Another great air duel took place this afternoon about 1600. Four Germans came over our lines and were met by four of ours. Capt. Steele who brought down the plane on the 8th succeeded in cutting one of the Germans off from his mates and fought him singlehanded. It reminded me of a hawk chasing a sparrow.
At the beginning of the duel, the planes were just specks in the sky, but our man was forcing the German down gradually. They were circling, diving, looping, banking and soaring overhead. The German trying to shake our fellow off, but Steele hung to his tail as if tied there and using his gun at every opportunity the German suddenly plunged down a couple of thousand feet, rolled on its side and crash! went one of its wings. Its fate was sealed.
It crashed to earth a mass of wreckage and the pilot was found about thirty yards further on, smashed to a pulp.
Our planes the Bristol fighter are far superior to any Hun machine. They are fitted with 200hp Rolls Royce engines and have a speed of about 200 miles an hour. The Hun machine like Steele’s other victim was an Albatros.
J. A. Graham
Jack Graham, ANZAC soldier, kept a diary from 1914-1918. Here it is, blogged 100 years later to the day....