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This can be a first-hand account of the author’s grandfather, man Mainwaring Knocker and his reviews as a pilot within the R.F.C. within the First international struggle written as a sequence of letters and diary entries. He wrote letters almost each day to his family members, whereas he expert in England and used to be in carrier in France, and sometimes illustrated them with little sketches. man was once a proficient artist, quite pencil and pen and ink, and likewise a great photographer. He flew with out sixty five (Fighter) Squadron that was once shaped in June, 1916 as a fighter squadron, and flew to France in March 1917 in time to play a well-known half within the air operations throughout the Battles of Arras. In June 1917, the squadron moved to Calais for targeted patrol paintings within the Dover Straits quarter, to intercept enemy airplane raiding England.

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Correct over the aerodrome. He grew to become East & then “Archie” positioned him off & so he grew to become West back. Then a S. E. five which was once up on the time noticed him & dived on him. The Hun went down in a robust dive, flattened out & landed in a box a couple of mile from town, turning over on his again while touchdown – the pilot was once uninjured & has been taken prisoner. I watched the whole lot via my glasses – it used to be a useful express! A unmarried Albatross over right here at 3,000 ft.!!! i assume he used to be totally misplaced & had lousy finish up, terrible beggar – I don’t blame him! we're relocating the next day at eight a. m. livid packing this afternoon! lousy Nuisance! DIARY Saturday sixteenth February nice battle starts off back. On sunrise Pat: with Jack. chilly as ****! No Huns to note. Eaton crashed an Albatross! Bingo in membership for dinner. Leaving the next day. DIARY Sunday seventeenth February In whole trance all day – with headache. O. P. from 9-15. Left Bailleul and landed at confirmed. Res: Pat: in afternoon. Very reserve! Settled down in hut with Jack. Balfour, significant. Dinner in Pop. sixty five Squad. 18th February 1918 thank you in your letters – incredibly sorry I couldn’t write domestic the day past yet i actually hadn’t a minute. We acquired orders to maneuver the day before today, & we needed to wake up early. in order that as to offer us plenty of time to cool down in our new position, the Wing gave us remark Patrols, one Off. Patrol & 6 new machines to gather from 2 A. S. D.!! quite an excessive amount of, wasn’t it and the day prior to this was once an ideal nightmare! I had a bit a head [ache] as a kick off, too. We left – - – at the O. P. & patrolled for 1½ hrs & landed the following in our new aerodrome, that is an exquisite lethal spot correct at the major highway working N. W. from – - – . The Mess even if is especially cozy & the huts very bon! i'm sharing a large number hut with Jack, Balfour & significant Howes. I couldn’t stand outdated invoice as a hut Mate from now on! No nutrition after we arrived other than Bully & Machaichie [sic? ]. the blokes who have been gathering the hot buses hadn’t get back & so “C” Flt needed to do one other patrol – a reserve patrol – this took 2 hours. i used to be in an absolute coma forever with a rotten headache. A clean soloist in a ‘Rumpety’ may have shot me down with a bow & arrow! although there have been no Huns & within the O. P. we have been all feeling too drained to need one! Then we had dinner down town & then I fell into mattress & to sleep – i used to be drained! i'm very healthy this morning notwithstanding, as I didn’t wake up until eventually 10 o’clock. DIARY Monday 18th February O. P. led via C. O. in morn over to Roulers. No Huns in any respect. acquired room all started. Binge in Pop. with Matthews. sixty five Squadron nineteenth February 1918 we're steadily settling down the following. the day prior to this “C” Flt in basic terms did an Off. Pat. – led through the C. O. We went correct over to the – - – highway & loafed approximately over there yet there have been no Huns in any respect. I basically observed one Hun & we have been in splendid Command of the air. Capt. Symons on early patrol ran throughout a Hun two-seater at 500 feet. He bought underneath his tail & fired approximately 20 rounds & the Hun did a right-hand Immelman flip & dove slap into the floor & was once slain. That comedian Albatross that landed over the following the opposite day was once the newest form of Hun bus, a D.

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