over enemy terrain, I could down five Pups, without collecting a single bullet.
Here is the full claims report as copied from the Log.
4/;5/;1917 ;7h;50 ;Flanders ;Wasquehal ;
Balloon Busting ; Flying: Albatros DIII early. On this day claims: ;5 ;Sopwith Pup . ;
On our balloon busting mission, we encountered a flight of Sopwith Pup from RNAS-9
northeast of Ypres. They engaged flight 1, and I attacked them. I hit one craft with
about 100 rounds. It crashed at 08:11 h near Balloon base 678.
I destroyed the balloon and turned round to get out quick. But we saw a group of Pups
fighting German two-seaters. I would not let them alone and attacked them. I fought the
British ace Edmund 'Ed' Pierce; I shot him down and he crashed at 08:21 h, NE of Ypres.
Now I got engaged by British ace Harold F Stackard. In the following fight, I hit him fatally;
he crashed at 08:22 h NE of Ypres. Next I drove ace Fred Everest Banbury off the tail of
my wingman; he crashed at 08:23 h near balloon base 678, NE of Ypres.
Short of ammunition, I tried to return home, but found two more Pups ahead of me.
One of them was already damaged and descended. I engaged the other and shot all my last
rounds into the craft; it crashed at 08:26 h, NE of Ypres..
Witnessed by: Adam Barth, Paul Aue, Otto Hartmann, Max-Burkart Steiner, Edgar Nitzsche,
Julius Schlag, Theodor von Marchlewitz Status : Pending ;68
I had first forgotten the balloon, and when I tried to add it later, the option wasn't there.
But who cares - it was a wonderful flight !
Edited by Olham, 05 August 2009 - 04:01:18 PM.