29.04.1917: Bernard’s Welcome Guest | L’invité de Bernard | Bernards willkommener Gast

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The Dormitory
No. 8 BEF

29.4.17

Dear old Dad.

Summer like Spring is really come &
we are all flying just for the joy of it.
Eddy came over to dinner two nights ago on a
side-car, and gave me an awfully nice
surprise. He is a cheery bloke dear old thing.
He looks awfully well too, inspite of his late
attack of Hun malady. The following day
he came over on his own monster to lunch
and stopped with us until six o’clock when
he landed his biplane, and proceeded to stunt …

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

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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

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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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15.04.1917: Jean est-il heureux? | Is Jean Happy? | Ist Jean glücklich?

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Réflexions d’un jeune homme bien portant ayant une situation enviable et de l’argent dans sa poche et une maitresse charmante

Alors que j’étais dans ma famille et que je faisais mes études, j’ai eu de grands désirs, j’avais soif de liberté de grand air et d’aventures. Depuis quelques trois ans mes désirs sont pour la plupart des réal devenus des réalités. Je me suis gorgé de grand air j’ai eu des aventures de toutes sortes et j’ai joui de la plus belle liberté qu’il était de possible de rêver j’ai presque obtenu la célébrité mon nom a été dans les journaux et des portraits de moi de toutes sortes ont paru. Je puis aller n’importe où : je suis comme fêté et choyé dans les milieux les plus divers.

Jusqu’à présent la vie m’a apporté tout ce que je pouvais désirer.
Je me pose maintenant la question.
Suis-je heureux ?

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

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Quirk cottage
BEF

11.4.17

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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