Do we go with them, or sit here and wait to hear from our Squadron? Or do we set out on our own hoping we're heading in the right direction? If we stay we have no means of support with the army gone. If we go with them we risk becoming part of the infantry war. If we go our own way we could get drafted into some other unit, or even captured by the enemy. There seems to be no definite future, and no easy choice to make."

La Fere:
Nos 3 and 4 Squadrons, with Ries Meismer in No 4, move yet again, this time to Compiegne.

Odis Först and Hptmn Straub make an even longer flight to the north, knowing full well that the fighting is to the southwest. Orders are orders, so they go where they are told.

Sailor Steve 08-31-2018 01:04 AM

30 August 1914

Noel Kay writes: "Patrolled over another battle between our forces and theirs. In a fit of rudeness their infantry decided to direct some machine gun fire in our direction! We even took some damage! All was well, though, and we got home safely. The Germans are still advancing."

Corrie Aujla writes: "The day has come. Colonel Blayne has gotten through to his superiors, and they are indeed wanted at the front lines. Captain Carlson has decided that we should stay here in Beauvais. He has made a deal with a local hotel-keeper that we should be his guests on the Captain's word as an officer that he will be recompensed in full when we have the means. M Jumonde says it's "part of my duty to help fight the war by aiding our British cousins."

La Fere:
No 3 and No 4 Squadron transfer again, from La Fere to Senlis.

Odis Först writes: "Another long flight around. Three-quarters of the way through the motor quit running. We were in a forested area, but over a large patch of open grass at the time. I managed to put the plane down, though not without some damage to the wing. We stayed with the plane, and some time after we were due back they sent a plane looking for us. He landed and took Hptmn Straub with him. another hour and he came back for me. By dinner time a truck had gathered the plane and returned. Hptmn Straub is full of praise for "his" pilot, and tonight I seem to be the toast of the squadron. Tomorrow is another day."

Sailor Steve 09-01-2018 05:07 AM

31 August 1914

Noel Kay writes: "No flying to day. Escadrille moving tomorrow."

Corrie Aujla writes: ":M Jumonde has come up with a different plan to pay for our rooms: we'll go to work for him. Capt Carlson will help with his books, and those of other businesses nearby, and I will do all the odd jobs around the area ̶ cleaning, clearing up trash, helping move things ̶ anything that needs doing. I joined the army and seem to have become a civilian through no doing of my own."

Ries Meismer writes: "Moved yet again, this time to Juilly."

Odis Först writes: "We are grounded today, preparing for a move forward tomorrow."

Sailor Steve 09-02-2018 02:05 AM

1 September 1914

Noel Kay writes: "Transferred from Chappy to Clermont-en-Argonne today. Successful move with no problems."

Corrie Aujla writes: "I went to work helping a man with a truck pick up trash in our neighborhood and finished the day helping Mme Jumonde with her garden. Late in the day a flight of aeroplanes passed overhead. They were at about 2,000' altitude and looked to be a high-winged parasol of some kind. I counted five of them.

Ries Meismer writes: "Made a scouting flight to the northeast of Paris. 1 hour 13 minutes."

Odis Först writes: " Transferred from Jamoigne to La Ferté sur Chiers. An easy flight. 46 minutes. Had some excitement later in the evening. At about 1930 an Aviatik came in and landed, not long before dark. It was a Leutnant Boelcke. We already have one! Ltn Wilhelm Boelcke is one of our observers. This one was his younger brother Oswald Boelcke. He is a rarity, an Officer Pilot. Apparently he was assigned to a different unit but took his plane and a mechanic and came here, claiming he was bound for another field but had to stop here for the night. It's a strange thing, and not for a poor flieger like me to understand."

Filimor Hance writes: "Long training flight with our instructor leading us north to Beauvais, then over to Chantilly and back. 1 hour 59 minutes."

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