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9 June 1916. Thassos

09/06/2016
This is a contemporary sketch of the airfield at Prinos

This is a contemporary sketch of the airfield at Prinos

31 May

Engine overhauled by French. Still vibrating. Speed indicator broke. Landing quite good.

1 June

First flight over mainland. Dropped four bombs on what I thought were tents. Landing good but rather fast. Vibration not very bad, new speed indicator no use.

6 June

Went up Nestos river and dropped bombs on Okjilar. Practically no wind and no bumps. Landing good. I always overshoot the mark coming over the olive trees. Vib’n still rather bad.

Nestos is the river on the boundary between Kavala and Xanthi prefectures . Okjilar (also known as Okciljar – now Toxotes) had a railway bridge and tunnel and was frequently visited by Thasos airmen. Okjilar is about 22nm north of the airfield

This is a map showing the locations mentioned above. it's a largish file, so it's worth opening it in a separate window.

This is a map showing the locations mentioned above. it’s a largish file, so it’s worth opening it in a separate window.

8 June

Escorting H.F. and bombed Xanthi. My aim was not very accurate. Archie rather bad just over Xanthi. Tyre went flat in the air. No wind. Landed all right, but a shade fast.

Second flight on this day.

Escorting H.F. dropping incendiary petrol bombs on fields. Not much success. No wind. Landing good.

9 June

Escorting H.F. and dropping incendiary bombs. Several fires started. Landing not so good.

Two flights today also.

Hostile aircraft bombing HMS Raglan, but they did not let us know in time. Plug (Oleo Monosoupape) broke in air. Tried to bring machine down faster and flatten out later, but landing not over good.

HMS Raglan

HMS Raglan

Bunnie’s engine has clearly been giving trouble ever since the move to Thassos, and French experts or not, there doesn’t seem to be much improvement. You can hear the worry in his voice. I wouldn’t go over water even with a healthy le Rhone, and he’s  having to do it there and back every time.

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