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Old 04-13-2019, 01:13 AM   #286
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7 April 1915

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "0421: Took off in the dark for an Artillery Spotting mission. Vfw Fricke accompanying. Arrived just at dawn. 1 hour 46 minutes."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0601: Overcast. Scouting mission over Phalempin with Lts Ellis and Lehman. 2 hours 28 minutes.
1530: Second mission of the day. Scouting with Lt Lehman over an enemy balloon. 1 hour 53 minutes."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "Sad news today. While returning from an afternoon patrol yesterday 2nd Lt Carl Christenson and his observer, Lt Ted Fogg, were both killed in a crash.
0606: Accompanied Lt Harvey-Kelly on a Photo-Recce mission over the lines again. 1 hour 33 minutes.

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "A rain storm has moved into our area. We are once again grounded."

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "Pouring rain outside right now, so we sit and play cards in the tiny sitting room, waiting to return to our Feld Flieger Unit."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "A rain storm is moving through our area."
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:13 PM   #287
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8 April 1915

Saint Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0403: Supported Lt Buck on Trench-Mapping photography mission, west of Lens. Took off in pitch black, but the sun was up right when we reached the target. 2 hours 21 minutes.
1325: This is the second day in a row I’ve flown two missions. This one was tagging along with Lt Thayer on an Artillery Spotting mission east of Ypres. We saw our first enemy plane, at a distance. He saw us and scarpered. We had a job to do, so we didn’t get any closer. 2 hours 13 minutes.
Also noted that Sgt Billy Crowe, with less time than I have, is flying one of the new Bristol single-seaters. I’m not sure what to make of that, but, we do our job and don’t worry too much.

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "1058: Patrolled the trenches northeast of Reims again. 2 hours 13 minutes."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "Sitting out another rain storm."

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "Cloudy, but we can wander through the gardens again."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "Still raining."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "Raining again."
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:50 PM   #288
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Flying a career in a BE2 in England. Very boring training flights so far. Gawd, when do I get deployed?
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What's the date?
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9 April 1915

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "1307: Capt Williamson and I were sent on a special mission – to patrol the lines between Béthune and Lens looking for enemy aircraft. We have a machine gun, and they felt it was time we got into the chase. Unfortunately we didn’t see anything, but we were excited the whole time. 58 minutes.

Our long-time Commander, Major John Salmond, is leaving us, having been promoted to command of the 2nd Administrative Wing at Farnborough. His replacement, Major Donald Swain Lewis, is something of a legend last September when he became the first man to direct Artillery using a wireless transmitter."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "1421: Short patrol over the lines to the north. 1 hour 31 minutes."

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "Still sitting here bored to death. The tell us we can go back to the Unit tomorrow."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "Still raining."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "It has started raining again."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "Still too wet to fly."
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10 April 1915

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "1507: Long scouting mission northwest over Bruvères-et-Monthérault. Landed right at sunset. 3 hours 5 minutes."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "The rains have started again, sweeping down from the Irish Sea."

Pontfaverger
Odis Först writes: "Returned to number 13 today. My first assignment is to pack my bags. After many months here tomorrow we move to a new field. Lt Boelcke is still up at Rethel."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "Still raining."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "Here we are, still trapped under the storms. At least it's not snowing anymore."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "The incessant rain is still with us."
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:05 PM   #292
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What's the date?
Early April 2015. I'm still doing training flights but cautioned to be aware of enemy sorties. I'm just starting missions and time compressing through them waiting for something to change.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:40 PM   #293
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Early April 2015.
You're sure you're not in a Eurofighter?
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I'm still doing training flights but cautioned to be aware of enemy sorties. I'm just starting missions and time compressing through them waiting for something to change.
That's the way I do it. That's also the time period all my careers are in. But you knew that.

If you get too bored remember I've been doing these same empty training and patrol flights since August. So far my pilots have seen a total of two enemy planes, at a distance. On the other hand I've had more than one flak hit and a fair share of misadventures.
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11 April 1915

Flanders is now under a region-wide deluge. Verdun, on the other hand, is relatively clear.

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "0626: Scouting mission looking for suspected troop buildup in the woods south of Dun-sur-Meuse. Hit by DCA, engine severely damaged. Managed to land just inside our own lines. Had to walk 7 km to a balloon post to call our field. Four hours later the mechanics showed up with a truck, dismantled the plane and took us back to Senard."

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Odis Först writes: "1601: Took off from Pontfaverger for the last time, for our new home at Warmeriville. It’s only a few miles away but there is an entirely different feeling about the place. Maybe it’s just being somewhere new. 37 minutes."
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You're sure you're not in a Eurofighter?

That's the way I do it. That's also the time period all my careers are in. But you knew that.

If you get too bored remember I've been doing these same empty training and patrol flights since August. So far my pilots have seen a total of two enemy planes, at a distance. On the other hand I've had more than one flak hit and a fair share of misadventures.
I'd get flak hits if I was on the continent, but I'm still on the British Isles. I'll keep going as described to see what the career has in store.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:06 AM   #296
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12 April 1915

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "0501: With Lt Harvey-Kelly on a Bombing mission over the railyard north of Lens. 1 hour 6 minutes.
1309: Second mission of the day. With Lts Harvey-Kelly and Cruikshank on a Photo-Recce. 1 hour 33 minutes."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "0501: The sky has lifted enough for us to fly a photo mission of the trenches west of Lens, Vfw Fricke accompanying. 1 hour 57 minutes."

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes: "0521: First flight out of our new field. Scouting mission with Ltn Müller over enemy airfield at Lemmes. 2 hours 36 minutes.
1502: Second patrol of the day with Lt Müller. An hour into the flight our engine failed. Almost made it back to Warmeriville. Landed in some trees. Plane destroyed but we’re alright. 1 hour 9 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "1421: Long scouting mission up to Sedan. Didn’t see anything new. 2 hours 37 minutes."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "The storm over the Channel is still sitting right on top of us.

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "The seemingly incessant rain just won't leave us alone. I thought winter was over!"
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13 April 1915

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "0514: Offensive patrol over the trenches near Niewpoort with Lts Barault and Barra. 1 hour 16 minutes."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0504: Photo Recce mission with Lt Haldaine supporting. 2 hours 4 minutes.
1408: Scouting mission over Lens with Lts Lehman and Vance. 2 hours 8 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "A new storm has moved in."

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "After one day's flying it's raining again."

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes: "A new rain storm is upon us."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "It's raining again."
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I'm up to April 21st 1915 now and still at RNAS Yarmouth, and still nothing but uneventful routine patrols.
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Yeah, tactical map looks quite better than we could expect.
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14 April 1915

Gonneham
Corrigan Aujla writes: "0501: Supported Lt Harvey-Kelly on an Artillery-Spot on German support positions behind the lines east of Ypres, dodging rain showers the whole way. 1 hour 47 minutes.
1349: Ran my own Artillery-Spot on the trenches west of Lille. Sgt Adlam supporting. 1 hour 50 minutes."

Saint-Pol-Sur-Mer
Filimor Hance writes: "0508: Offensive patrol over the trenches near Niewpoort with Lt Barra. 1 hour 32 minutes."

Saint-Omer
Dugan Vystavel writes: "0517: Scouting mission north of Lens, Lt Buck leading. 2 hours 8 minutes.
1426: Photo Recce west of Lens, Lt Ellis leading, myself and Lt Aldaine supporting. 2 hours 12 minutes."

Bertincourt
Lennart Altendorf writes: "0602: Scouting mission. Vfw Leffers supporting. 1 hour 56 minutes."

Senard
Noel Kay writes: "The rain is still coming down. No flying today."

Warmeriville
Odis Först writes:: "Today brings more rain."
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