Apr 12, 1918
Flanders: German offensive slackens 6 miles from Hazebrouck(until April 16)although Merville falls. British 5th Division arrives from Italy and 1st Australian Division comes up.
Battle of Hazebrouck(until April 15): 4 British division defend Nieppe Forest(until April 15), BEF First Army defends Hinges Ridge north of Bethune. Kaiser arrives at Armentières, anticipating victory.
Argonne: Franco-Americans repulse attacks in Apremont Forest.
Mozambique: Action at Medo; Kartucol and Rosecol(over 155 casualties)join after former’s flanking move ambushed in swamp by Captain Kohl’s 800 Germans, 12 MGs and 1 gun; 7 hours fighting before Kohl retreats from Chirimba Hill. Rosecol resumes advance on Mwalia on April 15, skirmishes(28 casualties)with German rearguard on April 17.
Adriatic: Austrian raid on Otranto Barrage(until April 13).
North Sea: Grand Fleet base moved from Scapa Flow to Rosyth for duration of war.
Britain: Last Zeppelin raid to cross coast and cause damage or casualties. 5 Navy airships scatter 33,340lb-worth bombs across Western Midlands and Northern England(night April 12-13, 27 casualties). L-61 (Ehrlich) bombs Wigan(claims attack on Sheffield). 27 defence sorties(5 sightings)cost 3 aircraft.
Western Front: Captain H Woollett RAF in a Sopwith Camel scores 6 victories.
Flanders: Over 170 RAF planes attack at Merville junction on river Lys for 13 hours, lose 10 planes for 5 German and 5 German balloons. Little German air support for advance till April 25 but German fighters check RAF from April 13.
By the Germans
At 22.30 French artillery strike JG 2 airfield destroying or damaging 25 aircrafts.
3th victory of Viktor von Pressentin von Rautter(Jasta 4 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 14.00 one Spad over Bayonvillers.
18th victory of Otto Könnecke(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): At 18.50 one S.E.5a, N of Albert.
14th victory of Fritz Rumey(Jasta 5 Albatros D.Va): At 19.00 one Sopwith Dolphin, NW of Albert.
12th victory of Wilhelm Reinhard(Jasta 6 Fokker D.R.I): At 13.30 one Spad, N of Roye.
4th victory of Paul Lotz(Jasta 7 Fokker D.R.I): At 17.00 one A.W.F.K.8, N of Bailleul.
16th victory of Erich Löwenhardt(CO Jasta 10 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 12.25 one Sopwith Camel, NW of Péronne.
Robert Eiserbeck(Jasta 11 Fokker D.R.I)shot down and killed in combat.
9th victory of Hermann Becker(Jasta 12 Fokker D.R.I): One Spad, SE of Thilloy.
9th victory of Ulrich Neckel(Jasta 12 Fokker D.R.I): At 15.30 one Spad VII of Spa94, E of Arvillers.
3th and 4th victories of Fritz Höhn(Jasta 21 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 09.15 one balloon, SW of Staubecken and at 18.15 one Spad, S of Selens.
Vzfw Gilbert Wagner(Jasta 29 Pfalz D.IIIa, 4 victories)KIA over Armentières.
5th and 6th victories of Hans-Georg von der Marwitz(Jasta 30 Pfalz D.IIIa 4203/17): At 08.30 one No.54 Sqn Sopwith Camel. Pilot Lt J.R.Sanford was killed. By 11.30 73th Sqn Sopwith Camel(D1850). Pilot 2th Lt M.F.Korslund was KIA.
3th victory of Otto Creutzmann(Jasta 43 Albatros D.Va): At 16.50 one Bristol F.2b over Calonne.
4th victory of Arno Benzler(Jasta 45 Albatros D.Va): One balloon over Epagney.
7th victory of Walter Kypke(CO Jasta 47 Pfalz D.IIIa): One R.E.8 over Merris.
4th victory of Friedrich Ehmann(Jasta 47 Pfalz.D.IIIa): At 10.20 one Sopwith Camel over Frelinghien.
1th victory of Ltn Haevernik(Jasta 47 Pfalz D.IIIa): At 10.50 one Sopwith Camel.
9th victory(and last)of Albert Dietlen(CO Jasta 58 Albatros D.Va): At 10.35 one Bristol F.2B over Le Pont Mortier. Dietlen was shot down and KIA same day over Le Bizet and Ltn Wendland appointed as CO for some days.
2th victory of Johann Kopka(Jasta 61 Albatros D.Va): One Spad 2 over Juvigny.
21th victory of Fritz Pütter(CO Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): At 18.10 one S.E.5a over Villers-aux-Erables.
1th victory of Wilhelm Stör(Jasta 68 Albatros D.Va): At 18.15 one S.E.5a over Villers-aux-Erables.
9th victory of Hans Böhning(Jasta 79 Pfalz D.IIIa): One Spad.
By the Aviation Militaire
5th victory of Frank Baylies(Spa3 Spad XIII): At 06.50 one two-seater near Gratibus.
6th victory of Bernard Artigau(Spa15 Spad VII): One two-seater, S of Grivesnes.
2th victory of Armand Berthelot(Spa15 Spad VII): One balloon(Drachen)over Mézière.
Four German reconnaisance aircrafts shot down by Spad VIIs from Spa57.
15th victory of Jean Chaput(CO Spa57 Spad VII S4280): One two-seater of LFA 237 near Fontaine-sur-Montdidier. Shared with Asp Jean Dubois de Gennes.Observer Ltn Fritz Pollandt KIA, pilot unknown.
3th victory of Jean Dubois de Gennes(Spa57 Spad VII S1625): One two-seater of LFA 237 near Fontaine-sur-Montdidier. Shared with CO Ltt Jean Chaput. Observer Ltn Fritz Pollandt KIA, pilot unknown.
3th victory of Léon Nuville(Spa57 Spad VII S3193): One Rumpler C, NE of Bois de Hangard. Shared with Adj Marius Hasdenteufel and Mdl François de Roquefeuil.
3th victory of Marius Hasdenteufel(Spa57 Spad VII S1569): One Rumpler C, NE of Bois de Hangard. Shared with Ltt Léon Nuville and Mdl François de Roquefeuil.
1th victory of François de Roquefeuil(Spa57 Spad XIII S2245): One Rumpler C, NE of Bois de Hangard. Shared with Ltt Léon Nuville and Adj Marius Hasdenteufel.
2th victory of Jean Fraissinet(Spa57 Spad VII S5467):One Aviatik C near Hangard.
1th victory of Gabriel Thomas(Spa88 Spad XIII): One two-seater over Coullemeile. Shared with Mdl Quintard.
Mdl Roger Busch(Spa94 Spad VII S3191)shot down in combat with Jasta 12. POW and died in captivity.
34th and 35th victories of René Fonck(Spa103 Spad XIII): At 18.25 one scout over Piennes-Montdidier and at 18.40 one two-seater over Moreuil.
Mdl Allard(Spa153 Spad XIII S2273)hit in combat and crash at Montigny-Lengrain. Pilot unhurt.
3th victory of Xavier Moissinac(Spa154 Spad VII): One two-seater over Mailly-Raineval. Shared with Mdl Fuchs.
By the RAF
Capt William Harrison(1th Sqn S.E.5a, 12 victories)WIA.
17th and 18th victories of Douglas Bell(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel C6730): At 19.00 one Albatros D.V over Albert and at 19.15 a second over Pozières.
4th victory of George Riley(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6475): At 19.15 one Albatros D.V, N of Pozières.
3th victory of Adrian Franklyn(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6431): At 19.15 one Albatros D.V over Pozières.
2th victory of Lloyd Hamilton(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6519): At 12.00 one Albatros D.V over Ovillers.
7th and 8th victories of Alfred Atkey(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4 A7998): By 10.25 two Pfalz D.III over Estaires, the second as shared victory. Observer was Sgt H.Hammond.
4th and 5th victories of Albert Waller(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4): By 10.25 two Pfalz D.III over Estaires. Shared victories. Observer was 2th Lt J.Waugh.
2th and 3th victories of Herbert Gould(18th Sqn Airco D.H.4): By 10.25 two Pfalz D.III over Estaires. Shared victories. Observer was Capt M.S.E.Archibald.
21th victory of John Leacroft(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3829): At 14.00 one Pfalz D.III near Estaires.
11th, 12th and 13th victories of Frank Weare(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1253): By 14.55 two Pfalz D.III, SW of Sailly and at 15.00 a third over the same area. Observer was Lt George Hayward.
9th victory(and last)of David McGoun(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1253): At 09.00 one type C over Laventie. Observer was 2th Lt F.N.Harrison.
9th victory of Harold Redler(24th Sqn S.E.5a D275): At 16.15 one Albatros D.V over Hangard-Moreuil.
8th and 9th victories of Ian McDonald(24th Sqn S.E.5a C9613): By 16.15 two Albatros D.V over Hangard-Moreuil.
6th victory of Reuben Hammersley(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1082): At 16.15 one Albatros D.V over Hangard-Moreuil.
5th victory of James Dawe(24th Sqn S.E.5a B611): At 16.15 one Pfalz D.III over Hangard-Moreuil.
2th victory of William Lambert(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1084): At 16.15 one Albatros D.V over Hangard-Moreuil.
1th victory of George Foster(24th Sqn S.E.5a C1081): At 11.00 one Pfalz D.III, N of Moreuil aerodrome.
10th victory of Walter Tyrrell(32th Sqn S.E.5a B8374): At 12.10 one Pfalz D.III, W of Steenwercke.
25th victory of Roderic Dallas(40th Sqn S.E.5a B178): At 19.25 one Albatros D.V, S of Estaires.
7th victory of Gwilym Lewis(40th Sqn S.E.5a D3540): At 17.30 one Pfalz D.III near Croix Barbee.
3th victory of Ernest Davis(41th Sqn S.E.5a C6396): At 15.15 one Albatros D.V over Bac St.Maur.
19th, 20th, 21th, 22th, 23th and 24th victories of Henry Woollett(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6402): By 10.30 one type C, NE of La Gorgue and one Albatros D.V, W of La Gorgue, by 10.40 a second Albatros D.V, NE of La Gorgue, at 17.00 one Albatros D.V, N of La Gorgue, by 17.00 two others, NE of La Gorgue.
4th victory of George Lingham(43th Sqn Sopwith Camel D1785): At 17.00 one Albatros D.V, NE of La Gorgue.
3th victory of Frank Ransley(48th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4886): At 10.40 one Pfalz D.III, W of Moreuil Woods. Observer was 2th Lt L.W.Davies.
15th and 16th victories(and last)of Frank Johnson(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1136): At 14.20 one Albatros D.V over Allennes and at 14.25 a second, N of Chemy. Observer was Sgt William Norman Holmes.
7th and 8th victories of Geoffrey Hughes(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b): At 14.20 one Albatros D.V, S of Bois du Biez and at 15.00 one LVG C over Auchy-La Bassée. Observer was Capt Hugh Claye.
2th and 3th victories of Douglas Savage(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1234): At 14.20 one Pfalz D.III, E of Estaires and at 15.15 one Albatros D.V over Aubers. Observer was 2th Lt Louis Thompson.
1th victory of Charles Arnison(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b C4859): At 14.20 one Albatros D.V, E of Estaires. Observer was Lt Samuel Parry.
1th victory of Lynn Campbell(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b B1339): At 14.20 one Albatros D.V, E of Estaires. Observer was 2th Lt William Hodgkinson.
15th victory of John Gilmour(65th Sqn Sopwith Camel B1799): At 13.30 one Rumpler C over Morlancourt.
17th and 18th victories of Edward Mannock(74th Sqn S.E.5a D278): At 09.00 one Albatros D.V, E of Merville and at 14.40 a second over Bois de Phalempin.
10th victory of Keith Caldwell(74th Sqn S.E.5a C5396): At 19.35 one Albatros D.V, SE of Deulemont.
4th victory of Wilfred Young(74th Sqn S.E.5a D271): At 19.40 one Albatros D.V, W of Armentières.
1th victory of Harris Clements(74th Sqn S.E.5a): At 14.40 one Albatros D.V over Bois de Phalempin. Shared victory.
1th victory of Henry Dolan(74th Sqn S.E.5a B173): At 08.25 one Albatros D.V, E of Merville.
9th and 10th victories of Robert Grosvenor(84th Sqn S.E.5a B8408): At 18.05 one Albatros D.V, W of Plessier and at 18.10 a second, E of Hangard Wood.
6th victory of George Johnson(84th Sqn S.E.5a): At 11.30 one DFW C, E of Albert.
4th and 5th victories of Charles Stubbs(84th Sqn S.E.5a C9519): At 11.20 one type C, N of Hangard, shared with Lt Jens Frederick Larson, Lt Hugh Saunders and Lt Hector MacDonald and at 11.50 one DFW C over Bapaume, shared with Lt W.E.Lunnon.
7th and 8th victories(and last)of Austin Fleming(111th Sqn S.E.5a B6242): By 07.15-07.20 two Albatros D.V over Tul Keram.
5th victory of James Forman(201th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7280): At 15.00 one Fokker D.R.I, SE of Albert.
20th victory of William Jordan(208th Sqn Sopwith Camel D1869): At 17.40 one type C, NW of La Bassée.
12th victory of Stearne Edwards(209th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7199): By 17.15 one type C, W of Amiens.
9th victory of Roy Brown(209th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7270): At 08.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Warfusée-Abancourt. Shared with Lt Francis Mellersh.
3th victory of Francis Mellersh(209th Sqn Sopwith Camel D3326): At 08.30 one Fokker D.R.I over Warfusée-Abancourt. Shared with Capt Roy Brown.
12th victory of Alfred Carter(210th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7202): One balloon near Estaires.
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
7th victory of Henry Forrest(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C9539): At 17.00 one type C over Vielle Chapelle.
5th victory(and last)of Alexander Clark(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a B4895): At 11.00 one Albatros D.V over Lorgies.
By the Aviation Section, Signal Corps(ASSC)(USAAS from May 24, 1918)
Unconfirmed victory claim by Raoul Lufbery(94th Aero Sqn Nieuport 28).
4th victory of Paul F.Baer(103th Aero Sqn Spad VII): At 12.17 one Albatros D.Va over Proyart.
2th victory of Charles Biddle(103th Aero Sqn Spad VII): At 11.30 one Halberstadt CL.II over Corbeny.