Item 08: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 January-28 April 1917 - Page 111

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with steep banks & only crossable at certain places, we came to the edge of a small village & found a patch of Echalots & in a mud building alongside two men apparently the owners; About this time machine guns began to rattle, & looking up we found quite close to us & only a few hundred feet in the air, two of our BE2C planes & a new enemy plane above them, our planes exchanged shots but were driven down, one landing at the 2nd L.H.Outpost, the other returning to its hangar; The Bosche had an easy win against odds; Our BE2C planes are too slow for fighting machines & are used for bomb droppings; The new German planes

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