The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on May 29, 1918 · Page 7
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May 29, 1918

The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

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I a^kcd the commanding officer, a major, T\hat tho ren'on for that was and he replied that he thought I had done enough for one diy However I knew tint if I did not go someone else from another "tlJghi \vonld have to take inv place, and I insisted upon going up xrlth my patrol as usual, and the major relDctantlv cc isented Had he known what was In «t ore for me, I am sure he wonldn t have changed his ralnd so readily -As It was we had only fire machines for this patrol anyway 1 ecause as we crossed the lines one of them had to j drop out on account of uotor trouble Our patrol was up at 8 p m and up to within ten minutes of that hour It had been entirely uneventful At 7 50 p m., however while we were flying at a height cf IS 000 feet, we observed three other English ma chines which were fbout 3000 feet below us pick a fight with nine Hun machines I knew right then, that we were in for It because I could se* 1 over toward th« ocean a whole flock of Hun ma chines which evidently had escaped the attention of oar scnppy countrymen below us So we dove down on those nine Huns At first the fight was fairly even. There were eight of us to nine of them Bnt soon the other mactJnes which I had seen in the distance and chich were flying even higher than we were, arrived on the scene and when they, In turn, dove down on tis there was Just twenty of them to our eight f FOOT of them singled tre out I was diving and they dived right down after me shooting as they raiae Their tracer bullets were coming closer to me every moment. These tracer bul lets are balls of fire* which enable the shooter to follow the coarse his bul lets are taking and to correct his aim accordingly They do no more harm to pilot If he is hit than an ordinary tranet but it they hit tlw petrol tank/ good night! TThen a machine catches fire in flight there is DO way of put ting It out. It takes less than a minute for the fabric to burn off the wings and then the machine drops like an arrow leaving a trail of smoke like a comet. As their tracer ballets came closer and closer to me I realized that my chances of escape were nil Their very neat shot, I felt, must hit me Once, some days be-fore- when I was flying over the line, I bad watched a fight above me A Gerrian machine was set on fire and dived down through our formation In flames on Its way to the ground. The Uun was div Ing at such a sharp anple that both his wings came oft and as be passed within a few hundred fee* of me I saw the look of horror on his face Now, wnen I erp^cted any moment to suffer a similar fate I could not heip thinking of that pocr Huas last look of agony I realized that ray only chance lay in making- an Immelman turn This maneuver was invented bv a German-one of the greatest flho ever flew and who was killed in action ^ome time before This turn, which I made success fully brought one of thur machines right In front of me, and as he sailed along barely ten yards away, I 'had the drop" on him and he -cnew It. His white face and sfc rtled eyes I can still see He knew beyond ques Uon that his last moment had come because his position prevented his tak Ing aim at me while mv gun pointed straight at him My first tracer bullet passed within a yard of Ixls head the second looked as If It hit his shoulder the third s rncfc him In the neck and i then I let him have the T\hole works and he went down in a spinning nose dhe Ail this thne the throe othe" Hun machines were shooting nvra\ at IDL I could heir the ballets stril Ing mv machine ooe after another T hadn t the slightest Idea that I could over beat off those three Buns but there wis nothing for me to do but fight, ind j my hand=* were foil In fighting \our machine Is drop j ping dropping all the tiiae i glanced i at rr instruments and my altitude ' vtttf between 8 000 and 9 000 feet While I was still look ns at the in stmruents the whole blamed work* disappeared A burst of bullets went into the instrument bourd and blew It to smithereens, another bullet went through my upper Up came ont of the roof of mr mouth and lodged in mv throat end the nert thing I knew wn 5 ^hen I came to in a German hospital the following morning at flve o clock German time I was a prisoner of war lachine O'Brien Wai Driving When He Was Overcame and Captured by the Huns- CHAPTER IV Clipped Wings The hospital In wlilch I found 013 self on the morning after my capture was a private hou«e made of brick very low and dirty and not at all adapted for use as a hospital It hud evidently been used but a fev, days on account of the big push that was tal Ing place at that time of the year and In all probability would be abandoned as soon, as they had found a better place. In all, the house contained four rooms and a stable which was by far 7 jA.lIiY COL RII.B CQ\N3L.IbVnLL,E PA. "·^swc-r 1 i'Alr.H. PAT OBRIEN Pat O'B-ien and Paul Raney the largest of alL Although I neve- looked Into tils *wing of tbe hospital I was told that it too wo£ filled ulth pitients lying on beds of straw around on the ground I do not know whether they too were officers or privates The room in which I found mvs'K contained eight beds three of which \ ere occupied by woant e J German of ficers. The other rooms I imagined had abou* tbe same number of beds as mine. There were no Bed Crcvss nur-es In attendance just orderlies for this was only an emergency hospital on 1 too near tbe firing line for nurseh The orderlies were not old men nor icrv yoong boys as I had expected to fitnl but young men In the prlim of life who evideotlj had been medical stu dents One or two of them I discov ered were able to talk English but for some reason they would not talk Perhnps they were forbidden by the officer in charge to do so In addition to the bUIet wound in my mouth I had a swell ag from mv fo-ehead to the back oC ray hetd al most as big as MY shoe--and that 1*1 saying considerable I couldn t move an inch without suffering intense "mm and when the doctor to'd mt thit I had no bones broken 1 wondered how a fellow would feel who hod German ofhcprs v isitecl rm that morning and told me that my machine ·went down. in. a spinning nose dl\ from a height of between 8000 and 9 000 feet and they !md the surprise of their lives when thej disco\ erod that I had not been dashtd to pieces They had to cut me out of my machine which was riddled with sh }ts and ahat tered to bits A German doctor removed the bul'et I , it? vs ' Ol * *he Porch of Your Own Home Foi tlie Entire Family -- that b exactly v . l a t a -nell 1111 i shed yoirh means Lei ub fix up ' v o i n porch H \ull cobl - v e i \ little to ha\e us do it in elegant stile a K j vou nuiv p aj O!1 T.gp, eas% tsimb ananged to suit joui comen- once See oui Porch Sets consisting of. 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