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A History of the 17th Aero Squadron December, 1918 Frederick Mortimer Clapp

A History of the 17th Aero Squadron December, 1918

Frederick Mortimer Clapp

Published May 18th 2012
ISBN : 9781152468665
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98 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ...him. Something seemed to explode in hisMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ...him. Something seemed to explode in his machine and he kept right on diving towards Het Zoute (5.N.6.) with smoke streaming out. I followed him down to 7000 feet when another Fokkergoton my tail. I engaged him and he went down but letelled out over the sea. (Sgd.) W1ll1am J. Armstrong. Indecisive. (Sgd.) Samuel B. Eckert. 1st Lieut. A.S., Sig. R.C., Commanding 17th Squadron. 12 Pilot: Lieut. R. D. Williams. Date: August 9, 1918. Time: 8:40-8:45 A. M. Locality: 1 mile south of Armentieres. Duty: Offensive Patrol. Height: 7000 feet. Result: 1 E.A. driven down out of control. Remarks: Three scouts, apparently of new type with no overhang and tails rather like Camels, short flat nose that looked like rotary motor, going north. Guns firing forward, speed about same as Camel. Performance not as good. While on O.P. at 8:40-8:45 A. M. this date, I became separated from our formation, which was split up in fight near Lille, and while trying to overtake it I was cut off by three scouts which appeared about 400 feet above me. I turned and attacked leader and was immediately attacked by remaining two. After several minutes manoeuvring I succeeded in putting burst of thirty or forty into leader at about 50 or 75 yards. He fell in steep spiral nose dive but was not seen to crash. Continued fight with remaining two, one of which fired burst of 100 rounds or more piercing my pressure tank. I switched on to gravity and dived zigzag for clouds which were at 3500 to 3000 feet. Crossed lines near Bailleul at 8:45. (Sgd.) Rodney D. W1ll1ams. While on O.P. at 8:40-8:45 this date, coming back from the engagement near Lille our formation was heavily archied, and one of our machines was left about a mile and a half behind. Three E.A. appeared on his left just south of Armentieres. ...