Another from the Secret Squadron

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Another from the Secret Squadron

Postby agricola » 16 Nov 2015, 16:03

I've already quoted a chapter-heading poem from Laurence La Tourette Driggs's The Secret Squadron. As I now discover this forum has a section dedicated to poetry, here's another - my favourite, as it happens.

Got over Chamblay and cocked my gun,
An Archy said WOOF and I started to run,
Crossed the lines at half-past two,
And the Fokkers turned back as they usually do.

Travelled north again with my heart in my mouth,
Met the same ol' Fokkers and couldn't get south;
I took one look an' my spirit broke -
Here coma a lot-a bullets all a-trailin' blue smoke.

I looked at the ground and caught my breath,
I was right over Thia-court, City of Death.
I kept on a-comin' as hard as I could fly,
A-peelin' my eyes for a cloud in the sky.

Dun-sur-Meuse loomed up in the way,
I said, By Golly, I'm done for today.
But I got to my field an' side-slipped in,
The boys all laughed and said: "Where you bin?"

Now hasn't that got an authentic 'Yanks in France in 1918' ring to it?

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Re: Another from the Secret Squadron

Postby kylie_koyote » 16 Nov 2015, 16:17

I like that.
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
"That's better."
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Re: Another from the Secret Squadron

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 17 Nov 2015, 01:21

Great poem again John, thanks for sharing! Have you read The Unknown Airman? A great read, which again gives the American perspective of aerial war in 1918. I have a couple of other books squirreled away somewhere about Lafayette Escadrille, I must dig them out again & have a look. The 1958 movie [very Hollywood & unconvincing imho], starring Tab Hunter, David Janssen & a very young Clint Eastwood, simply cannot do the era & written material justice, although director William Wellman, himself a WW1 aviator, did put in some great flying sequences.
They've been working together for so long that each seems to know by a sort of telepathy when another is in trouble. One never seems to get them together. Get one & the others come after him. To give the devil his due they make a formidable team.
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