Titre: Letter 2 April 1918 from Alan Arnett McLeod to his parents
Auteur: McLeod, Alan Arnett, 1899-1918
Source: Original in Canadian War Museum. Copy in the Archives of Manitoba, P5148, Alan Arnett McLeod
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to an aerodome near there, had some lunch and then found my
way over from there.
When we got to the lines we were the only one of our
machines around, and there were lots of Boches. We went quite
a piece over the lines and were just going to drop our bombs on
a Hun battery that was in action, when suddenly a bunch of Boches
came out of the clouds on us. There must have been eight of
them. I foolishly stayed to scrap with them. We jumped up
to about five or six thousand feet and fought for a while and
got three of them down in flames. Then they got us. By this
time I had a few bullets in me and they were beginning to hurt,
when our machine burst into flames. As soon as I saw this I
put the machine into a dive to try to get to the ground. We
stood out on the side of the machine as soon as we got near
enough and jumped for the ground. Our flying suits were
burned off us and our clothes partly burned, but we were hardly
burned at all ourselves. My observer, Hammond, was certainly
a hero. When we were coming down in flames - it looked like
certain death - and he was badly wounded, he still fired at
the Huns and brought one down too. That takes some nerve,
believe me.
The machine came down just near us. It had 8 bombs
and 1000 rounds of ammunition on it and was in flames, so that
was not a very safe place to stay. My observer was nearly
all in. We couldn't move, so I managed to drag him far enough
away from the machine so that when the bombs went off he wouldn't
get hurt. The machine gun bullets were going off all around
us from the heat of the machine, so it wasn't very pleasant.
Soon the bombs went off and blew the whole machine over us, but

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