18.10.1915: Bernard Becomes an Observer | Bernard wird Beobachter | Bernard devient observateur

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[P. 1]
18th:10:15

Dear Father

For the last four days we haven’t been able to fly atall {sic}
on account of the foggy state of the weather so you can imagine
how anxiously we scan the prospects each morning!  By the way
I have qualified for my wing, my flying badge {original censored, written in later: “arse-hole”; with sketch} sothat {sic}
now I am a full blown observer supposed to be competant {sic} to
fight Huns, shoot batteries, and the rest!!  There was a
statement appeared in the papers made by the Huns to the effect
that our gas attack extended over a front of 23 miles?  It was
corrected by the “Daily Mail” of 16th and rightly so too.  I was
over the attack whole time {sic}, & it was only quite local on a front
of 5 miles at the most.

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16.10.1915: Jean – Du peu d’organisation des escadrilles | Jean – A Squadron’s Lack of Organisation | Jean – Über fehlende Organisation in der Staffel

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16 Octobre 1916 Escadrille C 28
S, P ; 133

Mon cher Papa

J’ai découvert au bureau une machine à écrire et je suis ravi de ne plus être obligé de mettre la main à la plume. Nous sommes ici en plein bled à plusieurs kilomètres de toute habitation. L’escadrille est en plein champs et nous logeons à côté sous la tente, le parc nous a fourni de vagues lits démontables mais je préfère coucher sur la paille je ne m’en trouve d’ailleurs pas plus mal. Vous avez peut-être reçu la visite de Lallemant, à son passage à Paris ; car il nous a quitté ayant été rappelé par l’aviation Maritime.

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01.10.1915: Bernard on Loos | Bernard bei Loos | Bernard à Loos

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[P. 1]
1st October ‘15

Dear Father

Very, very many happy returns of your birthday.
May it keep fine for you! (R.F.C. Blessing)  I expect this
will just about arrive in time for the day. I haven’t
been able to find you any suitable offering yet.  There is
however one small thing which will possibly please you
and that is that my name has appeared with Medlicott’s
in the Flying Corp’s communiquè {sic}, or orders, circulated amongst
all the wings out here, in connection with our Hun strafing
episode the other day.  The O.C. here seemed quite bucked
about it.  Ofcourse {sic} it was only my third flight, & was
awful rot really, the damned gun jamming as it did.
I fancy Medlicott will get a D.S.O, also his observer a man
named Gilbert, for attacking two, (as we did the other day),
only the difference was they forced both to descend, and
we only scared our lot away with an empty automatic,
a jammed machine gun, & high speed flying.  Don’t
blast this about by the way, bow-wow {?}.  Many thanks

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