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Bowden control and operating the cocking handle gave me a startling result.

June 25, 1918.

Our new flight commander is the American Ace of Aces - Lt. Putnam! How is that for luck? No wonder I feel elated over the fact that we've such a man, a man whose latest stunt was jumping [[strikethrough]] vie [[/strikethrough]] ^[[eight]] German planes, [[strikethrough]] [[?]] [[/strikethrough]] to lead us on our patrols. Captains Bridgman and Hill are leaders in the first two ^[[A & B]] flights of our squadron and all three are old Lafayette Escadrill men ^[[Lafayette or Flying Corps in Patron case]] and men who have seen service with the French.

Major ^[[Laurance L.]] Angstrom considers this sector to be an ideal one for his aviators to train on and we agree with him that it is. There are enough Huns in this "Northwest of Toul" line to make it interesting and yet no great Offensive is in play, eliminating the need at present for  better skilled [[strikethrough]] pilot [[/strikethrough]] pilot fighters
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