|The German squadron takes to the skies|
|Lt Manove' gives chase|
|Nice maneuvering, Manove'!|
As Lt. Manove' lines up his initial attack on the two-seater, the two escorts dive to the strutter's rescue. With both German fighters higher and out of position, the Germans must act quickly before Manove' becomes the hunted rather than the hunter.
|The Baron tailing the enemy|
The Baron swings his triplane about and dives to get upon the enemy's tail. He succeeds in positioning himself on the tail of one of the pups and sends a burst into its tail. At long range, it is difficult to see where the bullets hit.
|Hard to tell friend from foe|
|The two-seater spins out!|
Following up in the second attack, Schneckeneichener pumps two long bursts into the pup. The pup's engine coughs and then stalls. She is smoking! Sputtering, the pup pulls away and begins to descend, the pilot frantically trying to restart the engine. It is no use. The pup glides to the ground as the second British escort breaks off. A kill for Schneckeneichener! Hooray!
Stoked with adrenalin, the young Schneckeneichener follows his adversary too close to the ground and clips a tree with his wing. His DV crashes not far from the spot where he brought down his adversary only moments before.
The Baron and Manove' return to base as Schneckeneichener is fetched from the field. The young pilot will have some explaining to do during the debrief, of course, after a suitable convalescing period to recover from his injuries.
For Lt. Manove's account of the action, please visit Graham's blog at Back up in the air.
Very fun! Thank you Richard for hosting another entertaining session.
Oh, and the purpose of the recon mission was to photograph the Fokker DR1 Triplane downed on the previous day's sortie.