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#441 Danelov

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:17

Mar 4, 1918
 
Eastern Front
Russia: Germans claim 63,000 PoWs, 2600 guns, 5000 MGs and 500 planes since February 18. Supreme Military Soviet formed at Petrograd.
Finland: Order of the Cross of Liberty instituted at Mannerheim’s suggestion.
Air War
Britain: D.H.10("Amiens")heavy bomber first missions. 8,403 women employed in RFC.
Italy: Austrians bomb Venice for 8 hours(300 bombs)but lose 13 aircraft, also attack Padua, Mestre and Treviso(early March). German Jastas 1, 31 and 39 return to Western Front(for Ludendorff Offensive).
Sea War
Atlantic: Mysterious disappearance of ocean-going collier USS Cyclops en route Barbados-Baltimore with 10,800t Brazilian manganese(309 dead).
 
By the Germans
 
Ltn Ludwig Hanstein appointed as CO of Jasta 35.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
Edward Rickenbacker join 94th Aero Sqn. 

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#442 Danelov

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:18

Mar 5, 1918
 
Western Front
Germany: Germans introduce new ultrasecure 5-letter field cipher for Ludendorff Offensive, but French(Painvin)first solve c. April 4, break it on April 26; by May 29 only two-day delay in reading it.
Flanders: Belgian counter­attack north of Pervyse.
Eastern Front
Rumanian-Central Powers Prelim Peace(signed at Buftea on May 7): Dobruja ceded; Hungarian frontier to be "rectified"; 8 divisions to demobilize at once; Rumania to help Central Powers’ march on to Odessa and grant German trade privileges.
Finland: Mannerheim cables Ludendorff, thanks Kaiser for weapons and insists on Finn command of German troops and non­interference(Hindenburg agrees on March 10).
Northern Russia: 130 Royal Marines land at Murmansk(French cruiser Amiral Aube arrives at Royal Navy request on March 19).
Latvia: Falkenhayn(from Palestine)takes command of German Tenth Army for duration of war.
 
By the Germans
 
1th victory(and last)of Adolf Schreder(Jasta 17 Albatros D.V). At 15.00 one 24th Sqn S.E.5a(B145), SE of Vendhuille.
6th victory of Franz Schleiff(CO Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): At 16.55 one R.E.8(A4748), S of Havrincourt Wood.
3th victory of Franz Piechulek(Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): One D.H.4 or A.W.F.K.8, SE of Havincourt.
Kurt Jentsch(Jasta 61 Pfalz D.IIIa)shot down by AAA over Soissons. Jentsch made a forced landing, was rescued and return to service.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
7th victory of Henri Péronneau(Spa81 Spad XIII): At 10.40 one two-seater over Nogent l’Abbesse. Shared with S/Lt Andre Herbelin.
10th victory of Andre Herbelin(Spa81 Spad XIII): One two-seater over Charellois.
2th and 3th victories of Lionel de Marmier(Spa112 Spad XIII): Two DFW over Munster-Colmar. Shared with Sgt Fernand Chavannes.
2th and 3th victories of Fernand Chavannes(Spa112 Spad XIII): Two DFW over Munster-Colmar. Shared with Lionel de Marmier.
 
By the RFC
 
10th and 11th victories(and last)of Sydney Oades(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1168): At 15.35 one type C over Lens and at 15.45 one type D over the same area. Observer was 2th Lt Stanton Bunting.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
1th victory of Eustace Headlam(No.1 Sqn Bristol F.2b A7198): At 10.00 one Albatros D.III, SE of Jiljulieh. Observer was Lt E.B.S.Beaton.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
First Nieuport 28 delivered to the 95th Aero Sqn. Over the next few days, additional Nieuport 28s were received from Orly Field, near Paris. However the aircraft were received without any machine guns.

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#443 Danelov

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:18

Mar 6, 1918
 
Eastern Front
Russia: 7th Bolshevik Congress renames Party Communist, majority vote for peace on March 8.
Finland: Peace Treaty signed with Germany at Berlin.
Middle East
Arabia: Turks(including 703rd German battalion)retake Tafila from Zeid and drive him on to Shobek on March 7, but Arabs re-occupy Taftla on March 20.
Air War
Western Front: RFC night bombing of railways, airfields and ammo dump on 7 nights until March 20.
Sea War
Britain: War Cabinet gives 1917 Allied and neutral shipping losses, a 2,632,297t deficit.
 
By the Germans
 
2th victory of Georg Weiner(Kest 3): One Spad over Eschen.
8th and 9th victories of Josef Mai(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): By 11.10 one D.H.4(B2094)NW of Fresnoy le Grand and a second(A7908)over St.Benin.
4th victory of Erik Thomas(Jasta 9 Albatros D.Va): At 09.00 one balloon over Somme-Suippe.
6th victory of Hermann Becker(Jasta 12 Fokker D.R.I): One S.E.5a. 
8th victory of Hans Martin Pippart(Jasta 13 Fokker D.R.I): At 10.40 one S.E.5a over Fort Mayot.
1th victory of Rudolf Rienau(Jasta 19 Fokker D.R.I): One S.E.5a over St.Quentin.
9th victory of Hans Weiss(Jasta 41 Albatros D.Va): At 13.15 one Nieuport over Fullern.
6th victory of Albert Dietlen(Jasta 41 Albatros D.Va): At 13.15 one Nieuport over Dammerkirch.
1th victory of Gunther Dobberke(Jasta 45 Albatros D.Va): At 11.40 one Spad or AR2 over Fort Marre.
1th victory of Konrad Brendle(Jasta 45 Albatros D.Va): At 11.35 one Paul Schmitt or AR2 over Fort Marre.
6th victory(and last)of Kurt Küppers(Jasta 48 Albatros D.Va): At 14.1 one A.W.F.K.8(B5838), SW of Itancourt.
Walter Conderet(Jasta 52 Pfalz D.IIIa 4236/17)shot down and killed in combat NW of Lens by Capt R. J.Tipton from No.40 Sqn. 
Hellmuth Contag(CO Jasta 65)KIA.
Ltn Arno Benzler appointed as CO of Jasta 65.  
10th and 11th victories of Walter Böning(Jasta 76 Fokker D.R.I): At 13.40-13.42  two Spad VII over Rodern.
26th victory of Adolf Ritter von Tutschek(CO JG 2 Fokker D.R.I): At 14.45 one S.E.5a(C1057). 
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
9th victory of Gustave Douchy(Spa38 Spad XIII): One two-seater over Main de Massiges.
9th victory of Hector Garaud(Spa38 Spad XIII): One EA over Main de Massiges.
 
By the RNAS
 
12th victory of Stanley Rosevear(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6428): At 13.15 one Fokker D.R.I over Bouchoir.
7th victory of Anthony Spence(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B7267): At 13.20 one Fokker D.R.I over Bouchoir.
14th victory of William Alexander(RNAS 10N Sopwith Camel B7215): At 08.30 one Albatros D.V , SE of Dixmude.
 
By the RFC
 
2th victory of Frederick McCall(13th Sqn R.E.8 B6365): At 11.15 one Albatros D.V over Monchy le Preux. 
1th victory of Albert Waller(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7798): At 11.25 one Albatros D.V over Carvin. Observer was Sgt M.B.Kilroy.
3th and 4th victories of Ernest Elton(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1162): By 14.00-14.10 two Albatros D.V over Douai, SE of Douai. Observer was 2th Lt George Hayward.
1th victory of George Bulmer(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4810): At 11.15 one Pfalz D.III, E of La Bassée. Observer was 2th Lt S.J.Hunter.
1th victory of Hiram Davison(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1152): At 14.00 one Albatros D.V over Douai. Observer was 2th Lt Josiah Morgan.
15th victory of George McElroy(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1751): At 07.05 one Albatros D.V, NE of Bullecourt.
9th victory of Andrew Cowper(24th Sqn S.E.5a B664): At 10.15 one Albatros D.V over St. Quentin. Shared with Alfred Brown.
6th victory of Peter MacDougall(24th Sqn S.E.5a B146): At 16.35 one Albatros D.V, E of St. Quentin.
4th victory of Reuben Hammersley(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8257): At 16.35 one DFW C, E of St. Quentin.
4th victory of Herbert Richardson(24th Sqn S.E.5a B124): At 10.55 one Fokker D.R.I over Fontaine-Croin.
3th victory of Alfred Brown(24th Sqn S.E.5a C9494): At 10.15 one Albatros D.V over St. Quentin.
2th victory of James Dawe(24th Sqn S.E.5a B85): At 13.40 one Fokker D.R.I over La Fère.
6th victory of John Tudhope(40th Sqn S.E.5a B589): At 12.00 one Albatros D.V, E of Lorgies.
4th and 5th victories of William Harrison(40th Sqn S.E.5a C1071): At 12.00 one Albatros D.V, NE of La Bassée and at 16.25 a second, NW of Lens.
7th victory of George Thomson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9197): At 13.45 one Hannover C, E of Douai.
1th victory of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9153): At 13.45 one Hannover C, E of Douai.
1th victory of Robert Little(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1265): At 09.50 one Pfalz D.III over La Fère-Hanegicourt. Observer was Lt L.N.Jones.
6th victory of Kenneth Leask(84th Sqn S.E.5a B637): At 09.40 one Albatros D.V over Renansart.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
94th Aero Sqn flew his first combat patrol with Raoul Lufbery, Edward Rickenbacker and Douglas Campbell in unarmed Nieuport 28s.

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#444 Danelov

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:19

Mar 7, 1918
 
Eastern Front
Germany: Hindenburg persuades Kaiser invading Finland "healthy pressure" on Reds. Hoffman diary "Our Bolshevik friends are now beginning to destroy the railways".
Home Fronts
Britain: Commons votes record £600 million war credit. Estimated daily cost per day £6.75 million.
USA: Wilson authorizes bronze Army medal DSM.
Air War
Britain: 3 of 6 "Giant" bombers sent attack London(63 casualties, 25 houses destroyed, night March 7-8)in moonless conditions; second 2,204lb bomb employed. 42 defence sorties killed 2 pilots in collision, no sightings.
Occupied Belgium: Scheldewindeke Giant bomber base opens south of Ghent, probably first airfield with paved runways.
 
By the Germans
 
Jasta 31(Albatros D.V)coming from Italy, back in operations at the Western front.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
2th victory of Frank Baylies(Spa3 Spad XIII): One scout, NE of Courtecon.
S/Lt Martin Trepp(Spa12 Spad XIII S2285)hit in combat mission. POW.
 
By the RFC
 
9th victory of James Fitz Morris(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6846): At 08.10 one Rumpler C over Urvillers.
2th victory of Alan Jerrard(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5648): At 10.15 one balloon over Chiarano(Italian front).
 
Italian front
 
Obltn Alexander Tahy(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.69, 8 victories)killed when his aircraft went into an unexplained spin over Mansue and crashed.

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#445 xvii-Dietrich

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:28

 

Mar 6, 1918

Finland: Peace Treaty signed with Germany at Berlin.

 

Also: 06-Mar-1918... the Finnish Airforce (Ilmavoimat) is founded. Ref: http://ilmavoimat.fi...tista-historiaa


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 17:07

Thank you for taking the time to post these.


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#447 Danelov

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 15:51

Mar 8, 1918
 
Eastern Front
USSR: Trotsky appointed People’s Commissar for War.
Baltic: Duchy of Courland’s throne offered to Kaiser; Germans declare protectorate on March 15.
Sea War
Irish Sea: German U-boot mine found off Walney Island(Lancashire). Mersey-laid mines found on March 9 and cleared by paddle-steamers in 48 hours.
Air War
France: 60 Gotha bombers(1 lost)drop 92 bombs on Paris(59 casualties).
Mesopotamia: RFC bombs and strafes Turks retreating from Hit(until March 10), 225 bombs dropped.
 
By the Germans
 
4th victory of Alois Heldmann(Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 12.20 one Bréguet 14 from Escadrille BR.107 over Fresnoy le Grand.
Ltn Wilhelm Becker(Jasta 17 Albatros D.V)crashed with Albatros D.V 2231/17. Becker was slightly injured.
3th victory of Otto Fitzner(Jasta 17 Albatros D.V.): At 12.15 one Bréguet 14 over Tilloy. 
1th victory of Andreas Triebswetter(Jasta 16 Pfalz D.III): One balloon.
8th victory(and last)of Willi Kampe(Jasta 27 Fokker D.R.I): At 12.08 one Sopwith Dolphin, NW of Gheluvelt. Kampe was KIA the same day.
7th victory of Hans von Häbler(Jasta 36 Fokker D.R.I): At 14.30 one Sopwith Camel over Roulers-Menin. 
Jasta 60 score its first victory.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
10th victory of Hector Garaud(Spa38 Spad XIII): One two-seater over Saint-Martin-l’Heureux.
Spa77 deployed at Fère-en-Tardenois airfield.
10th victory of Omer Demeuldre(N.84 Spad VII): One Rumpler C over Foret de Coucy.
 
By the RNAS
 
5th victory of Maxwell Findlay(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6419): At 14.00 one Albatros D.V over Roulers.
4th victory of Aubrey Ellwood(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7229): At 12.00 one type C over Tortequesne. Shared with K.MacLeod and C.Devereaux.  
 
By the RFC
 
12th victory(and last)of Oliver Bryson(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3837): At 11.10 one Albatros D.V near Gheluvelt. 
5th victory of Ernest Elton(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1162): At 12.45 one Albatros D.V, SE of Lille. Observer was Sgt S.Belding.
2th, 3th and 4th victories of Hiram Davison(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1152): By 12.45 two Albatros D.V over Lille-Douai and at 13.10 a third over Douai. Observer was 2th Lt Josiah Morgan.
16th and 17th victories of George McElroy(24th Sqn S.E.5a B891): At 07.55 one DFW C, E of St.Quentin and at 14.55 one Fokker D.R.I, SE of la Fère.
10th victory of Andrew Cowper(24th Sqn S.E.5a B664): At 08.00 one Rumpler C over Bellenglise.
2th victory of Horace Barton(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1751): At 15.00 one Fokker D.R.I, SE of La Fere.
6th victory of Henry Woollett(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7356): At 12.15 one Albatros D.V, NE of La Bassée.
8th victory of George Thomson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1627): At 12.15 one type C near Ecourt St. Quentin.
8th, 9th and 10th victories(and last)of Robert Dodds(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4606): Two Pfalz D.III over La Fère and at 16.00 one type C over Bellecourt-Quesnoy. Observer was Lt Wushart-Orr.
5th and 6th victories(and last)of Norman Millman(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1190): At 10.40 one Albatros D.V over Bohain and at 15.55 a second over the same sector. Observer was Lt Arthur Cooper.
4th, 5th and 6th victories of Herbert Hartley(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7114): By 10.50 two Albatros D.V over Busigny and at 16.00 a third, S of Bohain. Observer was Lt John Robertson.
4th and 5th victories of Leonard Payne(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7298): By 08.00 two Albatros D.V over Mont d’Origny. Observer was 2th Lt G.H.H.Scutt.
2th victory of Charles Napier(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b): By 06.00 one DFW C over St.Quentin. Observer was 2th Lt J.M.Moore.
1th victory of John Elmer Drummond(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1265): At 11.00 one Albatros D.III, NE of Laon. Observer was 2th Lt N.Sillars.
5th and 6th victories of Maurice Mealing(56th Sqn S.E.5a B595): At 10.50 one type C over Villers Outreaux and at 11.25 one type C over Hamblieres.   
4th victory James Slater(64th Sqn S.E.5a): At 10.40 one Pfalz D.III over Cambrai.
2th victory of Edmund Tempest(64th Sqn S.E.5a): At 12.30 one Albatros D.V over Graincourt. 
1th victory of Thomas Rose(64th Sqn S.E.5a): At 12.30 one Albatros D.V over Graincourt.
19th victory of Frank Granger Quigley(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7475): At 13.05 one Albatros D.V over Roulers.
10th victory of George Howsam(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8204): At 13.15 one Albatros D.V over Roulers.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
3th and 4th victories of Richard Howard(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a D212): At 11.00 one type C over Henin-Lietard, shared with Lt A.L.Paxton and at 11.20 one Albatros D.V over Brebieres.
 
By the Italian front
 
15th victory of Franz Gräser(Flik 61J Albatros D.III 153.106): One balloon over Cenesa Canal.

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#448 Danelov

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 15:51

Mar 9, 1918
 
Air War
Western Front: RFC claim 64 kills since November 10, 1917 for only 12 losses.
D.H.9 operational debut; controversial D.H.4 replacement aircraft of RNAS 6N attack St Pierre Capelle. 53 RFC aircraft attack 3 German airfields west of Le Gateau, hits on all three(repeated on Busigny on March 17 and 18). Ludendorffs Michael offensive, air units fly in(until March 12).
Germany: British raid to Mainz.
Italy: Germany Navy airship L59(Bockholt)attacks Naples naval base and steel plant(50 casualties); raid attributed to Austrians(their seaplanes do raid on March 11). 
Western Front
German gas bombardment for Somme offensive(Ypres-St Quentin): 500,000 rounds mustard gas and phosgene, of which 1,000t directed at British, esp. Flesquieres salient opposite Cambrai, and French positions. 7,223 soldiers gassed (87 deaths) until March 19.
Eastern Front
Russo-Rumanian Peace Treaty. Berthelot’s French Military Mission leaves Rumania(3 trains to Murmansk).
Finland: 15,000 Red Guards attack and fail against 7,350 Whites in central region(until March 14). Red C-in-C sacked on March 15.
Middle East
Mesopotamia:Euphrates: Brooking’s 15th Indian Division occupies Hit(valuable bitumen fields), Turks retreat 22 miles to Khan Baghdadi.
Palestine: Actions of Tell ‘Asur or Battle of Termus Aya: Chetwode’s XX Corps(21,500 soldiers with 325 guns)crosses Wadi Auja, captures Tell ‘Asur(2,958ft) despite five Turk counter­attacks(8,800 soldiers with c.150 guns), advancing 2-5 miles on 13-mile front until March 12 for 1,313 casualties, only 169 Turk PoWs.
Politics
Last peace feelers till September: Smuts meets Austrian diplomat Skrzynski in Switzerland(until March 14)and Lloyd George’s Private Secretary Kerr also has meeting on March 15. Czernin cables Vienna on March 19 that Franco-Italian annexation demands destroy any continued talks.
 
By the Germans
 
1th victory of Heinrich Wessels(MFJ I Albatros D.Va): At 15.10 one Airco D.H.4 or D.H.9 over Nieuport. 
19th victory of Paul Bäumer(Jasta 2 Fokker D.R.I 204/17): At 11.10 one Sopwith Camel, N of Zonnebeke.
1th victory of Robert Hildebrand(Jasta 13 Fokker D.R.I): One Spad VII(3144), SW of Laon.
9th ands 10th victories of Karl Odebrett(CO Jasta 42 Albatros D.Va): At 14.00 one Sopwith 1½ Strutter over Ambly and at 15.20 one Spad over Apremont.
9th and 10th victories of Paul Billik(CO Jasta 52 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 16.30 one Sopwith Camel(N6330)over Dixmude and at 17.10 one No.40 Sqn S.E.5a over Noyelle. Pilot Maj L.A.Tilney was killed.
Ltn R.Nissen(Jasta 52 Pfalz D.IIIa)shot down and killed in combat with S.E.5a from 40th Sqn.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
24th and 25th victories of Georges Madon(Spa38 Spad XIII): One two-seater of FlAbt 270 over Pont-Faverger and one Pfalz D.III of Jasta 52 over Pomacle.
1th victory of André Bosson(Spa62 Spad VII): One EA near Clary-Thierret, near Crépy-en-Laonnais.
3th victory of Laurent Ruamps(Spa87 Spad VII): At 16.30 one two-seater over Foret de Petit Mont. Shared with Mdl Wellmann.
 
By the RNAS
 
10th victory of James Glen(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7185): At 11.20 one DFW C over Henin-Lietard. Shared with Capt R.Little and Lt A.Ellwood.
3th victory of William Chisam(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel): At 11.20 one DFW C over Henin-Lietard. Shared with James Glen.
1th victory of William James Middleton(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 N6095): At 10.45 one Albatros D.V over Mont d’Origny. Pilot was Lt G.E.Siedle. 
1th victory of Walter Scott(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 N6001): At 10.45 one Albatros D.V over Mont d’Origny. Pilot was FLt T.Watkins.
 
By the RFC
 
5th victory of Herbert Hamilton(1th Sqn S.E.5a B32): At 14.35 one balloon over Lomme. Shared victory.
1th victory of John Bateman(1th Sqn S.E.5a A8930): At 14.35 one balloon over Lomme. Shared victory.
6th victory of Douglas Cooke(20th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4605): At 08.00 one Albatros D.V, S of Comines. Observer was 2th Lt James Scaramanga.
10th victory of James Fitz Morris(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6846): At 09.15 one Rumpler C, S of Masnieres. Shared with John MacRae and Lt. G.W,Pidsley.
3th victory of John MacRae(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6847): At 09.15 one type C, S of Masnieres. Shared with Capt James Fitz Morris and Lt G.W.Pidsley.
1th victory of G.Pidsley(23th Sqn Spad XIII B3479): One two-seater. Shared with J.F.Morris and J.F.Macrae.
18th victory of George McElroy(24th Sqn S.E.5a B891): At 09.30 one Albatros D.V, NE of La Fère.
7th victory of John Tudhope(40th Sqn S.E.5a B589). At 12.15 one Albatros D.V over Pont a Vendin.
6th victory of William Harrison(40th Sqn S.E.5a C1071): At 12.15 one Albatros D.V over Esquerchin.
1th victory of George Lingham(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5631): At 10.15 one DFW C, NE of Pot a Vendin.
9th victory of Harold Hamersley(60th Sqn S.E.5a B4887): At 11.35 one Pfalz D.III over Dadizeele.
5th victory of William Duncan(60th Sqn S.E.5a C9536): At 11.45 one Albatros D.V over Gheluwe.
1th victory of John Griffith(60th Sqn S.E.5a C5385): At 11.10 one Albatros D.V, N of Menin. 
20th, 21th, 22th and 23th victories of Frank Granger Quigley(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7475): At 09.30 one Albatros D.V over Menin, at 09.45 a second over the same area, and by 13.10 two more over Quesnoy. 
11th and 12th victories of George Howsam(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8204): At 09.30 one Albatros D.V over Menin-Roulers and at 09.40 a second over Menin.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
5th and 6th victories of Richard Howard(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a D212): By 09.35-09.45 two Albatros D.V, NE of La Bassée.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
Capt James E.Miller(CO 95th Aero Sqn)shot down and KIA near Reims. Capt Miller accepted the invitation of Major Davenport Johnson to join him and Major Harmon for a short patrol over the lines in three SPAD S.VII C.1 fighters borrowed from a French squadron and was the first US Aviatior killed in action in WWI.  

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#449 Danelov

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 15:53

Mar 10, 1918
 
Western Front
Britain: BEF GHQ Weekly Intelligence Summary: ‘… the imminence of the German offensive in the Arras-St Quentin area has been confirmed …’.
Germany: Hindenburg orders Operation Michael. Germans begin diversionary operations and feints in various sectors including Champagne and Verdun.
Sea War
Adriatic: Emperor Charles makes 49-year-old Captain Horthy Rear-Admiral and Austrian C-in-C, 4 cruisers and 2 old battleships soon taken out of service to redeploy crews.
Italy: Younger Vice-Admiral Cusani(ex-CNS)appt Italian Fleet commander.
Bristol Channel: Hospital ship Guilford Castle torpedoed in by U-boot but makes port.
Air War
Germany: 11 D.H.4(1 lost, crew taken PoW)of No 55 Squadron attack Stuttgart Daimler motor works; formation attacked after bombing(1 fighter driven down). Same sequel after 9 D.H.4 hit Koblenz barracks(70 casualties on March 12).
Home Fronts
France: Bombing causes mainly orderly 200,000-strong rail exodus from Paris(until April 6).
USA: Film The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin opens.
 
By the Germans
 
27th victory(and last)of Kurt Wüsthoff(Jasta 4 Albatros D.V): At 16.40 one Sopwith Camel over La Bassée-Bethune.
3th victory of Franz Hemer(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 14.30 one Sopwith Camel(C6719)over Montbrehain.
Hans Buddecke(Jasta 18 Fokker D.R.I)killed in combat over Lens with Sopwith Camels of RNAS 3N.
20th victory(and last)of Hans Bethge(CO Jasta 30 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 12.10 one No.18 Sqn Airco D.H.4 over Allennes.
Jasta 53(Albatros D.Va)fly its first combat missions.
27th victory(and last)of Adolf Ritter von Tutschek(CO JG 2 Fokker D.R.I 404/17): At 17.45 one Spad XIII from Spa86. 
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
Cne François Coli(CO Spa62 Spad VII)engine failure and landing accident. Wounded and 40 days out of operations. Back as CO, Apr 24, 1918.
N.84(Spad VII)renamed Spa84.
Ltt Brantonne(Spa153 Spad XIII S2284)engaged in combat at 4500m by three Albatros D.V. Hit several times, he succeded a forced landing with his flamming Spad.  
 
By the RNAS
 
15th victory of Samuel Kinkead(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6398): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V, NW of Menin.
13th victory of Stanley Rosevear(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6428): At 15.30 one type C over Menin.
6th victory of Maxwell Findlay(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6419): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V, NW of Menin.
10th victory of Arthur Whealy(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7220): At 13.15 one Albatros D.V, 2 mi E of Lens.
5th victory of Aubrey Ellwood(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7229): At 13.15 one Albatros D.V over Lens.
4th victory of William Chisam(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7223): At 13.15 one Albatros D.V, E of Lens.
1th victory of Frederick Britnell(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7251): At 13.15 one Albatros D.V, 2 mi SE of Lens.
15th victory of William Alexander(RNAS 10N Sopwith Camel B7215): At 15.45 one type C over Roulers.
7th victory of Harold Mellings(RNAS 10N Sopwith Camel): One Albatros D.V.
7th victory of John Manuel(RNAS 10N Sopwith Camel B7196): At 16.00 one Albatros D.V, SE of Dixmude.
 
By the RFC
 
2th victory of John Bateman(1th Sqn S.E.5a B641): At 07.40 one balloon over Roulers-Staden.
2th victory of Albert Waller(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7770): At 12.15 one Albatros D.V over Carvin-Fromelles. Observer was Sgt M.B.Kilroy.
1th victory of George Darvill(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4 B9435): At 12.15 one Albatros D.V over Allenes. Observer was Sgt A.Pollard. 
5th victory of Richard Dawes(45th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6412): At 11.30 one DFW C, SE of Salgarada. Shared with 2th Lt Sidney Cottle.
1th victory of Sidney Cottle(45th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6354): At 11.30 one DFW C, SE of Salgarada. Shared with 2th Lt Richard Dawes.
2th victory of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9153): At 07.30 one Albatros D.V, W of Graincourt.
2th and 3th victories of Geoffrey Hughes(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): Two Albatros D.V. Observer was Capt Hugh Claye. 
1th victory of Maurice Le Blanc-Smith(73th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5572): At 14.15 one Fokker D.R.I, W of Bohain.
7th and 8th victories of St.Cyprian Tayler(80th Sqn Sopwith Camel): Two Albatros D.V over Bohain-Ribemont. 
3th victory of William Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a C5384): At 14.20 one type C over Bellicourt.
6th victory of Austin Fleming(111th Sqn S.E.5a B540): At 09.30 one Albatros D.III, E of Bireh.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
7th victory of Richard Howard(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a D212): At 15.20 one Albatros D.V over Pont-a-Vendin.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
95th Aero Sqn(Nieuport 28)now armed and fully equipped moved to the Toul Sector.
 
By the Italian front
 
Sgt Attilio Imolesi(79a Nieuport 27, 6 victories)mortally wounded in crash during a low-level flight. Imolesi died the next day in hospital.

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#450 Danelov

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 15:54

Mar 11, 1918
 
Eastern Front
USSR: Lenin article stresses Russia’s might will be restored. US President Wilson sympathy message to Congress of Soviets on peace treaty.
Air War
France: 60 Gotha bombers(4 lost)attack Paris(night March 11-12, 141 casualties including 101 killed when War Ministry hit). Another 66 die in panic rush for Metro shelters. Anti-aircraft guns fire 10,000 rounds. Single bomber attacks on March 24.
Russia: Austrians launch first ever scheduled international airmail service(until November)between Vienna and Kiev using modified Hansa­Brandenburg C.I two-seater recon aircraft.
 
By the Germans
 
10th victory of Bertram Heinrich(MFJ 1 Albatros D.Va): One D.H.4(N5965)over La Panne. 
27th victory of Lothar von Richthofen(CO Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): One Bristol F.2b(A7227), NE of Fresnoy.
2th victory of Edgar Scholtz(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 13.10 one S.E.5a over Honon Wood.
1th victory of Friedrich Ehmann(Jasta 47 Pfalz.D.IIIa): At 17.05 one Sopwith over Zonnebeke.
2th victory of Hans Viebig(Jasta 57 Albatros D.III OAW): At 16.15 one R.E.8 over Arleux. First victory of Jasta 57.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
16th victory of Gabriel Guérin(Spa15 Spad VII): One EA over Berry-le-Bac. 
11th victory of Hector Garaud(Spa38 Spad XIII): One EA over Auberive-Dontrien.
4th victory of Lionel de Marmier(Spa112 Spad VII): One Rumplec C, S of Petit-Croix. Shared with Sgt Fernand Chavannes.
4th victory of Fernand Chavannes(Spa112 Spad VII): One Rumplec C, S of Petit-Croix. Shared with Lionel de Marmier.
 
By the RNAS
 
14th victory of Stanley Rosevear(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6428): At 12.00 one type C, S of Armentieres.
3th victory of Hazel Wallace(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6359): At 10.00 one Albatros D.V, E of Armentières.
9th victory of Frederick Armstrong(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7218): At 11.20 one Albatros D.V over Drocourt.
9th victory of Alexander Shook(RNAS 4N Sopwith Camel N6300): At 16.40 one Albatros D.V over Keyem.
 
By the RFC
 
6th victory of Herbert Hamilton(1th Sqn S.E.5a B32): At 18.10 one type C over Ypres.. Shared with 2th Lt Percy Clayson.
3th victory of Percy Clayson(1th Sqn S.E.5a A8908): At 18.10 one type C over Ypres. Shared with Capt Herbert Hamilton.
4th victory of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1615): At 17.30 one Albatros D.V over Queant-Pronville.
6th and 7th victories of Ernest Elton(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1162): At 14.25 one Albatros D.V over Vendville-Faches and at 14.30 a second over Lille. Observer was 2th Lt George Hayward.
2th and 3th victories of Stanley Wallage(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7286): By 14.20 one Albatros D.V over Lomme and a second over Ligny. Observer was Sgt John Jones.
4th victory of Herbert Drewitt(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6848): At 11.35 one type C near Beaurevoir. 
6th victory of Ronald Mark(24th Sqn S.E.5a C6397): At 13.15 one type C, E of Bellenglise, shared with Capt Alfred Brown, 2th Lt P.J.Nolan, 2th Lt Herbert Richardson and Lt E.W.Lindenburgh.
5th and 6th victories of Herbert Richardson(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1070): At 13.15 one type C, E of Bellenglise, shared with Capt Alfred Brown, 2th Lt P.J.Nolan, Lt Ronald Mark and Lt E.W.Lindenburgh and at 18.15 one Albatros D.V over Ribemont.
4th and 5th victories of Alfred Brown(24th Sqn S.E.5a C9494): At 13.15 one type C, E of Bellenglise and at 18.15 one Pfalz D.III over Ribemont.
7th victory of William Harrison(40th Sqn S.E.5a B4863): At 11.35 one type C, W of La Bassée.
7th victory of Henry Woollett(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7356): At 14.25 one Albatros D.V near La Bassée.
9th victory of George Thomson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1627): At 12.15 one Albatros D.V over Cherisy.
2th victory of Harry Robinson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5425): At 16.45 one Albatros D.V over Dury.  
7th victory(and last)of Herbert Hartley(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7114): At 12.55 one Fokker D.R.I over St.Quentin. Observer was Lt John Robertson.
4th victory of Geoffrey Hughes(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): One Fokker D.R.I. Observer was Capt Hugh Claye.
5th and 6th victories of James Slater(64th Sqn S.E.5a B147): At 11.30 one Pfalz D.III over Cambrai and at 11.57 one Albatros D.V over Douai.
10th victory of Peter Carpenter(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B2500): At 14.40 one Hansa-Brandenburg D.I, N of Valstagna(Italian front). 
3th victory of Alan Jerrard(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5648): At 11.40 one Berg D.I, N of Valstagna(Italian front).
1th victory of Gordon Apps(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5190): At 11.40 one Berg D.I, N of Valstagna(Italian front).
24th, 25th, 26th and 27th victories of Frank Granger Quigley(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7475): At 12.30 one balloon over Menin, shared with 2th Lt Alfred Koch, Lt Kenneth Seth-Smith and Lt Walter Carlaw, and by 17.00 three Pfalz D.III over Passchendaele, the first shared with 2th Lt Alfred Koch. 
6th and 7th victories of Alfred Koch(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel): At 12.30 one balloon over Menin, shared with Capt Frank Granger Quigley, Lt Kenneth Seth-Smith and Lt Walter Carlaw and at 17.00 one Pfalz D.III over Passchendaele, shared with Capt Frank Granger Quigley.
6th victory of Kenneth Seth-Smith(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel): At 12.30 one balloon over Menin. Shared with Capt Frank Granger Quigley, Alfred Koch and Lt Walter Carlaw. 
1th victory of Walter Carlaw(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel): At 12.30 one balloon over Menin. Shared with Capt Frank Granger Quigley, Alfred Koch and Lt Kenneth Seth-Smith.
5th victory of Frederick Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a C5364): At 10.40 one Albatros D.V over Lavergies. Shared with Lt George Johnson.
3th victory of George Johnson(84th Sqn S.E.5a): At 10.40 one Albatros D.V over Lavergies. Shared with Capt Frederick Brown.
6th victory of  Leonard Slatter(213th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6400): At 14.45 one Albatros D.V, 2 mi N of Mariakerke.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
95th Aero Sqn(Nieuport 28)first combat patrol without French escorts, but not enemy contact was made.
1th victory of Lt Paul F.Baer(103th Aero Sqn Spad VII): One Albatros D.Va over Cenay-les-Reims. First victory of the 103th Aero Sqn and first of a US Squadron in WWI.
 
By the Italian front
 
11th victory of Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.128): One Sopwith Camel over Spresiano.
20th victory of Frank Linke-Crawford(Flik 60J Phönix D.I 228.14): One Sopwith Scout, S of Monte di Val Bella.
 
91a Squadriglia deployed at Quinto di Treviso airfield.

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#451 Danelov

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 15:56

Mar 12, 1918
 
Eastern Front
USSR: Soviet Govt moves from vulnerable Petrograd to Moscow(Lenin arrives March 11).
Rumania: Prime Minister General Averescu resigns.
Finland: Red offensive in Karelia ends, Whites 11,700 men strong.
Ukraine: Linsingen occupies Odessa, Austro-German row over precedence. Austrians capture 3 Russian midget submarines at Reni, river Duna.
Siberia: Sino-Japanese volunteers fight Reds at Blagoveschensk.
Southern Fronts
Macedonia: 3,000 Russians riot at internment camp near Vertikop, French cavalry unit restores order with sabres. Greek 1st(Larissa)Division (12,000 men with 16 guns)begins move to Struma valley, enters British sector line from March 26; 13th(Chalcis)Division replaces 1st Division in Naresh training area.
Middle East
Palestine: Bulfin’s XXI Corps(104 casualties)advances 3 miles on 7-miles of coastal sector, taking 5 villages and 112 PoWs.
Armenia: Turks retake Erzerum (Armenian military casualties 600), reach Olti on March 26.
Air War
Britain: Woman dies of shock, another wounded when Navy Zeppelins L-61, L-62 and L-63 bomb Hull; dense cloud prevents attack on Midlands objectives, 2 of 3 Giant bombers divert to Boulogne; L-42(Dietrich)drops 21 bombs on West Hartlepool docks(47 casualties, night Mach 13-14).
Salonika: RFC derail Bulgar train near Porna, shoot German plane into Lake Tahinos(March 13), bomb Drama airfield hitting 4 hangars(March 22, more raids follow).
 
By the Germans
 
6th victory(and last)of Konrad Mettlich(Jasta 8 Albatros D.V): One S.E.5a over Villevecque.
11th victory of Erich Löwenhardt(Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 19.45 one balloon over Lacouture.
28th and 29th victories of Lothar von Richthofen(CO Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.00 Bristol F.2b(B1247)over Maretz, Betry and at 11.10 a second(B1250)over Clary.
4th victory of Werner Steinhäuser(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.00 one Bristol F.2b over Beauvais.
12th victory of Friedrich Altemeir(Jasta 24 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 11.40 one Bristol F.2b over Villeret.
4th victory of Robert Heibert(Jasta 46 Albatros D.Va): At 10.45 one S.E.5a over Dixmude.
1th victory of Helmuth Steinbrecher(Jasta 46 Albatros D.Va): At 10.50 one S.E.5a over Houthulst.
7th victory of Franz Schleiff(CO Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): At 10.45 one R.E.8 or Bristol F.2b over Gozeaucourt.
7th victory of Walter Ewers(CO Jasta 77 Fokker D.R.I): One Spad over Belfort.
64th victory of Manfred von Richthofen(CO JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 152/17): At 11.10 one 62th Sqn Bristol F.2b(B1251)N of Nauroy.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
2th victory of Léon Nuville(Spa57 Spad VII S592): One DFW C of BG 2 near Fresnes. Shared with Ltt Georges Mazimann and S/Lt Marius Hasdenteufel. Ltn Schreibler and Ltn Peter Frhr von und zu Mentzingen KIA.
2th victory of Marius Hasdenteufel(Spa57 Spad XIII S1446): One DFW C of BG 2 near Fresnes. Shared with Ltt Georges Mazimann and S/Lt Léon Nuville. Ltn Schreibler and Ltn Peter Frhr von und zu Mentzingen KIA.
1th victory of Georges Mazimann(Spa57 Spad VII S541): One DFW C of BG 2 near Fresnes. Shared with S/Lt Léon Nuville and S/Lt Marius Hasdenteufel. Ltn Schreibler and Ltn Peter Frhr von und zu Mentzingen KIA.
2th victory of André Bosson(Spa62 Spad VII): One Fokker D.R.I near Crépy-en-Laonnais.
31th victory of Charles Nungesser(Spa65 Spad XIII): One EA ner Craonne.
 
By the RNAS
 
23th victory of Roderic Dallas(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6427): At 11.15 one Rumpler C over Dixmude.
6th victory of Cyril Ridley(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B7248): At 13.15 one balloon over Ypres.
6th victory of Herbert Rowley(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6429): At 13.15 one ballon near Ypres. Shared with Cyril Ridley.
9th victory of Leonard Rochford(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7203): At 11.00 one Albatros C over Brebieres.
5th victory of George MacKay(RNAS 13N Sopwith Camel B6400): At 09.05 one Rumpler C over Ostend-Wenduyne. Shared with FSL Maurice Cooper, FSL John Green and FSL E.V.Bell. 
3th victory of Maurice Cooper(RNAS 13N Sopwith Camel B6410): At 09.05 one Rumpler C over Ostend-Wenduyne. Shared with FSL George MacKay, FSL John Green and FSL E.V.Bell. 
2th victory of John Greene(RNAS 13N Sopwith Camel B6407): At 09.05 one Rumpler C over Ostend-Wenduyne. Shared with FSL Maurice Cooper, FSL George MacKay and FSL E.V.Bell. 
 
By the RFC
 
3th, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th victories of John Chick(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4847): At 11.15 one type C, S of Cambrai, at by 11.45-11.55 four Fokker D.R.I over Caudry. Observer was Lt Percy Douglas.
1th victory of Charles Robson(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4673): At 14.40 one LVG C.VI over Doignes. Observer was Lt Herbert Sellars.
11th victory of James Fitz Morris(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6856): At 10.30 one type C over St.Quentin.
5th victory of Herbert Drewitt(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6738): At 10.45 one Albatros D.V, E of Bellenglise. 
7th victory(and last)of Peter MacDougall(24th Sqn S.E.5a B891): At 10.15 one type C, SE of St. Quentin. MacDougall was wounded the same day.
6th victory of Alfred Brown(24th Sqn S.E.5a C9494): At 18.40 one EA, SW of St. Quentin.
3th victory of Horace Barton(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1751): At 10.45 one Albatros D.V over Bellenglise.
10th victory of George Thomson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1627): At 13.00 one Pfalz D.III near Ecourt St. Quentin.
6th victory of Leonard Payne(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b): At 12.00 one Fokker D.R.I, NE of St.Quentin. Observer was 2th Lt G.H.H.Scutt.
7th victory of Maurice Mealing(56th Sqn S.E.5a B595): At 11.20 one type C, N of Beaucamp.   
1th victory of George Gibbons(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): At 11.00 one Fokker D.R.I, NE of Nauroy. Observer was Lt Sidney Knights.
7th victory of Jack Cunningham(65th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5632): At 11.35 one Albatros D.V near Westroosebeke.
28th, 29th and 30th victories of Frank Granger Quigley(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7475): By 12.45 two Albatros D.V over Dadizeele and at 12.50 a third over the same area.
7th victory(and last)of Kenneth Seth-Smith(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7474): At 12.50 one Albatros D.V, N of Wervicq. 
4th victory of John Todd(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8213): At 12.45 one Albatros D.V, N of Menin.
2th victory of Walter Carlaw(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7473): At 13.00 one Albatros D.V, NW of Gheluwe.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
3th victory of Robert McKenzie(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a B579): At 13.05 one type C over Wingles. 
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
Capt Phelps Collins(103th Aero Sqn Spad VII)shot down and killed in combat.
 
By the Italian front
 
16th victory of Franz Gräser(Flik 61J Albatros D.III 153.106): One Ansaldo S.V.A.5 over Monistier di Treviso.
 
3th victory of Ernesto Cabruna(77a Spad VII): One Aviatik C.I(214.04)of Flik 49D over San Dona di Piave.

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#452 Danelov

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 15:57

Mar 13, 1918
 
Western Front
Flanders: Australian raid near Ypres-Comines Canal. British capture strong point southeast of Polygon Wood.
Home Fronts
Germany: Interior Minister Waldow decides to cut farmers’ rations not workers to save 140,000t before Ukraine grain arrives.
Politics
Britain: War Cabinet told of Royal Navy Petrograd Attache’s warning that Japanese action may drive Russia into German arms.
 
By the Germans
 
4th victory of Franz Hemer(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 10.40 one S.E.5a, S of Cambrai.
Obltn Konrad Mettlich(Jasta 8 Albatros D.V, 6 victories)shot down and KIA over Remaucourt in combat with Percy Hobson of No.84 Sqn.
5th victory of Erik Thomas(Jasta 9 Albatros D.Va): One balloon over Ham.
3th victory of Edgar Scholtz(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 10.40 one Sopwith Camel over Vaucelles.
Ltn Lothar von Richthofen(CO Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I 454/17)shot down during a fight with one Bristol F.2b of No.62 Sqn. Wounded, forced landing and aircraft destroyed.
11th victory of Harald Auffarth(CO Jasta 29 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 12.15 one D.H.4 over Brielen.
1th victory of Karl Pech(Jasta 29 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 12.15 one Airco D.H.4 over Vlamertinghe.
Otto Splitgerber(Jasta 38 Albatros D.V, 6 victories)KIA near Hudova, Macedonia.
13th victory of Georg Schlenker(Jasta 41 Albatros D.Va): At 16.50 one Airco D.H.4 over Rustenhort.
10th victory of Hans Weiss(Jasta 41 Albatros D.Va): At 14.37 one balloon over St. Ligert.
1th victory of Erich Meyer(Jasta 45 Albatros D.Va): At 15.23 one balloon over Belleville.
8th victory of Franz Schleiff(CO Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): At 10.20 one Bristol F.2b, S of La Terriere. 
4th victory of Franz Piechulek(Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): At 10.30 one scout, NE of Gonnelieu.
1th victory of Ludwig Beckmann(Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): At 10.50 one R.E.8 over Gouzeaucourt.
2th victory of Arno Benzler(CO Jasta 65 Albatros D.Va): One Spad over Esnes.
4th victory of Julius Fichter(CO Jasta 67 Albatros D.Va): At 10.15 one Spad over Tahure. First victory of Jasta 67.
65th victory of Manfred von Richthofen(CO JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 152/17): At 10.35 one 73th Sqn Sopwith Camel(B2523)near Gonnelieu.
 
By the RNAS
 
20th and 21th victories(and last)of Richard Minifie(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6420): By 07.25 two Albatros D.V , SE of Dixmude.
15th victory of Stanley Rosevear(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6428): At 07.25 one Albatros D.V over Dixmude.
 
By the RFC
 
8th victory of Guy Moore(1th Sqn S.E.5a B511): At 12.20 one Pfalz D.III over Wieltje. Shared victory.
7th victory(and last)of Herbert Hamilton(1th Sqn S.E.5a B32): At 12.20 one Pfalz D.III over Wieltje. Shared victory.
6th victory of William Patrick(1th Sqn S.E.5a B641): At 12.20 one Pfalz D.III over Wieltje. Shared victory.
4th victory of Percy Clayson(1th Sqn S.E.5a A8908): At 12.20 one Pfalz D.III over Wieltje.
1th victory of Harry Rigby(1th Sqn S.E.5a C9624): At 12.20 one Pfalz D.III over Wieltje. Shared victory.
5th victory of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1615): At 15.45 one Albatros D.V over Villers.
8th victory of John Chick(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4847): At 13.45 one Albatros D.V, S of Cambrai. Observer was Lt Percy Douglas.
2th victory of Charles Robson(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4673): At 14.00 one Albatros D.V over Oisy. Observer was Lt Herbert Sellars.
5th victory of Gerald Gibbs(17th Sqn S.E.5a B613): At 12.50 one Albatros D.III over Lake Doiran(Macedonian front).
1th victory of Dennis Latimer(20th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4615): At 12.55 one Albatros D.V over Comines-Wervicq. Observer was 2th Lt James Scaramanga.
8th and 9th victories of Ernest Elton(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1162): By 16.20-16.30 one Albatros D.V and one Pfalz D.III, SSW of Lille. Observer was 2th Lt George Hayward.
5th victory of Hiram Davison(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1155): At 16.15 one Pfalz D.III over Annoeullin. Observer was 2th Lt Josiah Morgan.
3th victory of William Wells(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7286): At 16.30 one Albatros D.V, W of Emmerin. Observer was 2th Lt Percy Williams. 
1th victory of Frank Weare(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7254): At 16.15 one Albatros D.V over Seclin-Houplines. Observer was 2th Lt S.J.Hunter.
11th victory of Andrew Cowper(24th Sqn S.E.5a C5428): At 12.35 one Albatros D.V over Mézières.
7th victory of Ronald Mark(24th Sqn S.E.5a C6397): At 12.45 one type C over Bellicourt.
7th victory of Alfred Brown(24th Sqn S.E.5a C9494): At 12.45 one Albatros D.V over Bellicourt.
8th and 9th victories of Henry Woollett(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7356): By 13.00 two Albatros D.V over La Bassée.
2th victory of George Lingham(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5631): At 13.00 one Albatros D.V over La Bassée.
7th victory of Alexander Roulstone(57th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7901): At 12.30 one Albatros D.V, E of Ledeghem. Observer was Lt D.F.V.Page.
5th and 6th victories of Geoffrey Hughes(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4630): By 10.30 one Pfalz III and one Fokker D.R.I, E of Cambrai, the second shared with Capt Augustus Orlebar. Observer was Capt Hugh Claye. 
1th and 2th victories of William Staton(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4619): By 10.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Cambrai and one Albatros D.V over the same location.
3th and 4th victories of Augustus Orlebar(73th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7282): By 10.30 one Fokker D.R.I, shared with Capt Geoffrey Hughes and Capt Hugh Claye from No.62 Sqn, and one Albatros D.V over the same area. Fokker D.R.I flew by Ltn Lothar von Richthofen, CO of Jasta 11, crashed and was wounded by the combat.
9th victory(and last)of St.Cyprian Tayler(80th Sqn Sopwith Camel): One Albatros D.V. 
6th victory of Frederick Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a B8337): At 12.10 one Albatros D.V over Homblieres.
3th victory of Percy Hobson(84th Sqn S.E.5a D260): At 10.10 one Albatros D.V, NE of St. Quentin. Obltn Konrad Mettlich(6 victories)of Jasta 8, KIA.
2th victory of Charles Stubbs(84th Sqn S.E.5a C5303): At 10.10 one Albatros D.V, NE of St. Quentin.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
4th victory of Robert McKenzie(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a B579): At 10.05 one Albatros D.V over Wingles.  
 
By the Italian front
 
12th victory of Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.128): One SIA 7b, N of Spresiano.
5th victory of Ludwig Hautzmayer(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.142): One SIA 7b, N of Spresiano. Shared with Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg.

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#453 Danelov

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 15:58

Mar 14, 1918
 
Eastern Front
USSR: Soviets 4th Congress ratifies Brest-Litovsk Treaty at Moscow. Reds occupy Ekaterinodar(Kuban Cossack capital).
Middle East
Caucasus: Retreating Armenians on old Russian frontier. Turco­-Transcaucasian Trebizond Conference opens.
Air War
North Sea : Floatplane clash; 2 RNAS aircrafts attack 5 German planes(1 lost, 1 damaged, 1 observer killed).
Italy: RFC 42th Sqn leaves to rejoin BEF on Western Front.
 
By the Germans
 
6th victory of Erik Thomas(Jasta 9 Albatros D.Va): At 18.05 one balloon over Ham.
Ltn August Raben apppointed as CO of Jasta 18.
3th victory of Josef Schwendemann(Jasta 41 Albatros D.Va): One Spad over Veltismatt.
 
By the RFC
 
Lt Herbert Hartley(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b, 7 victories)KIA.

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#454 Danelov

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 14:49

Mar 15, 1918
 
Eastern Front
Britain: Allies in London discuss Japanese intervention against Germans in Russia but Americans object. Sovnarkom allows Czech Legion evacuation to Omsk.
Finland: Mannerheim Offensive(12,000 troops)towards Tampere(until March 19)takes 700 PoWs and 10 guns. Second phase(March 20-25)cuts off town(until March 25), he cables for speedy German arrival on March 20.
Sea War
Eastern Atlantic: Destroyer HMS Michael depth charges and sinks U-110 off North Ireland.
Home Fronts
France: Explosion in Courneuve district near Paris(30 killed, 1500 wounded).
Britain: Haig’s son(later Earl Haig)born.
 
By the Germans
 
The Fokker D.VI approved test series by Idflieg. Low production authorized with Oberursel Ur.II engine, pending availability of the Goebel Goe.III. Aicrafts delivered from April with production ended by Aug 1918, with only 59 builded. Delivered to Jasta 80. Seven delivered to the Austro-Hungarian Luftfahrtruppen.
12th victory of Erich Löwenhardt(Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa). At 19.05 one balloon over Villers Faucon.
9th victory of Rudolf Windisch(CO Jasta 66 Albatros D.Va): One Spad over Vitry-Reims.
12th and 13th victories of Walter Böning(Jasta 76 Fokker D.R.I): Two Sopwith 1½ Strutter over Lautenbach. One was 3476. 
Hptm Adolf Ritter von Tutschek(CO JG 2 Fokker D.R.I 404/17, 27 victories)shot down and killed in combat with No.24 Sqn S.E.5a flown by South African ace Harold Redler. 
Hptm Eduard von Schleich appointed as CO of JGR 8(Jasta 23, Jasta 34 and Jasta 35).
 
By the Aviation MIlitaire
 
6th victory of Charles Quette(Spa62 Spad VII): One EA near Orgeval.
27th and 28th victories of René Fonck(Spa103 Spad XIII and XII cannon 37mm): At 10.15 one Albatros C, E of Berméricout and at 17.25 one two-seater, near of Courtecon.
1th victory of Pierre Schmitter(Spa103 Spad XIII): One two-seater near Vorges-Lierval. 
3th victory of David Putnam(Spa156 Spad): One Rumpler C over Beine.
 
By the RNAS
 
16th and 17th victories of Stanley Rosevear(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6428): By 11.45 two Pfalz D.III, E of Dixmude.
 
By the RFC
 
7th victory(and last)of William Patrick(1th Sqn S.E.5a B520): At 10.10 one Albatros D.V over Stadenberg.
2th victory of Francis Magoun(1th Sqn S.E.5a A8904): At 10.35 one DFW C over Dadizeele. Shared with L.W.Mawbey.
9th and 10th victories of John Chick(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7153): By 11.15 two Albatros D.V over Rumilly. Observer was Lt Percy Douglas.
3th victory of Charles Robson(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4673): At 11.15 one Albatros D.V over Rumilly. Observer was Lt Herbert Sellars.
1th victory of Eric Gilroy(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4845): At 11.15 one Albatros D.V over Rumilly. Pilot was Capt L.R.Wren.
3th victory of Albert Waller(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A8076): At 12.45 one Pfalz D.III over Avelin. Observer was Lt J.M.Brisbane.
3th victory of Alfred Atkey(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7798): At 12.45 one Pfalz D.III over Avelin. Observer was 2th Lt L.A.Mayne.
2th victory of Norman Hustings(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3899): At 11.40 one Albatros D.V, SE of Comines. 
15th and 16th victories of John Leacroft(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3843): At 11.15 one Albatros D.V, E of Tourcoing and at 11.50 a second, E of Wervicq. 
16th and 17th victories of Albert Carter(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C4017): At 11.15 one Pfalz D.III, S of Halluin and at 11.30 one Pfalz D.III, S of Halluin.
6th victory of Herbert Drewitt(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6738): At 10.15 one DFW C over Brissey. Shared with Lt G.G.MacPhee. 
12th victory of Andrew Cowper(24th Sqn S.E.5a C5428): At 10.20 one Rumpler C, N of Premonte. Shared with Ronald Mark and Herbert Richardson.  
8th victory of Ronald Mark(24th Sqn S.E.5a C9494): At 10.20 one Rumpler C, N of Premonte. Shared with Lt Andrew Cowper and Lt Herbert Richardson.
7th victory of Herbert Richardson(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8257): At 10.20 one Rumpler C, N of Premonte. Shared with Lt Andrew Cowper and Lt Ronald Mark.
4th victory of Harold Redler(24th Sqn S.E.5a B79): At 10.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Premontre. Pilot, CO of JG 2 Hptm Adolf Ritter von Tutschek, KIA.    
2th victory of Harold Walkerdine(56th Sqn S.E.5a B8266): At 10.50 one Albatros D.V, N of Bourlon Wood.
3th and 4th victories of William Fielding-Johnson(56th Sqn S.E.5a B37): At 10.50 one Albatros D.V, N of Bourlon Wood and at 11.50 one type C,  SE of Inchy. Shared with Lt Maurice Mealing.
8th, 9th and 10th victories of Maurice Mealing(56th Sqn S.E.5a B595): By 10.50 two Albatros D.V, N of Bourlon Wood and at 11.50 one type C,  N of Bourlon Wood. Shared victory.  
7th victory of James Slater(64th Sqn S.E.5a B147): At 11.20 one Albatros D.V over Masnieres.
6th victory of Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor(84th Sqn S.E.5a D259): At 08.20 one DFW C, S of Villaret. 
5th victory of Jens Fredrick Larson(84th Sqn S.E.5a C1077): At 09.20 one Pfalz D.III, NE of Ribemont. 

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#455 Danelov

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 14:49

Mar 16, 1918
 
Western Front
Germany: Most German Operation Michael artillery now in position, infantry begins night approach marches until March 18.
Verdun: Raid and counter­raiding, French take 160 PoWs, Germans 200.
Middle East
Arabia: Arabs disperse Turk camel corps northwest of Medina. Hejaz Railway near Bowat damaged, train derailed(March 19-20).
Secret War
Britain: Haig tells King he can smash any attack. Churchill memo envisages mine-clearing tanks.
Austria:­Vienna police report: "great and rather widespread resentment against Germany".
 
By the Germans
 
7th and 8th victories of Erik Thomas(Jasta 9 Albatros D.Va): By 12.10 one balloon over Suippe and a second, S of Suippe.
Ltn Otto von Breiten-Landenberg appointed as CO of Jasta 11.
12th victory of Harald Auffarth(CO Jasta 29 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 15.55 one D.H.4(A8043)of No.18 Sqn over Fournes, near Amiens. 2th Lt R.A.Mayne POW, Lt F.V.Scott KIA.
3th victory of Gilbert Wagner(Jasta 29 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 10.00 one Sopwith Camel(B5208)of No.4 Sqn AFC, SE of Sainghin. 2th Lt W.H.Nicholls POW. 
4th victory of Hans-Georg von der Marwitz(Jasta 30 Pfalz D.IIIa 4203/17): One Armstrong Wirthworth F.K.8.
3th victory of Hans Rolfes(CO Jasta 45 Albatros D.Va): At 12.50 one balloon over Fort Marre.
3th victory of Arno Benzler(CO Jasta 65 Albatros D.Va):  At 13.00 one British Spad over Malancourt.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
3th victory of Frank Baylies(Spa3 Spad XIII): At 17.35 one two-seater of FlAbt 209A near Chevrigny. Pilot unknown POW, observer Ltn Walter Riedel KIA.
Slt Francois de Rochechouart de Mortemart(Spa23 Spad XIII S2167, 7 victories)KIA after combat with Ltn Arno Benzler of Jasta 65.
1th victory of Marcel Levrier-Coffard(Spa38 Spad VII): One Albatros C over Nogent l’Abbesse. Shared with Lt Paul F.Baer of 103th Aero Sqn.
11th victory of Omer Demeuldre(Spa84 Spad VII): One Rumpler C, NE of Anizy.
29th victory of René Fonck(Spa103 Spad XIII): At 11.50 one two-seater over Berru-Nogent l’Abbesse.
1th victory of Auguste Baux(Spa103 Spad XIII): One Albatros D.V near Vitry-lès-Reims.
 
By the RNAS
 
18th and 19th victories of Stanley Rosevear(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6428): At 11.55 one Albatros D.V, E of Roulers and at 16.25 a second over Roulers.
16th victory of Samuel Kinkead(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6211): At 16.25 one Albatros D.V over Roulers.
7th and 8th victories of Maxwell Findlay(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6419): At 11.15 one Albatros D.V, E of Roulers and at 16.25 a second over the same location, shared with FSL Hazel Wallace.
7th victory of Herbert Rowley(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6429): At 11.45 one Albatros D.V over Dixmude.
4th victory of Hazel Wallace(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6359): At 16.25 one Albatros D.V, E of Roulers. Shared with FSL Maxwell Findlay.
11th victory of James Glen(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7185): At 11.20 one Hannover C over Gavrelle. Shared with L.Rochford and A.Ellwood.
10th victory of Leonard Rochford(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7203): At 11.20 one Hannover C over Gavrelle. Shared with J.Glen and A.Ellwood.
6th victory of Aubrey Ellwood(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7229): At 11.20 one Hannover C over Gavrelle. Shared with L.Rochford and J.Glen.
5th victory of William Chisam(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7223): At 10.35 one Albatros C over Hermies.
9th and 10th victories(and last)of Stanley Goble(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 N6001): By  11.00 two Albatros D.V over Bohain-Le Catelet. Pilot was FlLt Watkins.
4th victory of Euan Dickson(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 A7739): At 11.00 one Albatros D.V over Bohain-Le Catelet. Observer was FSL Walter Scott.
8th victory of Harold Mellings(RNAS 10N Sopwith Camel): One Pfalz D.III.
 
By the RFC
 
6th and 7th victories of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1615): At 09.15 one Albatros D.V over Cambrai and at 09.30 one type C over the same area. 
4th victory of Alfred Atkey(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7770): At 15.20 one Albatros D.V over Fromelles. Observer was Sgt M.B.Kilroy.
10th and 11th victories of Ernest Elton(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1162): By 10.30-10.45 two Albatros D.V over Carvin. Observer was Lt Roland Critchley.
4th, 5th and 6th victories of William Wells(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4808): By 10.45-11.00 two Pfalz D.III over Oignies and at 11.15 a third over Beaumont. Observer was Lt George Hayward. 
2th and 3th victories of George Bulmer(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4810): By 10.30 two Pfalz D.III over Henin Lietard. Observer was 2th Lt Percy Williams.
2th victory of Frank Weare(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1152): At 11.55 one Pfalz D.III, SW of Esquerchin. Observer was 2th Lt S.J.Hunter.
1th victory of William Harvey(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7161): At 11.00 one Pfalz D.III over Beaumont. Observer was Sgt A.Burton.
7th victory(and last)of Herbert Drewitt(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6738): At 07.20 one type C over Pontruet.
8th victory of Herbert Richardson(24th Sqn S.E.5a B176): At 16.30 one Albatros D.V over Barisis.
3th victory of James Dawe(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1789): At 17.00 one Rumpler C over Lesdins.
3th victory of Frank Taylor(41th Sqn S.E.5a C1752): At 16.00 one LVG C over Bourlon Wood. 
11th, 12th, 13th and 14th victories of George Thomson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1627): At 11.30 one type C, S of Brebières, at 12.00 a second over the same area, both shared with Sydney Smith, and two more by 12.00 over Brebières and S of Brebières.
2th and 3th victories of Sydney Smith(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1617): At 11.30 one type C, S of Brebieres and at 12.00 a second over the same area, both shared with Capt Georges Thomson.
3th and 4th victories of Charles Napier(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b): By 06.00 one LVG C and one Albatros D.III. Observer was 2th Lt J.M.Moore.
3th victory of Harold Walkerdine(56th Sqn S.E.5a C5303): At 12.00 one Albatros D.V, E of Sancourt.
2th victory of Louis Jarvis(56th Sqn S.E.5a C5430): At 12.00 one Albatros D.V, E of Sancourt. 
4th victory of Hilliard Bell(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5180): At 12.00 one Berg D over La Parada(Italian front).
4th victory of George Johnson(84th Sqn S.E.5a): At 11.25 one LVG C over Villers-Outreaux. Shared with 2th Lt Percy Hobson.
4th victory of Percy Hobson(84th Sqn S.E.5a D260): At 11.25 one LVG C over Villers-Outreaux. Shared with Capt George Johnson.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
1th victory of Garnet Malley(No.4 Sqn Sopwith Camel B2488): At 10.00 one Pfalz D.III over Annoeullin.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
2th victory of Paul F.Baer(103th Aero Sqn Spad VII): One Albatros C over Nogent-l'Abesse. Shared with S/Lt Marcel Levrier-Coffard of Spa38. 
 
By the Italian front
 
13th victory of Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.128): At 11.40 one Sopwith Camel over Zenson.
6th victory of Eugen Bönsch(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.140): At 11.40 one Sopwith Camel over Zenson.
17th victory of Franz Gräser(Flik 61J Albatros D.III 153.106): One Ansaldo S.V.A.5 over Casonetti.
15th victory(and last)of Ernst Strohschneider(Flik 61J Albatros D.III 153.119): One Ansando S.V.A over Casonetti.

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#456 Danelov

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 14:51

Mar 17, 1918
 
Western Front
Britain: Two German deserters tell BEF XVIII Corps to expect 6-hour barrage, but no date.
Eastern Front
Ukraine: Kosch’s German LII Corps(from Dobruja)occupies Nikolayev, hold all west of Dnieper including Kherson(March 20), advance continues(until March 29).
Sea War
Black Sea: German occupation of Nikolayev gains ships building including 1 dread­nought, 3 cruisers, 4 destroyers, 2 gunboats and 3 submarines.
 
By the Germans
 
9th victory of Gotthard Sachsenberg(MFJ I Albatros D.Va): One Bréguet 14 over Pervyse.
8th victory of Wilhelm Frickart(FA 20): One S.E.5a near Tahino Lake.
13th victory of Otto Könnecke(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): At 13.20 one R.E.8 over Graincourt.
10th victory of Fritz Rumey(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): At 10.25 one S.E.5a over Marcoing.
Adolf Schreder(Jasta 17 Albatros D.V)killed in action ,W of Busigny. 
Otto Schulz(Jasta 20 Pfalz D.IIIa)killed in crash at Douai during a practice flight.
21th victory of Heinrich Kroll(Jasta 24 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 11.00 one Sopwith Camel(B9209)from 80th Sqn over Attily, W of St. Quentin. Pilot, ace Capt St.Cyprian Tayler was KIA.
Obltn Hans Bethge(CO Jasta 30 Pfalz D.IIIa 5888/17)shot down and killed near Linselles by Alexander Roulstone from No.57 Sqn(Airco D.H.4). 
11th victory of Karl Odebrett(CO Jasta 42 Albatros D.Va): At 16.30 one Spad.
4th victory of Hans Rolfes(CO Jasta 45 Albatros D.Va): At 07.10 one Spad over Malancourt.
2th and 3th victories of Erich Meyer(Jasta 45 Albatros D.Va): At 07.35 one balloon over Bois de Cheppy and at 07.40 one Spad over the same area.
2th victory of Konrad Brendle(Jasta 45 Albatros D.Va): At 07.15 one AR2 over Avocourt.
2th victory of Friedrich Ehmann(Jasta 47 Pfalz.D.IIIa): At 12.15 one RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel(B6420)over Moorslede. Pilot, ace Richard Minifie POW.
1th victory of Gefr Gebhardt(Jasta 47 Pfalz D.IIIa): One Sopwith near Staden.
9th victory of Franz Schleiff(CO Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): At 16.25 one Bristol F.2b over Bruy-Bony. 
5th victory of Franz Piechulek(Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): At 16.20 one Bristol F.2b over Le Catelet-Dempise.
10th victory of Rudolf Windisch(CO Jasta 66 Albatros D.Va): One Spad over Vitry-Reims.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
1th victory of André Courtois(Spa12 Spad VII S1195): One Balloon(Drachen)over Laon. Adj Courtois was KIA same day near Montaigu.
1th victory of Adrien Mion(Spa67 Spad VII): One two-seater near Montaigu-Marchaix.
Sgt Joseph Lucien Réchède(Spa75 Spad VII)shot down in combat. Réchède was captured and became POW.
30th victory of René Fonck(Spa103 Spad XIII): At 17.50 one two-seater, N of Menneville.
 
By the Aviation Militaire Belge
 
8th victory of Andre de Meulemeester(9me Hanriot HD.1): At 11.00 one type C over Dixmude.
 
By the RNAS
 
11th victory of Arthur Whealy(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7220): At 10.50 one type C over Armentières.
 
By the RFC
 
8th victory of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1615): At 13.30 one Albatros D.V over Cagnicourt. Shared with 2th Lt A.A.M.Arnot.
18th victory of Albert Carter(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C4017): At 12.35 one Albatros D.V near Oostnieuwkerke.
17th victory of John Leacroft(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3829): At 12.25 one Pfalz D.III near De Ruiter.
10th victory of Arthur Fairclough(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3940): At 12.15 one Albatros D.V, NE of Menin. Shared with 2th Lt Eric Olivier.
8th victory(and last)of Eric Olivier(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3902): At 12.25 one Pfalz D.IIIa over Roulers. 
7th victory of Eric Olivier(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3902): At 12.15 one Albatros D.V, NE of Menin. Shared with Lt Arthur Fairclough. 
13th victory of Andrew Cowper(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8407): At 18.20 one Pfalz D.III, SW of Ramicourt.  
9th victory of Ronald Mark(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8411): At 18.25 one Pfalz D.III, SW of Ramicourt.
9th victory of Herbert Richardson(24th Sqn S.E.5a D279): At 18.25 one Pfalz D.III, SW of Ramicourt.
15th and 16th victories of George Thomson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1627): At 08.45 one Albatros D.V over Cambrai and at 09.30 one type C over the same area.
Capt Maurice Scott(46th Sqn Sopwith Pup, 12 victories)killed in crash at Shoreham, Sussex.
8th victory(and last)of Alexander Roulstone(57th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7901): At 11.30 one Albatros D.V, N of Menin. Observer was 2th Lt W.C.Venmore.
2th victory of George Gibbons(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): One EA. Observer was Lt Sidney Knights.
3th and 4th victories of Edmund Tempest(64th Sqn S.E.5a): At 11.30 one Pfalz D.III over Douai and at 11.35 a second over Biache as shared victory. 
1th victory of Charles Bissonette(64th Sqn S.E.5a): At 11.35 one Pfalz D.III over Biache, shared with Capt Edmund Tempest Lt J.F.T.Barret, Lt Stringer and Lt Hendrie.
8th victory of Jack Cunningham(65th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5632): At 11.25 one Albatros D.V near Zuidhoek.
Capt St.Cyprian Tayler(80th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9209, 9 victories)shot down and killed in combat with Heinrich Kroll from Jasta 24. 
7th, 8th and 9th victories of Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor(84th Sqn S.E.5a D259): At 11.40 one Albatros D.V over Busigny, at 11.42 a second, W of Busigny and at 11.45 a Pfalz D.III, 4 mi W of Busigny.  
7th and 8th victories of Frederick Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a B8337): By 11.40-11.45 two Albatros D.V over Bussigny and W of Bussigny. 
5th victory of John Victor Sorsoleil(84th Sqn S.E.5a B8233): At 11.45 one Pfalz D.III, 1 mi E of Mametz.
4th victory of William Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a C9263): At 17.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Crevecoeur.
3th victory of Charles Stubbs(84th Sqn S.E.5a C5303): At 11.45 one Albatros D.V over Busigny. 
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
139th Aero Sqn orders received to move to France.
 
By the Italian front
 
1th victory of Giulio Lega(76a Hanriot HD.1): One unknown fighter type over Col d’Astiago. Shared with Censi and Donati.

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#457 Danelov

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 14:52

Mar 18, 1918
 
Western Front
Germany: Hindenburg and Ludendorff moved forward HQ from Spa to Avesnes.
Air War
"Battle of Le Cateau" Richthofen leads 30 fighters vs 29 RFC aircraft, destroying 9 for 1 Albatros fighter. Germans claim total of 28 Allied aircraft for loss of 7.
Britain: British and Portuguese trench raids. Churchill visits front until March 22.
Yser: Belgians(1,800 casualties)repulse heavy local attacks at three points and one east of Nieuport(March 30).
Eastern Front
Allies refuse to recognize Brest-Litovsk Treaty. Czech Legion begins rail journey east but stopped at Penza by Soviet troops on March 22.
Politics
Allies refuse to recognize German treaties with Russia and Rumania.
Neutrals
Holland: Government accepts Allied ultimatum with reservations. Allies repeat it on March 19 and US Navy seizes 40 Dutch ships in her ports(March 20, full compensation to be given; 3000 sailors repatriated in July). Britain does likewise on March 21.
 
By the Germans
 
9th victory of Wilhelm Reinhard(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.05 one Airco D.H.4 over St. Souplet.
1th victory of Hans Kirschstein(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.05 one Sopwith Camel(C6720)over Vaux-Andigny.
13th victory of Erich Löwenhardt(Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 11.10 one Airco D.H.4 or Bréguet 14, S of Le Cateau.
Ernst Udet transferred to Jasta 11.
4th victory of Edgar Scholtz(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.15 one Sopwith Camel, E of Bohain. 
3th victory of Siegfried Gussman(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.00 one Bristol F.2b, S of Joncourt.
1th victory of Hans Joachim Wolff(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.15 one No.84 Sqn S.E.5a(B172)over Escaucourt. Pilot, ace J.A.McCudden was killed. 
Ltn Lothar von Richthofen(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I)suffered a failure of the upper wing leading edge during combat with Sopwith Camels of No.73 Sqn and Bristol F.2bs of No.62 Sqn. Richthofen was seriously injured in the ensuing crash landing.
7th victory of Heinrich Geigl(CO Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 11.15 one Bristol F.2b over Joncourt.
1th victory of Max Holtzem(Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): One No.84 Sqn S.E.5a. Pilot 2th Lt H. A.Payne was captured.
4th victory of Karl Bohnenkamp(Jasta 22 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 11.10 one Sopwith Camel over St. Martin.
19th victory of Emil Thuy(CO Jasta 28 Albatros D.Va): At 12.50 one Sopwith Camel, W of Swevezeele.
8th victory of Hans von Häbler(Jasta 36 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.20 one Sopwith Camel(B7217)over Gondencourt. 
7th victory of Albert Dietlen(Jasta 41 Albatros D.Va): One Nieuport over Fullern.
4th victory of Josef Schwendemann(Jasta 41 Albatros D.Va): One Bréguet 14, NE of Fullern.
5th victory of Robert Heibert(Jasta 46 Albatros D.Va): At 11.10 one Sopwith Camel or S.E.5a over Honnechy.
3th victory of Friedrich Ehmann(Jasta 47 Pfalz.D.IIIa): At 12.05 one 29th Sqn Nieuport 27(B6836)over Hooglede. Pilot, Lt I.A.Edens was killed. 
1th victory of Josef Hohly(Jasta 65 Albatros D.Va): At 12.00 one AR2 over St.Mihiel.
11th victory of Fritz Pütter(CO Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): One Airco D.H.5 over Beaurevoir.
8th victory(and last)of Walter Ewers(CO Jasta 77 Fokker D.R.I): At 16.20 one Paul Schmitt or AR2 over Ballersdorf.
66th victory of Manfred von Richthofen(CO JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 477/17): At 11.15 one Sopwith Camel(B5243)over road Molain-Vaux-Andigny.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
Mdl Bernard Marie du Potavice de Heussey(Spa68 Spad VII)killed in flying accident in return of mission at Manoncourt airfield. 
1th victory of Gorman DeFreest Larner(Spa86 Spad VII): One Pfalz D.III over Conde-sur-Suippe.
 
By the RNAS
 
4th victory of Edwin Hayne(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7231): At 12.40 one DFW C, 1 mi E of Henin-Lietard. Shared with Ronald Berlyn.
3th victory of Edwin Hayne(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7231): At 11.05 one Albatros D.V over Habourdin-Seclin. 
2th victory of Ronald Berlyn(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7224): At 12.40 one DFW C, E of Henin Lietard. Shared with Edwin Hayne. 
5th victory of Euan Dickson(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 A7620): At 10.54 one Albatros D.V over Beaurevoir. Observer was FSL Walter Scott.
3th victory of Charles Bartlett(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 N5961): At 11.02 one Albatros D.V over Beaurevoir. Observer was AGL Walter Naylor.
 
By the RFC
 
4th victory of Charles Robson(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4673): At 11.00 one Albatros D.V, N of St.Quentin. Shared with Lt Herbert Sellars.
12th victory of Ernest Elton(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1162): At 10.30 one Albatros D.V over Carvin. Observer was Lt Roland Critchley.
3th victory of Frank Weare(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1152): At 10.15 one Albatros D.V over Carvin. Observer was Lt George Hayward.
2th victory of William Harvey(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4808): At 10.30 one Albatros D.V over Carvin. Observer was 2th Lt Josiah Morgan.
9th victory(and last)of Bernard Beanlands(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1081): At 11.40 one type C over Villers le Sec. Shared with Lt Harold Redler.
14th victory of Andrew Cowper(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8407). At 11.45 one Pfalz D.III over Itancourt. 
5th victory of Harold Redler(24th Sqn S.E.5a B7824): At 11.40 one type C over Villers le Sec. Shared with Capt Bernard Beanlands.
20th victory of William Barker(28th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6313): At 12.45 one Albatros D.III near Villanova(Italian front). 
18th victory(and last)of William Molesworth(29th Sqn Nieuport 27 B6812): At 11.45 one Pfalz D.III, SE of Rumbeke.
5th victory(and last)of Francis Williams(29th Sqn Nieuport 24 B3605): At 11.45 one Pfalz D.III over Lille.
1th victory of Francis Davies(29th Sqn Nieuport 27 B6815): At 11.45 one Pfalz D.III, SE of Rumbeke.
8th victory of William Harrison(40th Sqn S.E.5a C1071): At 10.25 one type C over Courcelles.
4th victory of Frank Taylor(41th Sqn S.E.5a C1752): At 14.15 one type C over Lecluse. 
10th victory of Henry Woollett(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8247): At 10.30 one type C, E of La Bassée.
1th victory of Charles Steele(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b): One Fokker D.R.I. Observer unknown.
10th and 11th victories of Cyril Crowe(56th Sqn S.E.5a B4891): At 11.10 one type C, W of Maquigny and at 11.45 one type C, NE of Rumaucourt.
5th and 6th victories of William Fielding-Johnson(56th Sqn S.E.5a B37): At 06.50 one Pfalz D.III, N of Buissy and a second E of Marquion.
4th and 5th victories of Harold Walkerdine(56th Sqn S.E.5a C5389): At 06.50 one Pfalz D.III, NE of Marquion and at second N of Baralle.
10th victory of Harold Hamersley(60th Sqn S.E.5a C5385): At 12.50 one Albatros D.V over Rumbeke.
2th victory of John Griffith(60th Sqn S.E.5a C1069): At 12.50 one Albatros D.V over Roulers.
5th victory of Edmund Tempest(64th Sqn S.E.5a): At 12.35 one Albatros D.V over Cambrai.
2th victory of Stanley Stanger(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B2497): At 15.50 one Berg D.I over Cimadolmo(Italian front).
1th victory of Gerald Birks(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6424): At 08.25 one Rumpler C(161.69)over Pravisdomini(Italian front).
9th victory of Frederick Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a B8337): At 11.40 one Albatros D.V, SE of Sequehart. 
7th victory of Kenneth Leask(84th Sqn S.E.5a B637): At 11.30 one Albatros D.V over Wassigny.
6th victory of Jens Fredrick Larson(84th Sqn S.E.5a C1077): At 11.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Le Cateau.
5th and 6th victories of William Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a C9263): By 11.30 two Albatros D.V over St.Souplet.
5th victory of George Johnson(84th Sqn S.E.5a): At 11.40 one Albatros D.V over Sesquehart.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
8th victory(and last)of Richard Howard(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a D212): At 12.5 one Rumpler C over Habourdin.
 
By the Italian front
 
9th victory of Stefan Fejes(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.132): One Sopwith Camel, W of Salgareda.

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#458 Danelov

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 21:09

Mar 19, 1918
 
Western Front
German attacks in Champagne and on Meuse.
Somme: General Gough writes home predicting German offensive on Thursday, March 21. Germans issued with special gasmask filters, 20 anti-tank bullets, and grenades.
British pre-emptive gas bombardment near St Quentin: 5,649 projectors fire 85t phosgene; 1,100 gassed(250 deaths).
Sea War
North Sea: Harwich Force(Captain St John vice Tyrwhitt on leave)with 3 French destroyers from Dunkirk tows 6 barges with seaplanes to make dawn reconnaissance mission off Terschelling island, shooting down 1 German seaplane(repeated on March 21).
Home Fronts
Britain: House of Lords debates League of Nations principle.
USA: Daylight Saving Act for 31 May-27 October.
 
By the Germans
 
Kurt Preissler appointed as CO of Jasta 30.
Otto Fitzner appointed as CO of Jasta 65.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
Sgt Pierre Bruley(Spa23 Spad VII S5309)KIA over Bois des Caures. 
4th victory of Laurent Ruamps(Spa87 Spad VII): At 10.45 one EA, SE of Bois de Blamont. Shared victory.
 
By the RFC
 
21th and 22th victories of William Barker(28th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6313): At 12.45 one Albatros D.III near Bassiano and at 12.50 a second, N of Cismon(Italian front).
5th victory of Hilliard Bell(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5180): At 10.25 one Albatros D.III over St.Giacomo di Veglia(Italian front).
5th victory of Roy Drummond(111th Sqn Nieuport 27 B3597): At 15.45 one Albatros C over Kefra-Saba.

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#459 Danelov

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 21:09

Mar 20, 1918
 
Western Front
Germany: Final council of war on Operation Michael at German GHQ Avesnes. Record (so far) 190 German divisions in theatre.
Air War
Germany: Iron Cross markings ordered changed to Balkenkreuze(Greek Cross)as from April 15.
Britain: Trenchard tenders resignation but retained till April 15.
Western Front: French capture German observation balloon with(bogus)documents revealing Roland offensive for March 26 in Champagne.
Sea War
Eastern Mediterranean: Allied convoy loses 4 ships to U-boots north of Alexandria, warning of its presence not received.
Britain: Lord Pirrie made Director-General of Merchant Shipbuilding, soon improves repair procedure for damaged ships.
Home Fronts
Germany: Reichstag debates Army seizure of Daimler(Stuttgart).
Britain: Sir E Geddes says world shipping tonnage fell 8% in 1917, Britain’s by 20%; Lord Pirrie made Controller-General, Merchant Shipbuilding. coal, gas and electricity rationing introduced; theatres to close at 10.30pm, restaurants at 10pm.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
3th victory of Del Antonine Gaston Vial(N.315 Nieuport 24): One two-seater.
 
By the RFC
 
6th victory of Gerald Gibbs(17th Sqn S.E.5a B694): At 09.30 one DFW C.V over Cepista. Shared with Capt Acheson Goulding(Macedonian front).
2th victory of Acheson Goulding(17th Sqn S.E.5a B690): At 09.30 one DFW C.V over Cepista. Shared with Capt Gerald Gibbs(Macedonian front).

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#460 Danelov

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 21:10

Mar 21, 1918
 
Western Front
Somme – Second Battle of the Somme and German Spring Offensive begins: German Michael Offensive(or "Kaiser Battle")(until April 5)against BEF. Ludendorff aims to cut off British from French between rivers Oise and Scarpe.
Battle of St Quentin(until March 23): German main attack against British Fifth Army (Gough) on 42-mile southern sector from Gouzeaucourt to Barisis, south of La Fere. German Northern attack on British Third Army (Byng) by 25 divisions of Seventeenth (Below) and Second Armies.
5 hour German bombardment by record 6,473 guns and 3,532 mortars on 43­-mile front vs 2,500 British begins at 0440 hours, shelling 20 miles behind, causing up to 7,500­-8,000 casualties. Lavish use of Blue and Green Cross gas shells is expected to paralyse British artillery (2 million gas shells expended by April 6). German stormtroopers attack in dense mist at various points between 0700 and 0930 hours and advance up to 4 1/2 miles; meet fierce battle zone resistance. Germans advance to Crozat Canal southwest of St Quentin. First of Gough’s reserve divisions in evening action. First 9 German tanks in action.
For 39,929 casualties Germans inflict 38,512 casualties(including 21,000 PoWs), take 532 guns, 46 ruined villages and 98.5 square miles of ground more than Allied 1916 Somme offensive in 141 days.
Artois – British gas attack at Lens: 3,728 projectors fire 57t phosgene; 700 gassed (150 deaths).
Champagne: German attack between Maisons de Cham­pagne and Navarin; hand-to-hand fighting in French forward trenches. Mustard gas attack on US 42nd Division.
Sea War
North Sea – Destroyer action: HMS Botha(from Dunkirk)rams and sinks German coastal torpedo boat A7, one of 2 and 5 destroyers shelling Dunkirk. HMS Morris sinks disabled A19 after pursuing remainder back to Ostend which Dover Patrol monitors shell.
Air War
Western Front: On Michael sector of attack 720 German aircraft(326 fighters)vs 579 RFC(261 fighters)with 31 squadrons. Total German front line strength 3,668 aircraft. Fog hinders early air operations but 36 RFC squadrons see action by end of day losing 16 planes for 14 claimed crashed kills (Germans admit 11 loss and claim 21 Allied planes). British lose 3 observation balloons. 27 German Schlachtstaffeln (168 ground-attacker planes) attack British Third and Fifth Armies.
Home Fronts
Britain: Miners under age 25 lose military service exemption(to recruit 50,000).
USA: Railroad Control Act gives Federal control until 21 months after peace ratification.
 
By the Germans
 
German Kaiserschlacht offensive begins at 04.45 in Picardy with Operation Michael.
2th victory of Gottfried Ehmann(Schlasta 15): One Sopwith.
14th victory of Erich Löwenhardt(Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 13.10 one balloon over Fins.
1th victory of Friedrich Friedrichs(Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 13.55 one balloon over Ruyalcourt.
9th victory of Erik Thomas(Jasta 22 Pfalz D.III): By 16.30 one balloon over Guiscard.
5th and 6th victories of Friedrich von Röth(Jasta 23 Albatros D.Va): By 11.30 one balloon over Marcoing and a second over Beugny.
4th victory of Max Kahlow(Jasta 34 Albatros D.Va): One S.E.5a, N of Poeuilly.
16th victory(and last)of Ludwig Hanstein(CO Jasta 35 Albatros D.Va): At 17.45 one Sopwith Camel over Bapaume. Ltn Hanstein, CO of Jasta 35(16 victories)was killed in the same combat.
Franz Diemer appointed as CO of Jasta 35.
10th victory of Heinrich Arntzen(Jasta 50 Albatros D.III OAW): At 18.05 one balloon over Nanteuil.
Paul Strähle(Jasta 57 Albatros D.V 4594/17)damaged in combat(30 hits)with Sopwith Camels. Strähle sucess in return to base.
12th victory of Fritz Pütter(CO Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): At 14.30 one S.E.5a(B63)over Holnon Wood.
9th victory of Robert von Greim(JG 10 Fokker D.R.I); At 14.25 one Sopwith Camel, SW of Vermand.
Robert von Greim appointed as CO of JG 10. 
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
S/Lt Jules Covin(Spa31 Spad XIII, 6 victories)wounded in action. Died from his wounds.
5th victory of Gilbert de Guingand(Spa48 Spad XIII): At 18.08 one Albatros near Rilly-la-Montagne.
2th victory of Auguste Baux(Spa103 Spad XIII): One Rumpler C near Rilly-la-Montagne. Shared with Adj Léonard Baron and Adj Gaston Tasqué.
1th victory of Léonard Baron(Spa103 Spad XIII): One Rumpler C near Rilly-la-Montagne. Shared with Adj Gaston Tasqué and Sgt Auguste Baux.
1th victory of Gaston Tasqué(Spa103 Spad XIII): One Rumpler C near Rilly-la-Montagne. Shared with Adj Léonard Baron and Sgt Auguste Baux.
1th victory of Andre Barcat(Spa153 Spad XIII): One EA over Cornilette. Shared with S/Lt Gilbert de Guingand.
 
By the RNAS
 
20th, 21th and 22th victories of Stanley Rosevear(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6428): At 07.15 one Albatros D.V over Nieuport and by 07.20 two more over the same area. 
17th victory of Samuel Kinkead(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6409): At 15.50 one Albatros D.V over Nieuport.
9th victory of Maxwell Findlay(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6419): At 07.20 one Albatros D.V, SW of Nieuport. 
8th victory of Herbert Rowley(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6429): At 15.50 one Albatros D.V over Nieuport.
12th and 13th victories of James Glen(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7185): At 11.15 one Albatros D.V near Douai. Shared with Leonard Rochford and at 16.45 one Albatros C, 4 mi E of Bapaume. Shared victory.
11th and 12th victories of Leonard Rochford(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7222): At 11.15 one Albatros D.V, shared with James Glen and at 16.45 one Albatros C. Shared victory.
10th victory of Frederick Armstrong(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7220): At 11.50 one Pfalz D.III over Esquerchin.
6th victory of William Chisam(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7223): At 16.45 one Albatros C, E of Bapaume. Shared victory.
5th victory of Edwin Hayne(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7231): At 16.45 one Albatros C, 4 mi E of Bapaume. Shared victory.
3th victory of Ronald Berlyn(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7224): At 16.45 one Albatros D.V near Boursies. Shared victory.
4th victory of Charles Bartlett(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 N6000): At 18.04 one Fokker D.R.I over Honnecourt. Observer was AGL Walter Naylor.
 
By the RFC
 
5th and 6th victories of Charles Robson(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4673): At 16.15 one Albatros C and one Albatros D.V over Morchies. Shared with Lt Herbert Sellars.
12th victory of James Fitz Morris(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6856): At 14.20 one Albatros D.V over Aubencheul au Bois. 
4th and 5th victories of John MacRae(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6854): At 18.00 one type C over Holnon Wood and at 18.55 one Albatros D.V over the same area. 
15th and 16th victories of Andrew Cowper(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8407): At 14.15 one Albatros D.V over Bellicourt and at 17.00 a second, S of Havrincourt.
10th, 11th and 12th victory of Herbert Richardson(24th Sqn S.E.5a D279): By 14.15-14.20 three Pfalz D.III over Bellicourt.
2th victory of Alfred Hemming(41th Sqn S.E.5a B8267): At 13.45 one Albatros D.V near Bourlon Wood. 
2th victory of Harry Watson(41th Sqn S.E.5a B8235): At 13.50 one Fokker D.R.I over Bullecourt-Bourlon Wood. 
3th, 4th and 5th victories of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9153): At 16.15 one balloon over Biache St. Vaast, at 16.30 one LVG C, W of Douai and at 16.45 a second, E of Marquion.  
3th victory of Harry Robinson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9158): At 12.00 one Albatros D.V over 57C E20.  
1th victory of Alexander Vlasto(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9195): At 11.45 one Albatros D.V over Lagnicourt.
7th victory of William Wells(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4707): At 14.20 one Pfalz D.III, SW of Honnecourt. Observer was Cpl Walter Beales.
7th victory of Leonard Payne(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b): One LVG C. Observer was 2th Lt G.H.H.Scutt.
11th victory of Maurice Mealing(56th Sqn S.E.5a C5389): At 13.15 one Fokker D.R.I over Inchy. 
3th victory of Trevor Durrant(56th Sqn S.E.5a B35): At 13.15 one Albatros D.V over Inchy.
1th victory of Henry Burden(56th Sqn S.E.5a D283): At 13.15 one Albatros D.V over Inchy.
3th victory of William Staton(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): One Fokker D.R.I. Observer was Lt John Gordon.
1th and 2th victories of Thomas Purdom(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): Two Albatros D.V. Observer was Lt Percival Chambers.
8th, 9th and 10th victories of James Slater(64th Sqn S.E.5a B147): At 12.05 one Albatros D.V over Inchy en Artois, at by 13.35 two more over Bourlon Wood.  
11th and 12th victories of Peter Carpenter(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7387): At 12.40 one Hansa-Brandenburg D.I over Ghirano and a second over Cimadolmo(Italian front)   
4th victory of Alan Jerrard(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5648): At 12.45 one Albatros D.III, E of Vazzola(Italian front).
2th victory of Harold Eycott-Martin(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7283): At 12.55 one Berg D.I over Portobuffalo aerodrome(Italian front).
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
1th and 2th victories of Arthur Cobby(No.4 Sqn Sopwith Camel B2535): By 09.05 two Albatros D.V, S of Brebieres.   
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
139th Aero Sqn arrived at Tours Aerodrome, France.
 
By the Italian front
 
ObLtn Ernst Strohschneider(Flik 61J Albatros D.III, 15 victories)crash and killed with Phonix D.I 228.36 in return of a night mission against Italian positions at Zenson di Piave.
 
14th victory of Silvio Scaroni(76a Hanriot HD.1): One Albatros D.III(153.100)of Flik 55J over Cascina Zocchi. Shared with Giorgio Michetti.

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#461 Danelov

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 21:11

Mar 22, 1918
 
Western Front
Somme – Germans overun most of BEF Battle zone. Masses of infantry advance; Germans "leapfrog" fresh divisions through tired troops. British slowly pushed back, 25 tanks(16 lost)and 19th Division counter-attack well at Beugny. Germans capture Epehy and Roisel, cross Crozat Canal and reach Vaux. 2nd of Gough’s reserve divisors enters battle after midnight. Gough decides to fall back on positions east of Somme. Germans claim 16,000 PoWs and 200 guns.
Middle East
First Trans-Jordan ‘Raid’: Shea’s Force(85 casualties)cross swollen river at Hijla against 1,000 Turks with 6 guns for raid on Amman.
Sea War
North Sea: British minesweeping sloop Gaillardia(68 lives lost)mined and sunk due to too shallow-laid Northern Barrage mines. Laying not resumed until April 20. Destroyer HMS Kale mined and sunk (March 27).
Air War
Western Front: 17 RFC squadrons move bases back; operations almost all ground attack(RFC lose 30 to German 11). RFC night bombers destroy 2 ammo dumps.
 
By the Germans
 
1th victory of Willi Gabriel(Schutzstaffel 15): One Spad.
10th victory(and last)of Erik Thomas(Jasta 22 Pfalz D.IIIa): By 16.15 one Sopwith over Jugny.
22th victory of Heinrich Kroll(Jasta 24 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 15.00 one R.E.8 over Genlis Wood.
13th victory of Friedrich Altemeir(Jasta 24 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 14.40 one R.E.8 over Essigny le Grand.
Ltn Fritz Thiede(Jasta 24 Pfalz D.IIIa)downed by AAA, W of Le Fere. Unhurt.
9th victory of Otto Esswein(Jasta 26 Fokker D.R.I): At 15.55 one Scout over Havrincourt.
8th victory of Fritz Loerzer(Jasta 26 Fokker D.R.I): At 15.55 one Sopwith Camel over Griancourt-Flesquires. 
Ltn Hans von Häbler(Jasta 36 Fokker D.R.I 509/17, 8 victories)hit by AAA and land within the British Lines near Bapaume. Häbler was captured and died from his wounds the following day.  
Jasta 53(Albatros D.Va)score their first three aerial victories.
10th and 11th victories of Franz Schleiff(CO Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): By 14.40-14.55 one Sopwith Camel over Verinaux-Vermand and one D.H.4 over Templeux.
6th victory of Hans Böhning(Jasta 79 Pfalz D.IIIa): One S.E.5a over Vermand.
1th victory of Wilhelm Buchstett(Jasta 79 Pfalz D.IIIa): One S.E.5a over Vermand.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
Ltt Maurice Noguès appointed as CO of Spa73.
 
By the RNAS
 
18th victory of Samuel Kinkead(RNAS 1N Sopwith Camel B6211): At 14.10 one Albatros D.V over Slype.
13th victory of Leonard Rochford(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7203): At 12.30 one Albatros D.V near Boursies.
12th victory of Arthur Whealy(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7220): At 12.30 one Albatros D.V over Marquion.
11th victory of Frederick Armstrong(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7218): At 13.00 one Albatros D.V over Marquion.
8th victory of  Edmund Pierce(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7227): At 13.00 one Albatros D.V over Boursies.
7th victory of Aubrey Ellwood(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7229): At 12.30 one Albatros D.V over Marquion. 
3th victory of Louis Bawlf(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7192): At 12.30 one Albatros D.V near Marquion. 
10th, 11th and 12th victory(and last)of Alexander Shook(RNAS 4N Sopwith Camel N6300): At 14.00 two Albatros D.V over Slype and at 14.30 a third Albatros D.V over the same area.
7th victory of Roy Brown(RNAS 9N Sopwith Camel B7270): At 15.30 one type C, NE of Houthoulst.
 
By the RFC
 
9th victory of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1615): At 14.30 one Albatros D.V over Havrincout Wood.
1th victory of Adrian Franklyn(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1611): At 14.30 one Albatros D.V, SE of Havrincourt.
1th victory of George Riley(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1609): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V over Havrincout Wood.
13th victory of Herbert Richardson(24th Sqn S.E.5a D279): By 16.00-17.00 one Pfalz D.III over Péronne.
10th victory of Ronald Mark(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8411): At 15.40 one Albatros D.V, E of Matigny.
17th and 18th victories of George Thomson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1837): At 18.00 one Albatros D.V over Bullecourt and at 18.30 a second, W of Boursies.
6th and 7th victories of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9153): At 14.00 one type C over Bullecourt and at 15.00 a second over the same area, shared this one with Capt Cecil Marchant.
4th and 5th victories of Harry Robinson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9158): At 17.30 one Albatros C over Hendecourt and at 18.00 one LVG C over Bullecourt.  
2th and 3th victories of Horace Debenham(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1659): At 13.30 one Albatros D.V over Doignies and at 14.15 one type C over the same area. 
1th victory of Cecil Marchant(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1554): At one LVG C over Bullecourt, shared with 2th Lt Donald MacLaren.
8th victory of Thomas Colvill-Jones(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4864): At 16.20 one Albatros D.V, SE of Monchy-Legache. Observer was 2th Lt J.A.Galbraith.
5th victory(and last)of Frank Billinge(56th Sqn S.E.5a B4880): At 15.25 one Albatros D.V, SE of Quéant.
5th victory of Kenneth Junor(56th Sqn S.E.5a B536): At 15.50 one Albatros D.V over Havrincourt Wood.
6th victory of Edmund Tempest(64th Sqn S.E.5a C5392): At 17.45 one Pfalz D.III over Pronville.
31th and 32th victories of Frank Granger Quigley(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7475): At 14.00 one Fokker D.R.I ,NE of Havrincourt and at 15.35 one Albatros D.V over Inchy-Bourlon. 
12th and 13th victories of Frank Hobson(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8217): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V, NW of Cambrai and at 15.50 one Albatros C over Sailly.  
8th and 9th victories of Alfred Koch(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1672): At 15.25 one Albatros C, 200 yds SE of Cagnicourt and at 15.35 one Albatros D.V, SE of Lagnicourt.
5th victory of John Todd(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8213): At 15.50 one Fokker D.R.I, SW of Cambrai.
5th and 6th victories of Augustus Orlebar(73th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7282): By 14.30-15.10 two Albatros D.V over Ham.  
1th victory William Stephenson(73th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7302): At 15.05 one Albatros D.V over Marteville.
10th victory(and last)of Frederick Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a B8337): At 11.45 one Pfalz D.III over Fayer.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
5th victory of Robert McKenzie(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C5382): At 15.10 one Albatros D.V over Omissy.
1th, 2th and 3th victories of Henry Forrest(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C9539): By 15.10-15.30, one type C, NE of St. Quentin and two Albatros D.V over Bullecourt. 
2th victory of Roy Phillipps(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C9541): At 15.15 one Fokker D.R.I over Sains les Marquion.
Capt Richard Howard(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a, 8 victories)shot down and fatally wounded near Vermond. Died same day. 
 
By the Italian front
 
10th victory of Stefan Fejes(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.?): One R.E.8 over Susegana-Salleto.
 
4th victory of Antonio Amantea(71a Spad VII): One Aviatik D.I (38.16)from Flik 23 over Pasubio.

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#462 wheelsup_cavu

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 05:14

Lots of good info in this thread. :icon_e_smile:

 

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#463 Danelov

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:15

Mar 23, 1918 
 
Western Front
Somme–Battle of St Quentin ends. British lose line of Crozat Canal: Gough decides to continue retreat to western bank of the Somme. Germans enter Ham and Peronne (evacuated) and pursue to there; some bridges lost more or less intact. French infantry(5 divisions ordered)begin to arrive by lorry to take over front south of Peronne, 1 regiment in action. Byng’s Third Army abandons Flesquieres(Cambrai)Salient.
Paris Gun: 3 special 8.26in Krupp guns(misnamed ‘Big Berthas’)begin daily shelling(303 rounds)of Paris(until August 9)with 23 shots at range of 74 miles(256 killed, 620 wounded). First bombardment 183 shells(until May 1).
Sea War
North Sea: 4 British echo-ranging East Coast stations accurately fix Dover Patrol monitors bombarding Zeebrugge.
Western Mediterranean: Italian minelayer Partenope sunk by UC-67 off Tunisia after firing her last shell.
Air War
Western Front: French fighters reinforce RFC(38 planes lost including 6 in Flanders; Germans claim 29 Allied aircraft for loss of 14)between the Oise and Somme(until March 24)who claim 36 German aircraft as weather improves.
 
By the Germans
 
20th, 21th and 22th victories of Paul Bäumer(Jasta 2 Fokker D.R.I 204/17): At 13.30 one Sopwith Camel(C1564),  S of St. Leger, at 15.45 one R.E.8,  N of Tilloy and at 16.15 one R.E.8,  S of Douai. 
14th victory of Otto Könnecke(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): At 11.25 one R.E.8 over Hervilly.
11th victory of Fritz Rumey(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): At 13.20 one Sopwith Dolphin(C3905)over Cartigny.
Carl Degelow(Jasta 7 Pfalz D.IIIa)crash in landing. Degelow was unjurt but the Pfalz was written off.
7th victory of Ulrich Neckel(Jasta 12 Fokker D.R.I): One Sopwith Camel(C8244)over Ham.
3th victory of Johannes Werner(Jasta 14 Fokker D.R.I): One Bristol F.2b.
Ltn Erik Thomas(Jasta 22 Pfalz D.III, 10 victories)shot down in combat with Spa57. Thomas became POW. 
24th victory of Bruno Loerzer(Jasta 26 Fokker D.R.I): At 14.40 one Sopwith Camel over Beugny.
7th victory of Rudolf Klimke(Jasta 27 Fokker D.R.I): At 09.35 one S.E.5a over Hendecourt.
3th victory of Johann Pütz(Jasta 34 Albatros D.Va): At 13.27 one Airco D.H.4 over Cartigny.
1th victory of Rudolf Stark(Jasta 34 Albatros D.Va): At 13.17 one Airco D.H.4 over Barleux.
6th victory of Robert Heibert(Jasta 46 Albatros D.Va): One Spad.
1th victory of Hans-Helmut von Boddien(CO Jasta 59 Fokker D.R.I): One Airco D.H.4 over Morchies.
11th victory of Rudolf Windisch(CO Jasta 66 Albatros D.Va): One Sopwith 2 over Le Bruin Ferme.
9th victory of Fritz Loerzer(CO JG 3 Fokker D.R.I): One Sopwith Camel, S of Cherisy.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
8th victory of Armand de Turenne(Spa12 Spad VII): One two-seater over la Fère. Shared with Adj Robert Décugis and Adj Claudius Philibert.
2th victory of Claudius Philibert(Spa12 Spad VII): One two-seater over la Fère. Shared with Ltt Armand de Turenne and Adj Robert Décugis.
1th victory of Robert Décugis(Spa12 Spad VII): One two-seater over la Fère. Shared with Ltt Armand de Turenne and Adj Claudius Philibert.
13th and 14th victories of Jean Chaput(Spa57 Spad VII S4280): Two Albatros D.V of Jasta 22 over Coucy-le Château. Shared with Ltt Augustin Lahoulle(both)and the second with S/Lt Claude Marcel Haegelen of Spa100. German pilots were Ltn Hans Unger and Ltn Erich Thomas. 
1th and 2th victories of Augustin Lahoulle(Spa57 Spad VII S2019): Two Albatros D.V of Jasta 22 over Coucy-le Château. Shared with Ltt Jean Chaput(both)and the second with S/Lt Claude Marcel Haegelen of Spa100. German pilots were Ltn Hans Unger and Ltn Erich Thomas. 
Ltt Joseph Lecocq(Spa62 Spad VII)KIA near Crécy-le-Mont.
12th victory of Omer Demeuldre(Spa84 Spad VII): One EA. Shared with Sgt Prouvost.
3th and 4th victories of Claude Marcel Haegelen(Spa100 Spad VII): Two Albatros D.V of Jasta 22, over Coucy-le-Château. Shared with Ltt Jean Chaput and Ltt Augustin Lahoulle. German pilots were Ltn Hans Unger and Ltn Erich Thomas. 
Adj Gaston Tasqué(Spa103 Spad XIII)killed in flying accident near Chery(Marne).
5th victory of Lionel de Marmier(Spa112 Spad VII): One Rumplec C over Frappelle. Shared with Capt Lemaitre and Sgt Fernand Chavannes.
5th victory of Fernand Chavannes(Spa 112 Spad VII): One Rumplec C over Frappelle. Shared with Capt Lemaitre and Lionel de Marmier.
 
By the RNAS
 
13th victory of Arthur Whealy(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7220): At 16.55 one Pfalz D.III over Vaulx.
12th victory of Frederick Armstrong(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7185): At 17.00 one Pfalz D.III over Vaux-Beugnatre.
8th and 9th victories of Aubrey Ellwood(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7229): At 12.35 one Albatros D.V over Marquion and at 17.25 a second over Noreuil. Shared with K.MacLeod.    
 
By the RFC
 
10th, 11th and 12th victories of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1615): At 15.40 one balloon over Queant and by 15.45 two Albatros D.V over the same area.
18th victory of John Leacroft(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3829): At 15.40 one type C near Lille. Shared with Lt Arthur Fairclough.
11th victory of Arthur Fairclough(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3940): At 15.40 one type C near Lille. Shared with Capt John Leacroft. 
11th victory of Wilfred Beaver(20th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1114): At 12.20 one Albatros D.V over Menin-S of Roncq. Observer unknown.
7th and 8th victories(and last)of Robert Kirby Kirkman(20th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1156): At 12.10 one Albatros D.V, E of Wervicq and at 12.45 a second, E of Menin. Observer was Capt John Hedley.
6th victory of David McGoun(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4828): At 11.00 one Albatros D.V over Aunchy en Artois. Observer was 2th Lt F.N.Harrison.
4th victory of George Bulmer(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7251): At 11.00 one Albatros D.V over Bussy. Observer was 2th Lt Percy Williams.
17th and 18th victories of Andrew Cowper(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8407): At 11.45 one type C, E of Matigny, shared with William Wells and Walter Beales and at 18.15 one Rumpler C over Nesle, shared with Lt P.J.Nolan and Conway Farrell.
6th victory of Harold Redler(24th Sqn S.E.5a B7824): At 16.50 one type C, S of Berlancourt.
5th victory of Reuben Hammersley(24th Sqn S.E.5a B9267): At 16.00 one Albatros D.V over St. Simon.
1th victory of Conway Farrell(24th Sqn S.E.5a B63): At 18.15 one Rumpler C over Nesle. Shared with Lt Andrew Cowper.
3th victory of Reginald Rusby(29th Sqn Nieuport 27 B3622): At 10.50 one type C, E of Passchendaele.
8th victory of John Tudhope(40th Sqn S.E.5a B589): At 10.25 one DFW C over Cherisy.
5th and 6th victories of Frank Taylor(41th Sqn S.E.5a C1752): By 11.30 two Albatros D.V over Bourlon Wood. 
2th victory of Ernest Davis(41th Sqn S.E.5a C6396): At 11.30 one Albatros D.V over Bourlon Wood. 
19th, 20th and 21th victories(and last)of George Thomson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6407): By 14.00 three Albatros D.V over Morchies.
8th, 9th and 10th victories of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9153): By 09.00 two Albatros C, N of Croissilles, the second shared with 2th Lt H.P.Blakely and 2th Lt John Smith and at 13.00 one type C over Bullecourt. 
6th and 7th victories of Harry Robinson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5425): At 10.00 one LVG C over Vaulx and at 10.05 a second over the same area.
4th victory of Horace Debenham(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1659): At 09.50 one Albatros D.V over Lagnicourt.
2th, 3th and 4th victories of Cecil Marchant(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9211): At 10.15 one type C over Croisilles, at 10.30 a second over Mory and at 14.10 one Albatros D.V over Morchies.
1th and 2th victories of John Smith(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1685): At 09.30 one Albatros C, N of Croisilles, shared with 2th Lt Donald MacLaren and with 2th Lt H.P.Blakely and at 18.00 one Albatros D.V over Vaux.  
2th victory of Alexander Vlasto(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5428): At 10.00 one LVG C, S of Vaulx.  
1th victory of Maurice Freehill(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9149): At 13.00 one type C over Bullecourt.
1th victory of Roy McConnell(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1572): At 14.10 one Albatros D.V over Morchies.
8th, 9th and 10th victories(and last)of William Wells(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4707): At 11.24 one LVG C, NW of Hem, shared with Lt Andrew Cowper and at 16.25 a second and one Pfalz D.III over Matigny. Observer was Cpl Walter Beales.
12th and 13th victories of Maurice Mealing(56th Sqn S.E.5a C5389): At 07.30 one balloon, S of Pronville and at 07.40 one type C over Moreuil. Shared victory. 
6th victory of Harold Walkerdine(56th Sqn S.E.5a B8266): At 07.40 one type C over Moreuil. Shared with Mealing, Jarvis, Burden, Galley and Maxwell.
3th victory of Louis Jarvis(56th Sqn S.E.5a C5430): At 07.40 one type C over Moreuil. Shared with Mealing, Walkerdine, Burden, Galley and Maxwell.
2th victory of Henry Burden(56th Sqn S.E.5a D283): At 07.40 one type C over Moreuil. Shared with Mealing, Walkerdine, Jarvis, Galley and Maxwell. 
11th and 12th victories of James Slater(64th Sqn S.E.5a B147): At 10.40 one Pfalz D.III over Pronville and at 15.55 one Fokker D.R.I over Graincourt.
2th victory of Charles Bissonette(64th Sqn S.E.5a C9493): At 11.10 one two-seater over Havrincout Wood. 
1th victory of Phillip Scott Burge(64th Sqn S.E.5a B125): At 15.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Bourlon Wood.
33th victory(and last)of Frank Granger Quigley(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7475): At 17.00 one Pfalz D.III over Morchies.
14th victory of Frank Hobson(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8217): At 13.10 one Albatros D.V over Morchies.  
10th victory(and last)of Alfred Koch(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1672): At 08.35 one Albatros D.V, NW of Cambrai.
8th victory(and last)of Kenneth Leask(84th Sqn S.E.5a B637): At 16.55 one Albatros D.V, NE of Ham.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
6th victory(and last)of Robert McKenzie(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C5382): At 09.55 one type C over Brebieres-Vitry.
4th victory of Henry Forrest(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C9539): At 15.15 one type C, NE of Bapaume. 
3th victory of Roy Phillipps(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C9541): At 09.45 one Albatros D.V, N of Bourlon Wood.
2th and 3th victories of Garnet Malley(No.4 Sqn Sopwith Camel B2488): By 16.30 two Albatros D.V over Vaulx.
 
By the Italian front
 
18th victory(and last)of Franz Gräser(Flik 61J Albatros D.III 153.111): One SAML 2 over Noventa di Piave.

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#464 Danelov

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:16

Mar 24, 1918
 
Western Front
Somme: First Battle of Bapaume(until March 25). Separation of BEF and French Armies threatened. Germans destroy 500-strong South African Brigade, cross Somme between Ham and Peronne; farther south they push back Allies and capture Chauny rail junction. At Villeselve 150 British cavalry(73 casualties)charge and inflict 195 casualties, take 3 MGs.
A shaken Petain orders Fayolle above all to keep ‘the solid connection of the French armies and then, if possible, to preserve contact with the British Forces’. At 2300 hours Petain visits Haig and refuses further reserves as he expects main German blow in Champagne at any moment. Haig enquires if he means to abandon BEF right flank and allow Germans to penetrate; Petain nods assent! Haig cables War Office for Wilson and War Minister Milner to come to France at once, emphasizing ‘unless General Foch or some other determined general is given supreme command of the operations … there will be a disaster’.
Air War
Western Front: Waves of 20-80 French bombers intervene in BEF’s Somme battle, Group Fequant from Soissons and Fare­en-Tardenois, with Group Manard from Chalons (March 25), effort especially against German convoys continues (March 26-29). Captain J L Trollope in Sopwith Camel of No 43 Squadron Royal Fling Corps scores 6 victories. Royal Flying Corps lose 65 aircraft to claim of 42 German (17 in Flanders). German claim is 35 Allied for 14 lost. Germans night bomb Albert and Amiens (10 hours interruption to rail traffic).
Germany: Handley Page bomber makes first raid on Cologne since 1914(night March 24-25).
India – Northwest Frontier: 3 bombs kill 14 armed tribesmen at Marri district capital(submits April 19).
Palestine: 8 RFC aircraft bomb Amman.
Southern Fronts
Italian Front: 3 French divisions recalled to Western Front(until March 26); Corsican Graziani replaces Maistre as C-in-C.
Middle East
Palestine: Anzac Mounted Division and Camel Brigade across Jordan, ride 9 miles on Amman in rain and mud; British 60th Division captures El Haud Hill with 3 guns. Now 9,600 British soldiers with 82 guns vs 5,500(maximum)Turks and Germans with c.26 guns.
 
By the Germans
 
1th victory of Christian Kairies(SFS): At 11.30 one Sopwith Camel(B3774)over Nieuport.
2th victory of Otto Creutzmann(Kest 4b): One D.H.4 over Anslingen.
15th victory of Otto Könnecke(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): One R.E.8.
12th victory of Fritz Rumey(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): One R.E.8.
5th victory of Wilhelm Seitz(Jasta 8 Albatros D.Va): One S.E.5a over Epenancourt.
Ltn Kesserling(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I)shot-down by AAA at Bapaume.
14th victory of Friedrich Altemeir(Jasta 24 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 15.45 one Sopwith Camel(C1554), NE of Chauny.
2th victory of Rudolf Stark(Jasta 34 Albatros D.Va): At 13.10 one Sopwith Camel, W of Barleux.
Gustav Gober appointed as CO of Jasta 37.
12th victory(and last)of Franz Schleiff(CO Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): At 10.10 one S.E.5a over Villers-Carbonnel.
1th victory of Wilhelm Zorn(Jasta 60 Albatros D.Va): One Sopwith Camel.
Jasta 63 scored its first aerial victory.
12th, 13th and 14th victories of Rudolf Windisch(CO Jasta 66 Albatros D.Va): One Spad 2 over Bretigny and two Spads over Tergnier.
13th victory of Fritz Pütter(CO Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): At 17.00 one Sopwith Camel over Assainvillers.
Linus Luger(Jasta 79 Pfalz D.IIIa)wounded in combat.
67th victory of Manfred von Richthofen(CO JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 477/17): At 14.45 one 41 Sqn S.E.5a(C1054 or C6399)over Combles.
10th victory of Robert von Greim(CO JG 10 Fokker D.R.I): At 13.14 one S.E.5a over Eterpigny.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
17th victory of Gabriel Guérin(Spa15 Spad VII): One balloon(Drachen)over forêt de Saint-Gobain.
1th victory of Armand Berthelot(Spa15 Spad VII): One EA over forêt de Saint-Gobain.
Cne Georges Madon appointed as CO of Spa38. 
2th victory of Léon Calmon(Spa49 Spad VII): One DFW C of FlAbt 282A forced to land by the French lines. Shared with Ltt Jacques Augier de Moussac.
1th victory of Jacques Augier de Moussac(Spa49 Spad VII): One DFW C of FlAbt 282A forced to land by the French lines. Shared with Léon Calmon.
2th victory of Yves Barbaza(Spa77 Spad XIII): One ballon(Drachen), N of Quessy. Shared with CO Cne Pierre de Mouronval and Ltt John Pierre Battle. 
2th victory of Pierre de Mouronval(CO Spa77 Spad XIII): One ballon(Drachen), N of Quessy. Shared with S/Lt Yves Barbaza and Ltt John Pierre Battle. 
1th victory of John Pierre Battle(Spa77 Spad XIII): One ballon(Drachen), N of Quessy. Shared with CO Cne Pierre de Mouronval and S/Lt Yves Barbaza. 
2th victory of Roger Brétillon(Spa79 Spad VII): One EA over Germaine. Brétillon was awarded same day with the Médaille Militaire.
1th victory of Jean Godric(Spa79 Spad XI): One EA over Sain-Simon. Shared with Cpl Jean Vilbois(Observer)and Sgt Edouard Cournaud.
1th victory of Edouard Cournaud(Spa79 Spad VII): One EA over Sain-Simon. Shared with Cpl Jean Godric and Cpl Jean Vilbois(Observer).
 
By the RNAS
 
14th victory of Arthur Whealy(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7220): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V over Vaulx. Shared victory.
14th victory of Leonard Rochford(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7203): At 17.15 one Albatros D.V near Beaumetz.
13th victory(and last)of Frederick Armstrong(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7218): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V over Vaux. Shared victory.
9th victory of Edmund Pierce(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7227): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V over Vaux. Shared victory.
7th victory(and last)of William Chisam(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7223): At 17.15 one Albatros D.V near Beaumetz.
6th victory of Edwin Hayne(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7231): At 16.55 one Albatros D.V over Vaux. Shared victory. 
4th victory of Louis Bawlf(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7192): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V over Vaux. Shared victory.
4th victory of Ronald Berlyn(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7224): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V near Vaux. Shared with Frederick Armstrong.
2th victory of Frederick Britnell(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel B7228): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V near Vaux. Shared victory.
11th victory of Albert Enstone(RNAS 4N Sopwith Camel N3841): At 11.40 one Albatros D.V, S of Thorout.
16th and 17th victories of William Alexander(RNAS 10N Sopwith Camel B7215): By 09.20 two Albatros D.V over Menin-Roulers.
9th and 10th victories of Harold Mellings(RNAS 10N Sopwith Camel): Two Pfalz D.III.
1th victory of Lawrence Coombes(RNAS 10N Sopwith Camel B6358): At 09.20 one Albatros D.V over Menin-Roulers.
6th victory of George MacKay(RNAS 13N Sopwith Camel B7186): At 11.00 one Pfalz D.III, 2 mi N of Ostend. 
3th victory of John Greene(RNAS 13N Sopwith Camel B3999): At 10.30 one Pfalz D.III, E of Middelkerke.
 
By the RFC
 
3th victory of Acheson Goulding(17th Sqn S.E.5a B690): At 07.00 one Albatros D.III over Tolos(Macedonian front).
19th and 20th victories of John Leacroft(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3829): At 10.50 one Albatros D.V, W of Menin and at 10.55 a second at the same location.
19th victory of Albert Carter(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C4017): At 10.40 one type C, W of Roulers. Shared with Lt Gordon Irving.
1th victory of Gordon Irving(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3838): At 10.40 one type C, W of Roulers. Shared with Maj Albert Carter.
4th and 5th victories of Frank Weare(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4828): By 11.15-11.20 two  Albatros D.V over Cherisy and Vis-en-Artois. Observer was Lt George Hayward.
3th and 4th victories of William Harvey(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7286): By 13.15 two Albatros D.V, SE of Arras. Observer was 2th Lt Hugh Moore.
13th and 14th victories of James Fitz Morris(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6856): At 14.00 one type C over Canizy and at 14.15 one Pfalz D.III over Viefville.  
7th victory of Harold Redler(24th Sqn S.E.5a B7824): At 10.10 one Rumpler C over Pithon, near Ham.
9th victory of William Harrison(40th Sqn S.E.5a B196): At 10.25 one Albatros C over St.Leger.
7th and 8th victories of Frank Taylor(41th Sqn S.E.5a C1752): At 09.00 one Albatros D.V over Vaulx and at 09.50 one balloon over Fontaine les Croiselles.
3th and 4th victories of Alfred Hemming(41th Sqn S.E.5a B8235): At 08.45 one Fokker D.R.I over Vaulx and at 14.55 one Fokker D.R.I, SW of Havrincourt. 
11th and 12th victories of Henry Woollett(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6402): By 11.00 two DFW C, SE of Arras.
1th victory of James Dewhirst(45th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6282): At 10.30 one Berg D.I, 8 mi NW of Asiago.
11th victory of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel): One balloon. 
8th victory of Harry Robinson(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5425): At 16.30 one Albatros C over Sailly-Saillisel.
4th victory of Sydney Smith(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6407): At 16.00 one type C over 57C I 17C.
9th victory of Thomas Colvill-Jones(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4864): At 13.40 one LVG C, E of Ham. Observer was 2th Lt Wishart-Orr.
14th victory(and last)of Maurice Mealing(56th Sqn S.E.5a B182): At 13.15 one Pfalz D.III, W of Tincourt. Arthur Mealing was KIA same day.
3th victory of Thomas Purdom(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): One Albatros D.V. Observer was Lt Percival Chambers.
2th victory of Gerald Birks(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B2497): At 11.45 one type C(69.81), SE of Conegliano(Italian front).
2th victory William Stephenson(73th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6421): At 10.40 one LVG C over Poeuilly.
1th victory of Robert Chandler(73th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9261): At 10.45 one Albatros D.V over Vraignes.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
4th victory of Roy Phillipps(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C9541): At 12.55 one Albatros D.V, NE of Bapaume.
2th victory of Alexander Clark(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a B4895): At 12.30 one Albatros D.V over Vaulx-Bourlon Wood.
 
By the Italian front
 
9th victory(and last)of Georg Kenzian(Flik 55J Albatros D.III): One Sopwith over Val d’Assa.
 
5th victory of Alvaro Leonardi(80a Hanriot HD.1): One Albatros D.III(153.138)of Flik 42J over Follina.

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#465 Danelov

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:16

Mar 25, 1918
 
Western Front
Somme: A gap opens between BEF and French Armies. Germans capture Bapaume, Nesle and Noyon. Gough’s Fifth Army pushed back c.4 miles on 23-mile front. Haig fears Allied armies’ separation only a question of time, asks for 20 French divisions to fight astride Somme and cover Amiens (under heavy bombardment). General Fayolle takes command south of Somme; 7 French infantry divisions and 1 cavalry division now engaged. OHL now claims 45,000 PoWs. Germans oust Third Army from Bapaume. Noyon falls to night assault despite British 18th Division counter­-attack. Gaps opening between BEF and French armies and between British XIX Corps (Watts) and XVIII Corps (Maxse). Crisis of the battle: Gough summons his chief engineer Major-General Grant and directs him to form scratch force (Carey’s Force until April 2) of 3,000 men with 92 MGs including 500 US rail engineers and hold line east of Amiens. Pershing offers Petain 4 US divisions at 2200 hours; 2 relieve French divisions in quiet sectors. Haig, Wilson and Weygand meet at Abbeville.
Air War
Western Front: Over 100 RFC aircraft ground attack to support BEF Third Army.
Eastern Front
Finland: Mannerheim attacks Tampere(until March 28)against bitter resistance. Karelian Finn ski troops raid into Russia and cut railway to Petrograd(until March 26). Last Red attack on Ahvola(Karelia) just fails on March 26.
Middle East
Mesopotamia: RFC Commander Colonel Tennant shot down and captured in D.H.4 at Khan Baghdadi by Euphrates(8 armoured cars rescue him on March 28). RFC air liaison essential in British Khan Baghdadi victory, also make 32 ground attacks dropping 6,344lb of bombs (March 26­-27).
Politics
Sino-Japanese Agreement to resist hostile influences.
Britain: War Cabinet discuss possibility of BEF retreat to Channel ports.
 
By the Germans
 
Ltn Ernst Udet appointed as CO of Jasta 11.
7th victory of Hermann Becker(Jasta 12 Fokker D.R.I): One Sopwith Camel(C8216)over St. Christ. 
1th victory of Wilhelm Kühne(Jasta 18 Fokker D.R.I): One Sopwith Camel over Bapaume.
2th victory of Wilhelm Zorn(Jasta 60 Albatros D.Va): One Sopwith.
68th victory of Manfred von Richthofen(CO JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 477/17): At 15.55 one No.3 Sqn Sopwith Camel(C1562)over road Bapaume-Albert.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
6th victory of Henri Hay de Slade(Spa86 Spad VII): At 10.40 one Rumpler C over Noyon. 
2th victory of Gorman DeFreest Larner(Spa86 Spad VII): At 10.40 one two-seater over Noyon. Shared victory.
 
By the RNAS
 
FltCdr Frederick Armstrong(RNAS 3N Sopwith Camel, 13 victories)killed in action near Ervillers. 
 
By the RFC
 
5th and 6th victories of Alfred Atkey(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7833): At 16.10 one type C over Bapaume-Flers and at 16.15 one Albatros D.V over Bapaume. Observer was Lt J.M.Brisbane.
7th and 8th victories of David McGoun(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4828): By 08.25 two Albatros D.V over St.Ledger. Observer was 2th Lt F.N.Harrison.
6th victory of Hiram Davison(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7243): At 08.00 one Albatros D.V, N of Havrincourt Wood. Observer was 2th Lt Josiah Morgan.
5th victory of William Harvey(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7286): At 08.25 one Albatros D.V over St.Ledger. Observer was 2th Lt Hugh Moore.
1th victory of Stanley Puffer(41th Sqn S.E.5a B8271): At 10.40 one Albatros D.V over Sailly.
1th victory of William Gillespie(41th Sqn S.E.5a B8254): At 10.50 one Albatros D.V over Sailly.
13th victory of Henry Woollett(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6402): At 12.50 one Albatros D.V, S of Arras.
12th victory of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9153): At 17.15 one type C. 
15th victory(and last)of Frank Hobson(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8217): At 16.45 one Albatros D.V, N of Bapaume-Cambrai road.  
7th and 8th victories of William Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a C9267): By 09.20-09.30 two type C over Flers, the second shared with Capt Robert Grosvenor.
5th victory of Robert Grosvenor(84th Sqn S.E.5a C1077): At 09.30 one LVG C over Flers, shared with 2th Lt William Brown.
 
By the Italian front
 
30th victory of Godwin Brumowski(Flik 41J Albatros D.III 153.45): One SIA 7b , S of Oderzo.
 
2th victory of Giulio Lega(76a Hanriot HD.1): One unknown fighter type over Montello. Shared with Fanti and Retino.

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#466 Danelov

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:17

Mar 26, 1918
 
Western Front
Doullens Conference between Clemenceau, Lord Milner, Haig, Petain and Foch(all but Haig met at Compiegne at 1700 hours on March 25). At Haig’s proposal Foch appointed to co-ordinate Allied movements(President Wilson approves on March 29). Foch immediately switches Debeney’s First French Army from St Mihiel sector towards Amiens and asks both Haig and Petain to maintain a united front. Petain makes a pessimistic report on his plans to fortify and defend Amiens 20 miles behind front. Foch retorts: ‘We must fight in front of Amiens. We must stop where we are now. As we have not been able to stop the Germans on the Somme, we must not retire a single centimetre!’
Somme: German 3rd Marines and 54th Reserve Divisions enter Albert. British Whippet light tanks first time in action: 12 rout 2 German battalions, helping ANZAC troops to plug Hebuterne-Collincamps gap in Third Army front after 22-mile retreat in 5 days. Germans capture Roye from the French.
Middle East
Mesopotamia–Battle of Khan Baghdadi(until March 27): Brooking’s c.11,000 men, 48 guns, 16 planes, 13 armoured cars and 300 Ford vans storm 2 Turk trench lines and cut Aleppo road trapping 5,254 PoWs (including Nazim Bey, commander 50th Division), 12 guns and 47 MGs for 159 casualties.
Sea War
St George’s Channel: Royal Navy PC-51 depth charges and sinks U-61, sinker of 36 ships(90,770t)since 1916.
Air War
Western Front: British Third Army uses 27 of its 34 RFC squadrons or over 250 aircraft for close support, total 29t(c.1437)bombs and 228,000 rounds by formations of up to 60 aircraft. RFC lose 50 planes(Germans claim 12 for loss of 5) for 10 German claimed. Both sides night bomb. RFC drop record of 1,326 bombs.
Home Fronts
Britain: Churchill cables all factories for increased output and Easter holidays’ deferment(over 1,500 firms do). Assures War Cabinet 2,000 guns ready for BEF by April 6. Light, Heating and Power Order, no lighting in public places after 10.30pm.
 
By the Germans
 
8th victory of Theo Osterkamp(Marine Feld Jagdstaffell Pfalz D.IIIa): One Sopwith Camel.
1th victory of Eduard Blass(MFJ II Pfalz D.IIIa): One Sopwith Camel, NW of Dixmude.
Hans Groth(MFJ II Pfalz D.IIIa 5923/17)killed in combat with Sopwith Camels from RNAS 4N.
4th victory of Richard Plange(Jasta 2 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.15 one Sopwith Dolphin over Grevillerswald.
4th victory of Siegfried Gussman(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.00 one Sopwith Camel, N of Albert.
10th victory of Otto Esswein(Jasta 26 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.45 one Sopwith Dolphin.
9th victory of Otto Fruhner(Jasta 26 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.20 one S.E.5a over Tamechon Wood.
1th victory of Erich Buder(Jasta 26 Fokker D.R.I): One R.E.8, NW of Bapaume.
1th victory of Claus Riemer(Jasta 26 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.00 one Sopwith Dolphin over Bihucourt.
1th victory of Helmut Lange(Jasta 26 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.30 one Sopwith Dolphin over St.Pierre.
69th and 70th victory of Manfred von Richthofen(CO JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 477/17): At 16.45 one No.1 Sqn S.E.5a(B511)S of Contalmaison and at 17.00 one No.15 Sqn R.E.8(B742)2km NE of Albert, Somme.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
12th victory of Hector Garaud(Spa38 Spad XIII): One Rumpler C.VII(6484/17)of FlAbt 270 over Châlons-sur-Marne. Garaud was wounded in the mission. Crew POW.
6th victory of Pierre Marinovitch(Spa94 Spad VII): One two-seater near côte de Caurel. Shared with Ltt André Laganne and Cal André Martin.
2th victory of André Laganne(Spa94 Spad VII): One two-seater near côte de Caurel. Shared with Adj Pierre Marinovitch and Cal André Martin.
1th victory of André Martin(Spa94 Spad VII): One two-seater near côte de Caurel. Shared with Ltt André Laganne and Adj Pierre Marinovitch.over Dixmude. Shared with Belgian Spad.
 
By the RNAS
 
9th, 10th and 11th victories of Ronald Keirstead(RNAS 4N Sopwith Camel N6389): By 17.00 thee Pfalz D.III, W of Dixmude, over Pervyse-Dixmude and the third over Dixmude, shared with Belgian Spad.
3th and 4th victories of Charles Hickey(RNAS 4N Sopwith Camel B3892): By 17.00 two Pfalz D.III, NE and 2 mi E of Dixmude.
11th victory(and last)of Fred Banbury(RNAS 9N Sopwith Camel B7247): At 07.25 one type C, 1 mi S of Becelaere.
 
By the RFC
 
2th victory of Harry Rigby(1th Sqn S.E.5a B4851): At 17.10 one Albatros D.V over Bapaume.
Capt Herbert Hamilton(1th Sqn S.E.5a)hit by one Fokker Triplane and forced to land. 
1th victory of Herbert Gould(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7989): At 17.30 one Albatros D.V over Bihucourt. Observer was Lt J.M.Brisbane.
13th victory of Ernest Elton(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1162): At 12.45 one Pfalz D.III, E of Albert. Observer was Lt Roland Critchley.
7th victory of Hiram Davison(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7243): At 12.45 one Pfalz D.III, E of Albert. Observer was 2th Lt Josiah Morgan.
6th and 7th victories of Frank Weare(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1217): By 12.45 two Pfalz D.III, E of Albert. Observer was Lt George Hayward.
14th victory of Herbert Richardson(24th Sqn S.E.5a D279): At 14.30 one type C over Dreslincourt.
11th victory of Ronald Mark(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8411): At 17.00 one type C over Guyencourt.
8th victory of Harold Redler(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1081): At 09.30 one Rumpler C over Estrées-Barleaux.
10th victory of William Harrison(40th Sqn S.E.5a B189): At 17.40 one Albatros D.V over Authuille.
4th, 5th and 6th victories of William Staton(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): Three EA. Observer was Lt John Gordon.
4th and 5th victories of Thomas Purdom(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): Two EA. Observer was Lt Percival Chambers.
1th victory of Douglas Savage(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): One EA. Observer was 2th Lt Louis Thompson.
1th victory of Ernest Morrow(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): One EA, E of Nurlu. Observer was Lt Horace Merritt.
12th victory of John Gilmour(65th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5612): At 11.25 one type C, NW of Lille.

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#467 Danelov

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:18

Mar 27, 1918
 
Western Front
Britain: BEF weekly officer casualties record 6,325 since March 21.
Somme: Turning point in great offensive(by Rupprecht). French ousted from Montdidier(c.50 miles from Paris), key railhead for reinforcements to Amiens, by Hutier’s Germans, but checked by Fayolle between Lassigny and Noyon.
Battle of Rosieres: British XIX Corps takes 800 PoWs and holds firm by the Somme. In Allied centre Germans capture Proyart, Morcourt and Lamotte-Warfusee and are 12 miles East of Amiens. Still a 10-mile gap between the British and French armies. Foch orders ‘lose not another metre of ground!’ Dismounted cavalry halt key German thrust 11 miles east of Amiens as 3rd Australian Division (Monash) comes up.
Air War
Western Front: JG 1 shoots down 13 RFC planes(39 lost in all)over Albert(3 credited to Richthofen)without loss. Schlachtstaffeln attack 4 villages on Somme and Ancre. RFC drops record of 50t bombs and fires 313,345 MG rounds. On whole front Germans admit 6 losses for 34 Allied victims. Commander Second Lieutenant A McLeod wins posthumous VC for repelling 3 Fokker Triplanes and his saving his wounded observer.
Middle East
Palestine: Allenby warned to stay on defensive and spare troops for France(9 Yeo regiments on March 26). Anzac Mounted Division attacks and temporarily isolates Amman, but second attack fails on March 28 as Turk Fourth Army C-in­-C Djemal Kuchuk takes over German-stiffened defence.
Sea War
North Sea: 5 minelaying British destroyers sink 3 German armed trawlers(72 PoWs)70 miles northwest of Heligoland Bight.
 
By the Germans
 
9th victory of Karl Gallwitz(Jasta 2 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.00 one Bristol F.2b(B1156), S of Albert.
5th and 6th victories of Richard Plange(Jasta 2 Fokker D.R.I): One R.E.8 and one S.E.5a, SW of Albert.
2th victory of Hermann Vallendor(Jasta 2 Fokker D.R.I): One S.E.5a, NW of Albert.
10th victory of Wilhelm Reinhard(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.40 one Airco R.E.8, S of Morcourt.
5th victory of Franz Hemer(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 07.50 one Sopwith Dolphin, SE of Albert. 
4th victory of Johann Janzen(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 09.20 one R.E.8, S of Aveluy Wood.
2th and 3th victories of Hans Kirschstein(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 15.20 one A.W.F.K.8(B5773)SW of Albert and at 15.25 one Sopwith Camel(C1570), NE of Albert.
15th victory of Erich Löwenhardt(Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 07.50 one 25th Sqn Airco D.H.4, W of Miraumont.
2th victory of Friedrich Friedrichs(Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 08.50 one 40th Sqn S.E.5a behind the German lines.
21th victory of Ernst Udet(CO Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.50 one R.E.8 over Albert.
5th victory of Edgar Scholtz(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 12.05 one Bristol F.2b, S of Albert.
13th victory of Harald Auffarth(CO Jasta 29 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 07.15 one S.E.5a((D4507)of 40th Sqn over Bray-sur-Somme. 2th Lt F.C.B. Wedwood POW.
2th victory of Karl Pech(Jasta 29 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 07.15 one Sopwith Camel(C1576)of 3th Sqn over Albert. 2th Lt T.F.Rigby KIA.
1th victory of Alfred Hübner(Jasta 36 Fokker D.R.I): At 08.00 one Airco D.H.4 over Aveluy Wood.
10th and 11th victories of Franz Ray(Jasta 49 Albatros D.Va): At 10.55 one R.E.8 over Albert and at 20.30 a second over Meteren.
1th victory of Hermann Habich(Jasta 49 Albatros D.Va): At 11.00 one Airco D.H.5(A7767)over Bapaume.
Obltn Frank Schleiff(CO Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va)severely wounded in action. Amputed of his left hand and retired of operations.
Gefr Sielemann(Jasta 57 Albatros D.V)shot down in combat. Sielemann was captured and became POW. 
OffStv Schüschke(Jasta 64 Pfalz D.IIIa)shot down by Sgt Eugene Prévost of Spa68. Pilot POW and aircraft recovered and displayed at Nancy.
71th, 72th and 73th victories of Manfred von Richthofen(JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 127/17): At 09.00 one 73 Sqn Sopwith Camel(C6733)over Ancre, N of Albert, at 16.30 one 2 Sqn Armstrong Wirthworth F.K.8(B288)2km W of Foucaucourt and at 16.35 one 79th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin(C4016)1km N of Chuignolles.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
1th victory of Roger Poupon(Spa37 Spad VII): One ballon(Drachen). Shared with Sgt Louis Marot.
1th victory of Louis Marot(Spa37 Spad VII): One ballon(Drachen). Shared with Ltt Roger Poupon.
S/Lt André Willemin(Spa67 Spad VII)KIA over the German lines.
Sgt Eugene Prévost(Spa68 Spad VII)hit one Pfalz D.IIIa of Jasta 64(OffStv Schüschke). Pilot POW and aircraft recovered and displayed at Nancy.
5th and 6th victories of Laurent Ruamps(Spa87 Spad VII): By 17.10 two EA over Lagarde. Shared with Adj Maurice Bizot and Charles Macé.
1th and 2th victories of Maurice Bizot(N.90 Nieuport 24): By 17.10 two EA over Lagarde. Shared with Sgt Charles Macé and Adj Laurent Ruamps.
1th and 2th victories of Charles Macé(N.90 Nieuport 24): By 17.10 two EA over Lagarde. Shared with Sgt Maurice Bizot and Adj Laurent Ruamps.
1th victory of Léon Bourjade(N.152 Nieuport 27): At 12.15 one balloon(Drachen)over Geberschweiler.
 
By the RNAS
 
6th victory of Euan Dickson(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 A7620): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V over Rainecourt. Observer was FSL Stewart.
5th victory of Charles Bartlett(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 N6000): At 10.45 one Albatros D.V over Fontaine. Observer was AGL Walter Naylor.
 
By the RFC
 
5th victory of Percy Clayson(1th Sqn S.E.5a A8908): At 09.35 one Albatros D.V over Achiet le Grand.
13th victory of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1615): By 07.00 one LVG C over Fricourt. Shared with Lt George Riley and Lt W.C.Dennett.
2th victory of George Riley(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel): At 07.00 one LVG C over Fricourt. Shared with Capt Douglas Bell and Lt W.C.Dennett.
3th victory of Frederick McCall(13th Sqn R.E.8 B5090): At 13.30 one Rumpler C, S of Tilloy. 
8th and 9th victories of Hiram Davison(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1164): At 11.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Albert and at 11.35 a second, SE of Albert. Observer was 2th Lt Josiah Morgan.
R.D.Kennedy(23th Sqn Spad XIII B6848)shot down in combat. 
19th victory of George McElroy(24th Sqn S.E.5a A8900): At 15.20 one Albatros D.V over Chipilly.
2th victory of John Pugh(25th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7913): At 15.10 one Siemens-Schuckert D.III over Faucaucourt. Observer was Sgt A.H.Muff.
14th and 15th victories of Henry Woollett(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6402): At 16.25 two balloons, S of Arras.
11th victory(and last)of John Firth(45th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6423): At 12.05 one Albatros D.V over Ceggia(Italian front).
8th victory of Thomas Williams(45th Sqn Sopwith Camel B3887): At 12.05 one Albatros D.III over Ceggia(Italian front).
13th victory of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9153): At 15.30 one Junkers J.I over 57 D Q 12.
5th and 6th victories of Charles Napier(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4886): By 11.20 one type C and one Pfalz D.III, SW of Roye. Observer was 2th Lt J.M.Moore.
2th victory of Frank Ransley(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4628): At 15.20 one LVG C over Morlancourt. Observer was 2th Lt J.M.J.Moore.
7th victory(and last)of Harold Walkerdine(56th Sqn S.E.5a B8266): At 13.15 one Albatros D.V, SE of Bray. Shared with Louis Jarvis.
4th victory of Louis Jarvis(56th Sqn S.E.5a C5430): At 13.15 one Albatros D.V, SE of Bray. Shared with Lt Harold Walkerdine. 
14th victory of Frank Johnson(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): One EA. Observer was Sgt C.Brammer.
1th, 2th and 3th victories of Hugh Nangle(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): Three EA. Observer was Lt Samuel Parry. 
6th, 7th and 8th victories(and last)of Roy Drummond(111th Sqn Nieuport 27 B3597): By 08.30-08.45 three Albatros D.V, NE of Purdisia and over Teiyibeh.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
2th and 3th victories of Eustace Headlam(No.1 Sqn Bristol F.2b): By 07.45 two AEG C over Amman. Observer was Lt Walter Kirk.
5th and 6th victories of Roy Phillipps(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C9541): At 12.00 one Fokker D.R.I over Suzanne and at 12.25 one type D over Méaulte.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
3th victory of William Thaw(103th Aero Sqn Spad VII): One Scout over Sommepy. Shared with Capt James Normal Hall and Lt C.W.Ford.
3th victory of James Norman Hall(103th Aero Sqn Spad VII): One Albatros two-seater over St.Etienne-a-Arnes. 

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#468 Danelov

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:18

Mar 28, 1918
 
Western Front
USA: Pershing places AEF units at Foch’s disposal.
Artois: Fourth Battle of Arras. Ludendorffs Operation Mars fails bloodily with 9 divisions against 4 to clear northern flank of his ‘bulge’ against British Third Army and Arras itself. Local German attacks towards Amiens gain 3 miles; Germans take Hamel, Mezieres and Demuin, but fail to cut off XIX Corps’ retreat from Rosieres. At 1630 hours Rawlinson replaces Gough (recalled). French counter-attacks recapture 3 villages. Ludendorff orders completion of prepara­tions for reduced Flanders Operation Georgette. In the estimated 8-10 days before(actually 12 days)he orders all efforts be made to secure Amiens. King visits BEF until March 30.
Air War
Western Front: RFC lose 58 planes in low-level operations(7 German planes shot down)dropping 40t bombs and firing 242,000 rounds.
Middle East
Mesopotamia: British armoured cars capture Ana, its radio station and drive 73 miles beyond until March 29.
Sea War
Atlantic: Submarine-cruiser U-157 investigates Spanish liner Infanta Isabel de Bourbon.
 
By the Germans
 
Hans Georg von der Osten(Jasta 4 Pfalz D.IIIa)shot down by a British fighter. Von der Osten was wounded and retired of operations.  
1th victory of Viktor von Pressentin von Rautter(Jasta 4 Pfalz D.IIIa). At 09.30 one Sopwith Camel, NE of Suzanne.
13th victory of Fritz Rumey(Jasta 5 Fokker Albatros D.Va): At 09.10 one Sopwith Camel over Bray-sur-Somme.
11th victory of Hans Weiss(Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 11.15 one Bristol F.2b over Sailly.
22th victory of Ernst Udet(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 09.10 one Sopwith Camel(C8244)over Albert-Bapaume.
2th victory of Robert Hildebrand(Jasta 13 Fokker D.R.I): One Spad over Pondry.
4th victory of Johannes Werner(Jasta 14 Fokker D.R.I): At 09.55 one Sopwith Camel near Bailleul.
1th victory of Hugo Schäfer(Jasta 15 Fokker D.R.I): At 12.35 one Bréguet or R.E.8 over Foucaucourt.
3th victory of Karl Bohny(Jasta 17 Albatros D.Va): At 14.25, 82th Sqn Bristol Armstrong Whitworth FK 8 C8456 over Marquevillers.
4th victory of Arthur Rahn(Jasta 19 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.30 one Bréguet 14, SE of Amiens.
1th victory of Emil Koch(Jasta 32 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 10.10 one S.E.5a over Mercatel.
11th and 12th victories of Paul Billik(CO Jasta 52 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 09.50 one Sopwith Camel(B2395)over Fampoux and at 10.10 a second(C8267)over Sailly. 
2th victory of Josef Hohly(Jasta 65 Albatros D.Va): One AR2, E of Verdun.
74th victory of Manfred von Richthofen(JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 127/17): At 12.20 one 82 Sqn Armstrong Wirthworth F.K.8(C8444)near Mericourt.
11th victory of Robert von Greim(JG 10 Fokker D.R.I): One Airco D.H.4 over Viller Bretonneux.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
1th victory of Raymond Boudou(Spa48 Spad VII): One EA near Dammery. 
Ltt Joseph Pozzo di Borgo(Spa57 Spad XIII S3072)hit in combat and forced landing in enemy territory. POW.
31th victory of René Fonck(Spa103 Spad XIII): At 10.30 one two-seater, E of Montdidier.
 
By the RNAS
 
6th, 7th and 8th victories(and last)of Charles Bartlett(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 N6001): By 10.00 three Fokker D.R.I over Raincourt. Observer was AGL Walter Naylor.
7th victory of Euan Dickson(RNAS 5N Airco D.H.4 A7620): At 09.50 one Pfalz D.III over Foucaucourt. Observer was FSL Stewart.
 
By the RFC
 
9th and 10th victories(and last)of Guy Moore(1th Sqn S.E.5a C1083): At 08.40 one LVG C over Gavrelle, shared with Lt Francis Magoun and at 14.05 one DFW C over Bazetin. 
3th and 4th victories of Francis Magoun(1th Sqn S.E.5a C5306): At 08.40 one LVG C, N of Oppy, shared with Capt Guy Moore and at 08.55 one Albatros D.V over Quiery.
6th victory of Thomas Purdom(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): At 10.05 one EA over Sailly. Observer was Lt Percival Chambers.
2th victory of Gordon Apps(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5190): At 15.20 one Albatros D.III over Spresiano(Italian front).
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
94th Aero Squadron first combat patrol led by Maj Raoul Lufbery. Not enemy contact was made.   

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#469 Danelov

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:19

Mar 29, 1918
 
Western Front
Somme: German offensive slackens, along Ancre north of Somme, quiet phase begins until April 3. Kaiser briefed at Mons. Lüttwitz’s III Corps drives Anglo-French back up to 2 miles on 7-mile front between the Avre and Luce.
Eastern Front
Ukraine: German 2nd Cavalry Division occupies Poltava.
Home Fronts
France: Paris Gun causes 165 civilian casualties in Church of St Gervais. Senate votes 1919 class call up.
Britain: First Good Friday newspapers due to grave war news.
Politics
USA: Lloyd George cables Wilson for immediate commitment of US troops plus 120,000 per month to Europe(Clemenceau also on March 31).
Austria: Czernin urges Emperor Charles to launch Italian Front attack to support Hindenburg.
 
By the Germans
 
3th victory of Karl Schattauer(Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): One Sopwith Camel, NW of Abancourt.
6th victory of Dieter Collin(Jasta 22 Pfalz D.III): At 16.45 one Spad.
Jasta 47(Pfalz D.IIIa)relocated at Fachez airfield(6.Armee sector of operations).
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
32th and 33th victories of René Fonck(Spa103 Spad XIII): At 18.30 one scout over Montdidier and at 18.35 a second over the same location. Five minutes of combat.
 
By the RFC
 
3th victory of Harry Rigby(1th Sqn S.E.5a C1113): At 06.45 one type C over Wytschaete.
14th, 15th and 16th victories(and last)of Ernest Elton(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1162): By 15.30 one type C over Rosières, at 15.35 a second over Lihons and at 15.40 a third over Vauvillers. Observer was Lt Roland Critchley.
10th and 11th victories(and last)of Hiram Davison(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b A7243): At 15.30 one type C, SE of Hangard and at 16.10 one Rumpler C, E of Bervillers. Observer was 2th Lt Josiah Morgan.
8th victory of Frank Weare(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1164): At 15.45 one Albatros D.V over Guillancourt. Observer was Lt George Hayward.
20th and 21th victories of George McElroy(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1800): At 15.30 one Albatros D.V over Foucaucourt and at 15.45 one DFW C, E of Warfusée.
19th victory(and last)of Andrew Cowper(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8411): At 15.00 one Albatros C over Warfusée.
 
By the Italian front
 
4th victory of Ernesto Cabruna(77a Spad VII): One unknown fighter type(“Red”)over Ponte di Piave.

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#470 Danelov

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:19

Mar 30, 1918
 
Western Front
Somme: British, Australian and Canadian troops(including 1,400 cavalry)counter­attack, recapture most of Moreuil Wood and 3 other woods. Marwitz’s 8 divisions gain only a mile, now 11 miles east of Amiens. French heavily engaged on 25­-mile front between Moreuil and Lassigny as 14 Germans divisions gain 2 miles on average, capturing 6 villages and doubling Avre bridgehead.
Middle East
Palestine: Third attack on Amman fails against citadel, night retreat ordered. NZ Brigade covers it on March 31.
Armenia: Turk I Caucasian Corps takes old Karaurgan frontier post, patrols penetrate c.8 miles.
Air War
Italian Front: Lieutenant Jerrard in Sopwith Camel of No.66 Squadron RFC(taken PoW) wins Victoria Cross for destroying 3 of 6 out of 19 Austrian fighters engaging 3 Camels.
Western Front: RFC personnel loss of 199 since March 24 highest weekly total of war until September 15-21.
 
By the Germans
 
First Fokker D.VII delivered to operational units.
8th victory of Heinrich Geigl(CO Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): One Bristol F.2b over Villers Bretonneux.
2th victory of Claus Riemer(Jasta 26 Fokker D.R.I): At 07.20 one S.E.5a over Arras.
Uffz Marczinke(Jasta 30 Pfalz D.IIIa 8278/18)shot down by AAA. Marczinke became POW.
3th victory of Rudolf Stark(Jasta 34 Albatros D.Va): At 12.30 one No.79 Sqn Sopwith Dolphin(C3791), E of Vaire. Pilot, 2th Lt H.Browne became POW.
Heinrich Bongartz(Jasta 36 Fokker D.R.I 414/17)hit by AAA. He made a forced landing, damaging engine, cowling and leading edge of top wing.
14th victory of Fritz Pütter(CO Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): At 09.50 one balloon over Assainvillers.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
18th and 19th victories of Gabriel Guérin(Spa15 Spad VII): One two-seater, N of Montdidier, shared with S/Lt Antoine Cordonnier and S/Lt Bernard of Spa57 and one EA, SW of Bourguignon, shared with S/Lt William Herisson and Adj Marcel Delaruelle, both of Spa75.
1th victory of Antoine Cordonnier(Spa15 Spad VII): One two-seater, N of Montdidier, shared with S/Lt Gabriel Guérin and S/Lt Bernard of Spa57.
2th victory of Jacques Gerard(Spa65 Spad XIII): One EA over Lagny.
7th victory of William Herisson(Spa75 Spad XIII): One scout over Bouriguignos. Shared with Adj Delaurelle and S/Lt Gabriel Guérin.
 
By the RNAS
 
2th victory of John Gamon(RNAS 5N Airco N6004): At 09.12 one Fokker D.R.I over Villers-Bretonneux. Observer was 2th Lt F.G.Stringer.
 
By the RFC
 
6th victory of William Harvey(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4894): One balloon, NE of Albert. Observer was 2th Lt Hugh Moore.
11th, 12th and 13th victories(and last)of Harold Hamersley(60th Sqn S.E.5a C5385): At 10.35 one LVG C over Mametz Wood and by 11.15 two Albatros D.V over Fricourt-Hem.
6th victory of William Duncan(60th Sqn S.E.5a C9536): At 11.50 one LVG C over Becourt. Shared with 2th Lt John Griffith.
4th victory of Herbert Hegarty(60th Sqn S.E.5a C5381): At 11.10 one Albatros D.V, S of Albert. 
3th victory of John Griffith(60th Sqn S.E.5a C1069): At 11.50 one LVG C over Becourt. Shared with Capt William Duncan.
13th victory of James Slater(64th Sqn S.E.5a D289): At 11.50 one type C over Croiselles. Shared with Lt Philip Burge. 
2th victory of Phillip Scott Burge(64th Sqn S.E.5a B76): At 11.50 one type C over Croisilles. Shared with Lt W.C.Daniels and Lt Bernard Walkerdine.
13th victory of Peter Carpenter(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7387): At 11.40 one Albatros D.III, S of Mansue(Italian front). 
5th, 6th and 7th victories(and last)of Alan Jerrard(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5648): At 11.41 one Albatros D.III, 3 mi S of Mansue, at 11.45 a second over Mansue and at 11.50 a third, 5 mi N of Mansue. Jerrard was shot down by Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg from 51J the same day and captured. He managed to escape several months later(Italian front).
3th and 4th victories of Harold Eycott-Martin(66th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7283): At 11.40 one Albatros D.III over Mansue and at 11.51 a second over the same area(Italian front).
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
5th victory of Henry Forrest(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C9539): At 08.00 one type C over Quesnel.
3th victory of Arthur Cobby(No.4 Sqn Sopwith Camel B2535): At 12.15 one Pfalz D.III, SE of Arras.
 
By the Italian front
 
14th victory of Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.155): At 11.50 one Sopwith Camel over Gorgo del Molino. Pilot, ace Alan Jerrard, became POW. 
11th victory of Stefan Fejes(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.142): One Sopwith Camel near Oderzo.

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#471 Danelov

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 16:24

Mar 31, 1918 
 
Western Front
Easter Day: Germans claim 75,000 PoWs and c.1m000 guns captured since March 21. German Army peak ration strength 7,917,170 men.
Somme: Indecisive fighting. Hofacker’s LI Corps recaptures woods lost on March 30. Ludendorff orders April 4 thrust for Amiens after supplies brought up. British capture then lose Hangard; slight French advance between Montdidier and Lassigny.
BEF March losses 173.721 soldiers, second worst month of war, including 124,462 infantry and cavalry since March 21.
Eastern Front
Ukraine: Germans form new Army Group Eichhorn(18 divisions)at Kiev for Ukraine occupation, CoS Groener to organise railways; Linsingen removed and Bugarmee dissolved.
Sea War
Black Sea: Battlecruiser Goeben carries Central Powers Armistice Commission to Odessa.
Allied and neutral shipping losses during March: 169 ships(79 British with 490 lives worth 244,814t(British 199,458t including 3 mined). U-boots figure 190 ships worth 368,746t, including 68 ships of 128,620t in Mediterranean(4 to Austrians); 5 U-boots sunk(2 to unknown cause).
Air War
Western Front: 822 German aircraft supporting Ludendorff Offensive vs 645 British, but only 3 Anglo-German combats as Germans claim 19 Allied aircraft for loss of 4. BEF Fifth Army’s anti-aircraft guns claim 17 aircraft since March 21. Germans admit March loss of 161 aircraft and claim 447 Allied.
 
By the Germans
 
8th victory of Hermann Becker(Jasta 12 Fokker D.R.I): One Spad XIII, W of Montdidier. 
8th victory of Ulrich Neckel(Jasta 12 Fokker D.R.I): One Spad XIII, W of Montdidier.
2th victory of Hugo Schäfer(Jasta 15 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.30 one Spad, W of Montdidier.
9th victory of Heinrich Geigl(CO Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): One D.H.4 over Beugnatre.
4th victory of Karl Schattauer(Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): One S.E.5a over Abancourt.
4th victory of Hans Körner(Jasta 19 Fokker D.R.I): One Spad, E of Montdidier.
18th victory of Walter Göttsch(Jasta 19 Fokker D.R.I): One AR2, E of Montdidier.
4th victory of Hermann Leptien(CO Jasta 63 Albatros D.Va): One Sopwith Camel.
1th victory of Martin Johns(Jasta 63 Albatros D.Va): One Spad or Sopwith Camel over Rollot.
Vfw Friedrich Neubauer(Jasta 63 Albatros D.Va)KIA near Rollot.
15th victory of Fritz Pütter(CO Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): At 14.10 one Bréguet 14 over Guerbigny.
7th victory of Hans Böhning(Jasta 79 Pfalz D.IIIa): One French two-seater over Varennes.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
764 Spad XIII delivered.
2th victory of Roger Poupon(Spa37 Spad VII): One Albatros D.V of Jasta 63 near Rollot. Shared with S/Lt Bernard Barny de Romanet and Mdl Marc Coupillaud.
2th victory of Bernard Barny de Romanet(Spa37 Spad VII): One Albatros D.V of Jasta 63 near Rollot. Shared with Ltt Roger Poupon and Mdl Marc Coupillaud.
1th victory of Marc Coupillaud(Spa37 Spad VII): One Albatros D.V of Jasta 63 near Rollot. Shared with Ltt Roger Poupon and S/Lt Bernard Barny de Romanet.
1th victory of Julien Gourdon(Spa37 Spad VII): One Albatros over the German lines. Shared with Cpl René Francisquet.
1th victory of René Francisquet(Spa37 Spad VII): One Albatros over the German lines. Shared with Adj Julien Gourdon.
Adj Paul Thuriès(Spa57 Spad XIII)shot down in combat over the German lines by Ltn Hermann Becker of Jasta 12. Forced landing in enemy territory and POW.
32th victory of Charles Nungesser(Spa65 Spad XIII): One scout near Lagny(Oise). Shared with Sgt Jacques Gérard.
2th victory of Jacques Gérard(Spa65 Spad VII): One scout near Lagny(Oise). Shared with Ltt Charles Nungesser.
1th victory of Maurice Noguès(Spa73 Spad XIII): One EA, W of Montdidier.
Cpl Jean Godrie(Spa79 Spad VII)KIA over Assainvillers-Montdidier.
2th and 3th victories of Pierre Wertheim(Spa84 Spad VII): At 18.00 one Fokker D.R.I, SE of Montidier and shared with Sgt Delcaze and a second over Orvillers shared with the same pilot.

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#472 Danelov

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 16:24

Apr 1, 1918
 
Western Front
Somme: Heavy clashes near Albert, Grivesnes and at Hebuterne. British war poet and painter Pte Isaac Rosenberg killed aged 27 east of Arras(4th Division). 1,000 British dismounted cavalry(300 casualties)recapture Rifle Wood with 100 PoWs and 13 MGs.
Air War
RAF Nos 100 and 216 night bombing Squadrons transferred to French zone to raid rail targets in Chalons­sur-Marne sector on six 6 nights(until May 9).
Eastern Front
Germany: During April 8 German divisions transfer to Western Front.
USSR: Red Army now 114,678 soldiers strong, 30 divisions planned(88 divisions in May).
Finland: German Baltic Division sails from Danzig escorted by 4 battleships. Whites close ring on 1,000 Reds in Battle of Rautu (until April 5).
Sea War
Atlantic: In April fast US troop convoys begin, transporting 1,037,000 troops for loss of 3 transports; Aquitania carries 60,000 men in 9 voyages.
Mediterranean: In April First Sea Lord and Royal Navy Intelligence chief Rear-Admiral Hall visit Malta to reorganize C­in-C’s staff to reduce shipping losses. Fixed Otranto Barrage begun(until September)but 121 U-boots passages(until August)despite 58 depth charge attacks.
Britain: In April HMS Simoom, first S class destroyer completed(ordered Apr 1917), 18 more completed by Armistice. During April Allied shipbuilding for first time exceeds lost tonnage and does so for duration of war.
Air War
Britain: RAF established by Act of Parliament: world’s first fully independent air arm amalga­mates Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service(c.2,950 aircraft), administered by Air Ministry under Secretary of State(Lord Rothermere). CAS: Trenchard (deputy CAS Kerr). Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) formed. Retains RFC organization. All ex-RNAS units add 60 to squadron numbers and 200 to wing numbers; RNAS officers receive military ranks; 63 RAF squadrons and 1 Special Duty Flight in France.
In April London Air Defence Area has 282 fighters on 14 airfields, 260 guns and 353 searchlights.
France: 7 Gotha bombers drop 21 bombs on Paris.
Mediterranean: RAF HQ at Malta, 6 aircraft/seaplane carriers based there or at Alexandria and Mudros.
Salonika: No.150 Squadron RAF formed with flights from Nos 17 and 47 Squadrons, destroys or captures 36 Bulgar aircraft for loss of 1(until September 18).
Middle East
Persia: Martinsyde Scout of No.72 Squadron joins Dunsterville at Hamadan.
Palestine: During April one British anti-aircraft section of 2 guns(17 sections with EEF)in action 76 times, firing average of 100 rounds, Germans especially note hampering of reconnaissance during April 13-19.
Secret War
Ukraine: During April French Captain E Bordes, officially helping Red Ukraine C-in-C Antonov, moves 3,000 rail wagons of munitions to Samara on Volga, out of German reach. Similar convoys(including strategic minerals)to Tsaritsyn and Baku.
 
By the Germans
 
1th victory of Eugen Siempelkamp(Jasta 4 Albatros D.Va): At 08.00 one Sopwith Camel(D1811), SE of Fouilloy.
16th victory of Otto Könnecke(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): At 12.45 one S.E.5a. over Albert.
11th victory of Wilhelm Reinhard(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 13.05 one S.E.5a over Martinpuich.
6th victory of Franz Hemer(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 08.00 one Airco D.H.4 over Achiet-le-Petit.
9th victory of Rudolf Francke(Jasta 8 Albatros D.Va): One Spad over Piennes.
6th victory of Wilhelm Seitz(Jasta 8 Albatros D.Va): One Spad over Piennes.
Ltn Werner Junck appointed as CO of Jasta 8.
Erich Löwenhardt appointed as CO of Jasta 10.
2th and 3th victories of Hans Joachim Wolff(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 09.00 one Airco D.H.4 over Grevillers and at 17.00 one S.E.5a over Moreuil Wood.
Ltn Paul Hoffmann(Jasta 12 Fokker D.R.I)shot down in combat with Spa94. Died of wounds.
9th victory of Hans Martin Pippart(Jasta 13 Fokker D.R.I): At 18.20 one balloon, W of Montdidier.
4th victory of Johannes Klein(Jasta 15 Fokker D.R.I): One Spad of Spa94.
3th victory of Hugo Schäfer(Jasta 15 Fokker D.R.I): At 10.45 one S.E.5a, W of Moreuil.
10th and 11th victories of Heinrich Geigl(CO Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): Two Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8, WSW of Aubecourt.
1th victory of Wilhelm Becker(Jasta 17 Albatros D.Va): At 08.40 one two-seater near Mesnil.
Richard Grüter(Jasta 17 Albatros D.Va)killed in action near Montdidier.
19th victory of Walter Göttsch(Jasta 19 Fokker D.R.I): One Bréguet 14 over Montdidier.
5th victory of Arthur Rahn(Jasta 19 Fokker D.R.I): One Bréguet 14 over Montdidier.
7th ,8th, 9th and 10th victories of Friedrich von Röth(Jasta 23 Albatros D.Va): By 17.30-1740 four balloons over Cambrin, Hulloch, Loos and S of Loos. 
23th victory of Heinrich Kroll(Jasta 24 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 08.15 one Spad, NW of Noyon.
1th victory of Albert Lux(Jasta 27 Fokker D.R.I): At 12.30 one S.E.5a, NW of Lens.
4th victory of Gilbert Wagner(Jasta 29 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 15.15 one balloon over Grénay.
21th victory of Karl Menckhoff(CO Jasta 72 Albatros D.Va): At 12.20 one S.E.5a over Poelcapelle. That was also the first victory of Jasta 72.
2th victory of Wilhelm Buchstett(Jasta 79 Pfalz D.IIIa): One Spad.
Uffz Müller(Jasta 79 Pfalz D.IIIa)shot down in combat. Wounded, Müller became POW.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
372 Spad VII and 290 Spad XIII in service at the front.
SLt Jacques Bernard(Spa15, Spad XIII)KIA near Roye-Noyon.
8th victory of Xavier de Sevin(Spa26 Spad XIII): At 14.15 one EA over Fignières.
4th victory of André Martenot de Cordoux(Spa94 Spad VII): One Fokker D.R.I of Jasta 12 near Montdidier. Ltn Paul Hoffmann died of its wounds.
Cal Houston Woodward(Spa94 Spad VII S1419)KIA in combat with Jasta 15.
1th victory of Gilbert Loup(Spa103 Spad XIII). One Fokker D.R.I near bois de Tilleloy. Shared with Cal Désiré Mabereau of Spa26.
3th victory of Auguste Lahoulle(Spa154 Spad VII): One balloon over Fresnoy-en-Chaussee. Shared with Mdl Xavier Moissinac.
1th and 2th victories of Xavier Moissinac(Spa154 Spad VII): One balloon over Fresnoy-Chaussee. Shared with Auguste Lahoulle. And one EA over the same location
 
By the RAF
 
Born of the RAF(RFC and RNAS fusioned to form the Royal Air Force).
Capt Fred Banbury(9N Sopwith Camel, 11 victories)killed in flying accident at Denain, France.
14th victory of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C6730): At 18.15 one Fokker D.R.I over Combles.
22th victory of George McElroy(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1084): At 12.15 one Albatros D.V, N of Ignaucourt. 
11th victory of William Harrison(40th Sqn S.E.5a D3526): At 12.20 one type C, W of Izel les Esquerchin.
5th victory of Walter Beales(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4701): At 17.45 one Albatros D.V over Quesnil. Pilot was Lt Robert Little.
6th victory of Kenneth Junor(56th Sqn S.E.5a C1086): At 12.35 one Fokker D.R.I over Guillemont.
7th victory of William Duncan(60th Sqn S.E.5a C9536): At 10.15 one Albatros D.V over Gentelles.
7th victory of William Staton(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4619): At 17.00 one Albatros D.V over Bouchoir. Observer was Lt John Gordon.
4th victory of Hugh Nangle(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): At 17.00 one Albatros D.V over Bouchoit. Observer unknown.
14th victory of James Slater(64th Sqn S.E.5a D289): At 07.15 one Pfalz D.III over Maricourt.
3th victory of Phillip Scott Burge(64th Sqn S.E.5a B125): At 07.15 one Albatros D.V over Mericourt.
2th victory of Thomas Williams(65th Sqn Sopwith Camel D1817): At 16.25 one Albatros D.V over Froissy.
9th victory(and last)of Herbert Rowley(201th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6429): At 13.00 one Albatros D.V over Arras-Albert.
39th victory of Robert Little(203th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7198): At 14.00 one Fokker D.R.I, E of Oppy.
7th victory of George MacKay(213th Sqn Sopwith Camel N6340): By 14.30 one seaplane over Zeebrugge.
4th victory of John Greene(213th Sqn Sopwith Camel B3999): By 14.30 one seaplane over Zeebrugge.
4th victory of Maurice Cooper(213th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6416): By 14.30 one seaplane over Zeebrugge.

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#473 Danelov

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 16:25

Apr 2, 1918
 
Western Front
USA: Pershing agrees to brigade troops with British and French.
Artois: British 32nd Division recaptures Ayette south of river Scarpe.
Somme: British Fifth Army renamed Fourth.
Air War
Western Front: RAF claims 11 German aircraft shot down(8 south of Somme)but Germans admit no losses and claim 16 kills. McCudden(57 victories)awarded Victoria Cross.
 
By the Germans
 
4th victory of Hans Kirschstein(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 18.20 one S.E.5a(B8256), W of Harbonniéres.
1th victory of Paul Wenzel(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 18.05 one Bristol F.2b, NE of Bray.
12th victory of Hans Weiss(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.00 one Bristol F.2b over Morcourt-Harbonnières.
4th victory of Hans Joachim Wolff(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 16.50 one Bristol F.2b over Mercourt. 
4th victory of Johann Pütz(Jasta 34 Albatros D.Va): At 18.15 one S.E.5a(B8236)over Villers Bretonneux.
6th victory of Franz Piechulek(Jasta 56 Albatros D.Va): At 09.40 one Bristol F.2b or A.W.F.K.8 over Bois de Vaire.
Ltn Albert Dietlen appointed as CO of Jasta 58.
2th victory of Wilhelm Schwartz(Jasta 69 Albatros D.Va): At 18.50 one two-seater over Ourscamp.
75th victory of Manfred von Richthofen(CO JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 477/17): At 12.30 one No.52 Sqn R.E.8(A3868)NE of Moreuil.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
Cpl Robert Martin(Spa3 Spad XIII)shot down after combat with three Fokker D.R.I near Montdidier. Returned to unit next day.
Spa12 complement: 9 Spad VII and 4 Spad XIII.
Spa31 complement: 7 Spad VII, 7 Spad XIII and 1 Spad XI.
Spa57 complement: 7 Spad VII, 6 Spad XIII, 1 Spad XII with cannon 37mm and 1 Spad XI.
2th victory of Robert Franc(CO Spa79 Spad VII): One EA over Beauvraignes. Shared with S/Lt Pierre Bourguin and Sgt Adrien Rousseau. 
1th victory of Pierre Bourguin(Spa79 Spad VII): One EA over Beauvraignes. Shared with CO Cne Robert Franc and Sgt Adrien Rousseau. 
1th victory of Adrien Rousseau(Spa79 Spad VII): One EA over Beauvraignes. Shared with CO Cne Robert Franc and S/Lt Pierre Bourguin.
 
By the RAF
 
7th victory of Charles Robson(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4673): At 18.20 one Fokker D.R.I., SE of Albert.
9th and 10th victories of Frank Weare(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1164): By 16.45 two Albatros D.V over Vauvillers. Observer was Lt George Hayward.
1th and 2th victories of John Gurdon(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1162): By 16.45 two Fokker D.R.I, W of Vauvillers. Observer was 2th Lt Anthony Thornton.
23th victory of George McElroy(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1084): At 14.30 one Albatros D.V, E of Moreuil.
16th, 17th and 18th victories of Henry Woollett(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6402): By 12.40 one balloon near Thiepval, by 12.55 a second, N of Bray, SW of Somme River and at 13.55 a third balloon near Mericourt.
14th and 15th victories of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9153): At 12.45 one Albatros C over Courcelles, shared with Capt Sydney Smith, Lt Alexander Vlasto, Lt Horace Debenham and 2th Lt Roy McConnell and at 13.15 one balloon, shared with 2th Lt John Smith. 
5th victory of Horace Debenham(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1659): At 12.45 one Albatros C over Courcelles, shared with Lt Alexander Vlasto, Capt Sydney Smith, 2th Lt Donald MacLaren and 2th Lt Roy McConnell.  
5th victory(and last)of Sydney Smith(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel): At 12.45 one Albatros C over Courcelles, shared with Lt Alexander Vlasto, Lt Horace Debenham, 2th Lt Donald MacLaren and 2th Lt Roy McConnell.  
3th victory of John Smith(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel C1617): At 13.15 one balloon, shared with 2th Lt Donald MacLaren.
3th victory of Alexander Vlasto(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel): At 12.45 one Albatros C over Courcelles. Shared with Capt Sydney Smith, Lt Horace Debenham, 2th Lt Donald MacLaren and 2th Lt Roy McConnell.
2th victory of Roy McConnell(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel): At 12.45 one Albatros C over Courcelles. Shared with Capt Sydney Smith, Lt Horace Debenham, 2th Lt Donald MacLaren and Lt Alexander Vlasto.
7th victory of Edmund Tempest(64th Sqn S.E.5a B74): At 18.35 one Albatros D.V over Ervillers.
10th and 11th victories of Stearne Edwards(209th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7199): By 11.25 two one Albatros D.III, S of Halluin, the second as shared victory. 
11th victory of Oliver Redgate(209th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7250): At 11.15 one Albatros D.III, S of Halluin.
1th victory of Joseph Siddall(209th Sqn Sopwith Camel): At 11.15 one Albatros D.III, S of Halluin. Shared with Capt Stearne Edwards. 
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
6th victory of Henry Forrest(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C9539): At 07.00 one type C over Demuin. Shared with Capt Roby Manuel.
3th victory of Alexander Clark(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a D3429): At 17.30 one type C over Amiens-Corbie. Shared with Capt Gregory Blaxland.
1th victory of Gregory Blaxland(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a B571): At 17.30 one type C over Amiens-Corbie road. Shared with 2th Lt Alexander Clark.
1th victory of Roby Manuel(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a B184): At 07.00 one type C over Demuin. Shared with Capt Henry Forrest.

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#474 Danelov

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 16:26

Apr 3, 1918
 
Western Front
Beauvais Conference: Foch further empowered to direct Allied strategy.
Somme: Local fighting in Scarpe and Hebuterne sectors.
Eastern Front
Finland: 9,445 German soldiers with 18 guns and 165 MGs land at Hango(until April 5). Mannerheim’s final assault on Tampere(until April 6).
Ukraine: Germans take Ekaterinoslav, northeast of Odessa.
USSR: All-Russian Bureau of Military Commissars formed, works when military regions created from April 8.
Sea War
Baltic: 3 Russian and 7 British submarines blown up outside Helsinki harbour(latter by remaining 26 Royal Navy sailors)to avoid capture(until April 5)together with their mines and torpedoes; crews transferred to Murmansk via Petrograd. Captain Cromie stays behind to continue as Naval attaché and scuttle 3 small British merchantmen(April 9­10)trapped since 1914.
 
By the Germans
 
6th victory of Karl Bolle(CO Jasta 2 Fokker D.R.I): At 14.10 one Airco D.H.9 over Frezenberg.
2th victory of Viktor von Pressentin von Rautter(Jasta 4 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 10.05 one Armstrong Wirworth F.K.8 over Blagny-Tronville.
12th victory of Heinrich Geigl(CO Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): One S.E.5a over Villers Bretonneux.
5th victory of Karl Schattauer(Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): One Sopwith Camel over Villers Bretonneux.
2th and 3th victories of Konrad Schwartz(Jasta 22 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 12.18 one Sopwith Camel over Mézières and at 12.30 a second over La Neuville.
2th victory of Alfred Lenz(Jasta 22 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 12.36 one Sopwith Camel over Cachy.
2th victory of Martin Johns(Jasta 63 Albatros D.Va): One Sopwith Camel.
16th victory of Fritz Pütter(CO Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): One Spad XIII over Hergicourt.
3th victory of Theodor Cammann(CO Jasta 74 Albatros D.Va): One Spad XIII over Mourmelon. First victory of Jasta 74. 
14th victory of Walter Böning(Jasta 76 Fokker D.R.I): One Sopwith Camel. 
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
Sgt Pierre Devaulx(Spa26 Spad XIII)KIA over Montdidier in combat with Ltn Fritz Pütter, CO of Jasta 68. 
2th victory of Léon Bourjade(N.152 Nieuport 27): One balloon over Willer. Shared with Brig de Freslon.
2th victory of Louis Gros(Spa154 Spad XIII):One Albatros over Moreuil-Plessier. Shared with S/Lt Matrat.
1th victory of Paul Petit(Spa154 Spad XIII): One Albatros over Marcelcave.
 
By the RAF
 
5th victory of Cecil Marchant(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B9211): At 12.45 one Albatros C over 57 D L32, shared with 2th Maurice Freehill.
2th victory of Maurice Freehill(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel B5636): At 12.45 one Albatros C over 57 D L32, shared with Capt Cecil Marchant.
9th victory of Jack Cunningham(65th Sqn Sopwith Camel D1791): At 12.00 one Albatros D.V, E of Demuin.
9th victory(and last)of William Brown(84th Sqn S.E.5a C9263): At 12.00 one Albatros D.V, W of Villers-Bretonneux.
7th and 8th victories of Jens Fredrick Larson(84th Sqn S.E.5a C1077): At 11.50 one Albatros D.V over Rosières and at 11.52 a second, E of Rosières. 
6th and 7th victories of Robert Grosvenor(84th Sqn S.E.5a B8408): At 11.50 one Pfalz D.III over Rosières aerodrome and at 11.51 a second, E of Villers-Bretonneux.
3th victory of Hugh Saunders(84th Sqn S.E.5a C1794): At 19.50 one Pfalz D.III over Rosières. 
18th victory of William Alexander(210th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7215): At 11.30 one type C over Roulers.
 
By the Italian front
 
7th victory of Eugen Bönsch(Flik 51J Albatros D.III 153.140): One balloon, SE of San Biaggio.

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#475 Danelov

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 13:12

Apr 4, 1918 
 
Western Front
Final German effort toward Amiens(until April 5): Battle of the Avre begins with 15 German divisions vs 7 Allied and 1,278 guns. After initial panic British and 2,250 Australian soldiers repulse 9th Bavaria Reserve Division before Villers-Brettoneux. 5 French divisions counter-attack and gain ground in Castel-Cantigny sector. Since march 21 Germans have advanced up to 40 miles and secure 1,200 sq miles of Allied territory, with 90,000 PoWs and 1,300 guns. BEF has received 101,000 infantry replacements so far, often teenagers. US 3rd Divisions lands in France.
Sea War
Adriatic: 61 Austrian sailors land north of Ancona(night April 4-5)but captured before they can seize a MAS boat and blow up submarines there.
Baltic: Rear-Adm Meurer’s Squadron(including 2 dreadnoughts)supports German landings at Hangoe; 2 more Russian battleships, 2 cruisers and 2 submarines escape from Helsinki to Kronstadt(arriving April 10).
 
By the Germans
 
13th victory(and last)of Heinrich Geigl(CO Jasta 16 Pfalz D.IIIa): One Sopwith Camel(D6552)of No.65 Sqn by collision over Warfusée. Both pilots killed.
4th and 5th victory of Rudolf Stark(Jasta 34 Albatros D.Va): One R.E.8 over Fouilly and one Airco D.H.4, S of Hamelet. 
Ltn Johann Hesselink appointed as CO of Jasta 39.
Ltn Dieter Collin appointed as CO of Jasta 56.
12th victory of Robert von Greim(CO JG 10 Fokker D.R.I): At 15.15 one Sopwith Camel, N of Villers Bretonneux.
 
By the RAF
 
24th victory of George McElroy(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1084): At 15.05 one Pfalz D.III, N of Warfusée.
15th victory(and last)of Herbert Richardson(24th Sqn S.E.5a D279): At 15.30 one type C over Warfuséö-Abancourt.
12th victory of Ronald Mark(24th Sqn S.E.5a B8411): At 17.30 one Rumpler C over St.Nicholas. Shared with 2th Lt Conway Farrell.
2th victory of Conway Farrell(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1099): At 17.30 one Rumpler C over St.Nicholas. Shared with Lt Ronald Mark.
10th victory of Thomas Colvill-Jones(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4831): At 13.30 one Albatros D.V, SE of Villers Brettoneaux. Observer was 2th Lt W.Hart.
 
By the Italian front
 
11th victory(and last)of Kurt Gruber(Flik 60J Phönix D.I 228.24): At 09.15 one Sopwith Camel over Primolano. Kurt Gruber was killed in action the same day.

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#476 Danelov

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 13:02

Apr 5, 1918
 
Western Front
Second Battle of the Somme(Michael Offensive)end: Ancre front stabilized by 4th Australian Division(1,233 casualties)after 50th Prussian Reserve Division(c.1,600 casualties)gains 1,500 yards; counter-attacking British 37th Division take 200 PoWs near Hebuterne. 
Ludendorff decides to abandon the attack on Amiens for good,"The enemy resistance was beyond our powers"(War Memoirs). 13 German division are left in awkward Avre salient and Western Front 26 miles longer.
Eastern Front
Ukraine: Germans occupy Kharkov.
Finland: Battle of Rautu ends with Whites sealing Karelian frontier.
Siberia: 500 Japanese marines and 50 Royal Marines land at Vladivostok to protect foreign nationals(until April 25), Lenin threatens Japan with war on April 8.
Middle East
Caucasus: Armenians leave Sarikamish night April 5-6 after Turks take a village to north. Turk 5th Division reoccupies Van.
Home Fronts
USA: German immigrant Robert Prager lynched as suspected spy(Collinsville, Illinois), countless other non-lethal incidents. Wilson discusses with cabinet on April 6 but does not publicly deplore mob spirit till July 26. Prager buried on April 10, Germany tries to pay funeral expenses, 12 tried for crime from May 13 but acquitted. War Finance Corp created with $500 billions.
 
By the Germans
 
Concludes Operation Michael.
3th victory of Gerhard Fieseler(Jasta 25 Albatros D.III): At 08.15 one Nieuport 24(4047), NW of Caniste, Macedonia.
Ltn Georg Meyer appointed as CO of Jasta 37.
3th victory of Wilhelm Zorn(Jasta 60 Albatros D.Va): One Caudron R.4.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
S/Lt Georges Poreaux(Spa31 Spad XIII S1908)wounded in combat.

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#477 Danelov

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 14:14

Apr 6, 1918
 
Western Front
Somme: Severe fighting in Albert and Hebuterne sectors. Artillery duels in April 7.
Meuse: German attacks near Beaumont.
Aisne: Reims heavily shelled. 6 divisions of Boehn’s Seventh Army drive French Sixth Army from bridgehead north of river Ailette until April 9 taking 2,300 PoWs.
Eastern Front
Finland: Tampere falls with 11,000 PoWs and 30 guns to Mannerheim who makes his 3 corps commanders major-generals.
Home Fronts
USA: Third Liberty Loan drive for $3 billions begins, passes $4.1 billions by May 18. Memorial to Private Gresham(first AEF killed)laid at Evansville, Indiana.
 
By the Germans
 
Nine Siemens-Schuckert D.III delivered to JG 2.
7th victory of Franz Hemer(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.15 one Sopwith Dolphin(C3939)over Demuin. 
5th victory of Hans Kirschstein(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 15.25 one Sopwith Camel(C8248), NE of Wartisse.
23th victory of Ernst Udet(CO Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 14.15 one Sopwith Camel over Hamel.
13th and 14th victories of Hans Weiss(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 16.00 one Sopwith Camel(B2431), E of Lamotte and at 17.50 a second(C8248), NE of Sailly.
6th victory(and last)of Edgar Scholtz(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 16.05 one Sopwith Camel(C8281)over Cerisy.
5th and 6th victories of Hans Joachim Wolff(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 15.00 one Bristol F.2b, NE of Vauvillers and at 15.55 one Sopwith Camel(C8252), E of Lamotte.
2th victory of Erich Just(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I): At 16.10 one Sopwith Camel ver Mericourt.
1th victory of August Delling(Jasta 34 Albatros D.Va): At 18.00 one Sopwith Camel, SE of Morcourt.
17th victory of Fritz Pütter(CO Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): One Spad XIII over Moreuil.
22th victory of Karl Menckhoff(CO Jasta 72 Albatros D.Va): One scout.
8th victory of Hans Böhning(Jasta 79 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 10.00 one R.E.8, south of Noyon.  
76th victory of Manfred von Richthofen(CO JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 127/17): At 15.45 one No.46 Sqn Sopwith Camel(D6491)NE of Villers-Bretonneux.
 
By the Aviation Militaire
 
Cpl Herman Whitemore(Spa77 Spad XIII)shot down by Ofstv Otto Sporbert of Jasta 62. POW.
6th victory of Adrien Leps(Spa81 Spad XIII): One EA.
 
By the RAF
 
3th victory of George Lingham(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel D1785): At 14.35 one Fokker D.R.I over Abancourt.
Capt Sydney Smith(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel, 5 victories)KIA, shot down by Manfred von Richthofen over Villers Bretonneux.
2th victory of John Elmer Drummond(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1299): At 15.40 one Fokker D.R.I, S of Lamotte. Observer was 2th Lt H.F.Lamb.
4th victory of Trevor Durrant(56th Sqn S.E.5a B183): At 18.45 one type C, N of Lamotte.
9th victory of Harry Robinson(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8217): At 15.45 one Albatros C over Bray.
1th victory of Sydney Liversedge(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel C8220): At 15.45 one Albatros C over Bray. Shared with Capt Harry Robinson.
9th victory(and last)of Jens Fredrick Larson(84th Sqn S.E.5a C1077): At 11.20 one LVG C, N of Hangard, shared with Lt Charles Stubbs, Lt Hugh Saunders and Lt Hector MacDonald.
4th victory of Hugh Saunders(84th Sqn S.E.5a C1794): At 11.20 one LVG C, N of Hangard, shared with Lt Jens Fredrick Larson, Lt Charles Stubbs and Lt Hector MacDonald. 
1th victory of Hector MacDonald(84th Sqn S.E.5a C6465): At 11.20 one LVG C, N of Hangard, shared with Lt Jens Fredrick Larson, Lt Charles Stubbs and Lt Hugh Saunders. 
23th victory of Stanley Rosevear(201th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6419): At 13.15 one Fokker D.R.I over Mericourt.
19th victory of Samuel Kinkead(201th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6409): At 13.15 one Fokker D.R.I over Mericourt.
8th victory of Anthony Spence(201th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7267): At 13.15 one Fokker D.R.I over Mericourt.
40th victory of Robert Little(203th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7231): At 12.30 one DFW C.V, NE of Lens.
8th victory of Euan Dickson(205th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7739): At 15.50 one Pfalz D.III over Abancourt. Observer was FSL Walter Scott.
19th victory of William Jordan(208th Sqn Sopwith Camel D3335): At 11.10 one Albatros D.V, E of Oppy. 
10th victory(and last)of Thomas Gerrard(208th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7196): At 11.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Lens. Shared with G.Cooper and W.Sneath.
5th victory(and last)of Wilfred Sneath(208th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7187): At 11.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Lens. Shared with T.Gerrard and G.Cooper. Wilfred Sneath was shot down and killed same day near Lens in combat with Jasta 59.
2th victory of Gerald Cooper(208th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7189): At 11.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Lens. Shared with Thomas Gerrard and W.Sneath.
 
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
 
4th victory of Alexander Clark(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a D3429): At 15.00 one type C over Lamotte. Shared with Capt Gregory Blaxland, Lt L.J.Primrose and 2th Lt A.L.Paxton.
2th victory of Gregory Blaxland(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a): At 15.00 one type C over Lamotte. Shared with 2th Lt Alexander Clark, Lt L.J.Primrose and 2th Lt A.L.Paxton.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
3th victory of Paul F.Baer(103th Aero Sqn Spad VII): At 18.55 one Scout over Sommepy. 

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#478 Danelov

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 14:15

Apr 7, 1918
 
Eastern Front
Finland: Red Guards evacuating Helsinki; German Colonel Brandenstein’s 2000-strong brigade with 8 guns from Revallands unopposed at Lovisa to east.
Siberia: French military mission ordered to screen all Czechs.
Sea War
North Sea: Keyes addresses Zeebrugge raiders, not one withdraws. Wind and high sea abort attempt on April 11 and 12.
Baltic: Red Fleet’s final "ice-crossing" evacuation(until April 11)from Helsinki of 48 destroyers; 2 torpedo boats; 12 mine­sweepers/layers; 10 submarines; 92 other vessels to Kronstadt by April 22, only 85 left behind according to April 5 agreement with Germans.
Air War
Western Front: Captain G.McElroy RAF(18 victories since February 18)in S.E.5 collides with tree; he returns to front June, killed in action July 31.
Adriatic: German Navy airship L-59(Bockholt)catches fire (cause unknown), crashes in Straits of Otranto before planned raid on Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta(23 killed, no survivors).
Home Fronts
Britain: National meat rationing introduced(until December 15, 1919).
 
By the Germans
 
6th victory of Hans Kirschstein(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 11.45 one Sopwith Camel(D6554), S of Proyart.
Siegfried Gussmann(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I)wounded in combat with No.73 Sqn Sopwith Camels.
18th victory of Hermann Göring(CO Jasta 27 Fokker D.R.I): At 12.50 one R.E.8(B876).
4th victory of Franz Brandt(Jasta 27 Fokker D.R.I): At 12.50 one Sopwith over Merville.
13th victory of Paul Billik(CO Jasta 52 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 11.10 one Sopwith Camel(B6417), E of Hulluch.
18th and 19th victories of Fritz Pütter(CO Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): At 15.40 one Caudron R9 over Moreuil and at 15.45 one S.E.5a over the same location. 
23th victory of Karl Menckhoff(CO Jasta 72 Albatros D.Va): One Spad over Montdidier.
Ltn Herbert Knappe appointed as CO of Jasta 81.
77th and 78th victories of Manfred von Richthofen(CO JG 1 Fokker D.R.I 477/17): At 11.30 one No.73 Sqn Sopwith Camel(D6550)near Hangard and at 12.05 one second of the same Squadron(D6554)N of Villers-Bretonneux.
 
By the RAF
 
Capt Guy Moore(1th Sqn S.E.5a, 10 victories)hit by AAA and KIA above Hollebeke. 
25th, 26th and 27th victories of George McElroy(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1800): At 10.40 one Albatros D.V over Warfuséee, at 11.00 a second 3 miles E of Marcelcave and at 11.15 one Fokker D.R.I, N of Moreuil Wood.
6th victory of Ian McDonald(24th Sqn S.E.5a C9613): At 15.50 one Albatros D.V over Moreuil Wood.
1th victory of William Lambert(24th Sqn S.E.5a B79): At 15.50 one Albatros D.V over Moreuil Wood.
6th, 7th and 8th victories of Walter Tyrrell(32th Sqn S.E.5a B8374): At 11.15 one Fokker D.R.I, NE of Lamotte, at 11.20 one Albatros D.V over the same location and at 11.30 a second, NE of Lamotte. 
Ltn Edward Booth(70th Sqn Sopwith Camel,5 victories)killed in crash at Salisbury Plain.
41th victory of Robert Little(203th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7231): At 13.00 one Fokker D.R.I, SE of Violanes.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
94th Aero Sqn(Nieuport 28)ordered to deploy at Gengault Aerodrome-Toul.

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#479 Danelov

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 14:48

Apr 8, 1918
 
Western Front
Flanders: Germans shell whole BEF front including 40,000 mustard shells on Armentières. Portuguese battalion refuses to march to trenches(relief due evening April 9).
Aisne: Germans reoccupy Coucy Ie Chateau, reach Oise-Aisne canal line on April 9.
France: First Renault FT-17 tank battalion formed with 72 tanks.
Africa
Mozambique: Rosecol reconnaissance coy skirmish east of Medo(84 miles from coast). Gambia Coy returns home to Bathurst.
Home Fronts
USA: National War Labor Board appointed.
Turkey­: Constantinople housing rents fixed at 50% of March 1, 1916 level for war plus 6 months, but law largely dead letter.
 
By the RAF
 
15th victory of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C6730): At 06.55 one balloon, N of Mory. Shared with Capt Cyril Ridley. 
3th victory of George Riley(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6475): At 06.45 one balloon over Mory.
7th victory of Cyril Ridley(201th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7248): At 06.45 one balloon, E of Boyelles.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
103th Aero Sqn(Spad VII)deployed at Bonne Maison Aerodrome.

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#480 Danelov

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 13:09

Apr 9, 1918
 
Western Front
Flanders–Ludendorff's, second blow, Battle of the Lys begins(until April 29).German Georgette offensive against BEF First and Second Armies on river Lys.Ludendorff aims to drive back British and Belgians west of Dunkirk and open road to Calais. After 4 1/2 hour hurricane shelling 14 German Sixth Army divisions attack from 0845 hours on 10-mile front; 4 divisors overwhelm Portuguese 2nd Division(6,000 PoWs)and drive a 3 1/2-mile deep wedge, steadily widened, into BEF front although 55th Division holds southern wing taking 750 PoWs and 100 MGs. British and Portuguese pushed back to river Lys at Estaires(fighting until April 11), losing one footbridge. German gas bombardment of Lys(until April 27)sector: 1 million rounds(2,000t) mustard gas, phosgene and diphenylchlorarsine; 8,424 gassed(30 deaths).
Somme: French lose and regain Hangard.
Eastern Front
USSR: Count Mirbach appointed German Ambassador to Moscow(arrives April 23).
Rumania: Moldavian National Council passes Act of Bessarabian union with Rumania; Ukraine protests (April 16, Moscow on April 18), but Germany recognizes.
Kuban: Kornilov’s 6,000 Whites repel Red attack on their river Kuban crossing place, and storm ridge west of Ekaterinodar(April 10), but Avtonomov’s 20,000+ Reds in town resist fiercely(until April 12).
Middle East
Action of Berukin(until April 11): British 75th Division(plus 162 guns)attacks in Judean foothills vs Turk 16th and 46th divisions(over 85 guns), gains only 2,500 yards. Turks capture operations order on first day and 2 German battalions strike back(EEF 1,498 casualties; Turks c.700).
Arabia: Arabs claim 40,000 Turks neutralised to date.
Politics
France: Clemenceau discloses Emperor Charles’ 31 March 1917 peace letter to Prince Sixtus. Czernin calls it a lie. Burian diary "Now we really are tied to the fate of Germany whether we want it or not".
 
By the Germans
 
Launched Operation Georgette(Battle of the Lys).
Fog delays Flanders flying with Ludendorff Lys offensive till late pm(until April 11). 492 German aircraft(including 14 Jastas)vs 38 RAF squadrons, RAF lose 10 planes to German 15.
 
By the RAF
 
10th victory(and last)of Aubrey Ellwood(203th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7229): At 16.10 one Albatros C near Givency. Shared with Capt R.Little and J.Glen. 
14th victory of James Glen(203th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7185): At 16.10 one Albatros C over Givenchy. Shared with Capt R.Little and Lt A.Ellwood.
42th victory of Robert Little(203th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7231): At 16.10 one Albatros C over Givenchy. Shared with Lt A.Ellwood and Lt J.Glen.
11th victory of Harold Mellings(210th Sqn Sopwith Camel): One Albatros C.
2th victory of Lawrence Coombes(210th Sqn Sopwith Camel B6358): At 15.45 one Albatros D.V, N of La Bassée.
 
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
 
94th Aero Sqn(Nieuport 28)deployed at Gengault Aerodrome-Toul.

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