24.04.1917: Bernard Awarded the Military Cross | Bernard reçoit la Military Cross | Bernard erhält den Orden Military Cross


April 24: 4.15 – 5.35
Went out with Heaven to knock out
another battery. Saw 4 Hun Scouts coming up
so cleared for action. Were attacked by all four
atfirst {sic}. Two then broke off, and we set to.
Spiralling, and dodging, to keep them off my
tail. Heaven fired hard in bursts. Tracers
could be seen entering their fuselages. The poor
old Quirk shivered every time they hit us.
After 3 or 4 minutes hard work the Huns
cleared off, and appeared to have had enough.

Flew back very carefully to ‘drome and
counted our damage. One flying wire cut.
both bottom longerons holed. Rudder
frame smashed. Controls cut through.
In all 54 hits. Very fine scrap. Machine
written off. -12th Scrap- 276’20”.

Heaven, and I awarded M.C’s.

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22.04.1917: Die Familie Falkenstein im Frühjahr 1917 | The Falkenstein Family in Spring 1917 | La famille Falkenstein au printemps 1917


Jablonna, 22.4.1917

Der Gefreite Falkenstein bittet
um Arbeitsurlaub zur Bestellung
der Frühjahrssaat. Mein 4 Bruder ist
auch vor 14 Tagen bei Garde Pionier eingezogen und
der Vater allein in der Landwirtschaft
und Müllerei.

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11.04.1917: Bernard Takes Aim | Bernard a un but | Bernard nimmt den Feind ins Visier


Quirk cottage


Dear old Dad.

Still smiling and well. Have you been getting
any P.Cs.? Am writing to tell you the latest yarn to
be passed round in your mess. It is quite a nice one.
“ ‘Phone message to brigade. Lorry blocked by a tank
on Cambrai road. Result satisfactory, a Ford.”
How’s that? G.O.C Flying Corps landed here a few
days ago, and congratulated us on our excellent work.
And expressed a wish that we would let you at home
know what we are doing. (By the way this mustn’t
be published now, because it would mean a count
martial for me!) So I am going to let you into
some of the work we do. You can tell people about it
as much as you like. In the first place there is no
reason to be alarmed at our casualties we are not…

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