Sep 16, 1918
Meuse: St.Mihiel salient fully straightened out for 7,511 US and 597 French casualties(15,000 beds available), 15,000 PoWs and 450(or 443)guns taken. Germans commit 4 reserve divisions. Metz fortress guns fire(September 15), but c.400,000 Americans now switched 60 miles northwest.
USSR: Lenin recovers from gunshots, attends meetings(until September 17)but moves to Gorki(September 24 or 25)to convalesced until mid-October.
Macedonia: Serb Yugoslav Division attacks Mt Kozyak all day(inside Bulgar 3rd line)and finally takes it, but German 13th Saxon Jaeger battalion covers breach. Scholtz cables Hindenburg, asking for German divisions from Western Front; request forwarded to Austrians, who hedge. Bulgar 2nd Division withdraws to 3rd line without warning.
Bulgaria: Tsar Ferdinand replies to General Lukov peacefeeler suggestion "Go out and get killed in your present lines".
Italian Front: Italian raid north and northwest of Mt Grappa takes 300 PoWs and some MGs, counter-attacks beaten on September 17.
Channel: Monitor HMS Glatton scuttled at Dover following magazine explosion and fire. Coastal submarine UB-103, sighted by British blimp SS 21(Pilot US Ensign NJ Learned)sunk by several Royal Navy drifters’ depth charges off Cap Gris Nez.
Trans-Jordan: 6 RAF Airco D.H.9s raid Deraa for first time; 8 German planes from there cause Arab Army only 2 casualties thanks to B.E.12(destroyed).
Western Front: RAF destroy 8 German aircraft for loss of 4 over BEF Third Army but, overall, Germans claim 59 Allied planes for loss of 10.
Germany: 7 RAF Handley Pages lost on raids on Cologne, Saarbruecken and Trier etc, 6 of them lost to anti-aircraft guns(16,063 rounds fired and 173 searchlights in action, night September 16-17).
USA: Wilson rejects Burian "Peace Note"(Vienna receives on September 19).
Britain: Balfour calls Austro-German offers unacceptable. King George V cables President Wilson with congratulations on St.Mihiel salient removal.
Germany: Count Hertling tells Conservative leader that Austrian peace move has prejudiced Dutch mediation.
Japan: Government recognizes Czechs as belligerent Allies.
By the Germans
LtnzS Heinrich Wessels(MFJ I Fokker D.VII, 6 victories)shot down. Died from his wounds.
5th victory of Hans Goerth(MFJ III Fokker D.VII): At 09.15 one Sopwith Camel(B7271)Over Zerkeghem.
26th victory of Paul Bäumer(Jasta 2 Fokker D.VII): One Bristol F.2b or Airco D.H.4, Ne of Henin-Lietard.
10th and 11th victories of Otto Löffler(Jasta 2 Fokker D.VII): Two Airco D.H.4, one N of Aveluy and the second, NE of Arras.
7th victory of Georg Weiner(Jasta 3 Fokker D.VII): At 13.30 one Airco D.H.4(F5712)over Alteckendorf.
35th, 36th and 37th victories of Fritz Rumey(Jasta 5 Fokker D.VII): At 09.00 one Airco D.H.9 over Villers-Guislain, at 12.30 one S.E.5a over Marquion and at 12.35 one Sopwith Camel(F5958)over the same area.
27th and 28th victories of Josef Jacobs(CO Jasta 7 Fokker D.R.I): At 08.40 one S.E.5a, W of Menin and at 19.45 one balloon over Poperingue.
14th victory of Georg von Hantelmann(Jasta 15 Fokker D.VII): At 11.20 one Spad XIII from Spa77, SW of Conflans. Pilot, Lt Maurice Boyau was killed.
6th victory of Gustav Klaudat(Jasta 15 Fokker D.VII): At 11.25 one Spad XIII over St. Hilaire.
18th and 19th victories of Olivier von Beaulieu-Marconnay(Jasta 19 Fokker D.VII): At 17.55 one 96th Aero Sqn Bréguet 14, SW of Briey and another of the same squadron over Fleville.
5th victory of Rudolf Rienau(Jasta 19 Fokker D.VII): At 17.55 one 96th Aero Sqn Bréguet 14, SW of Briey.
7th victory of Karl Plauth(Jasta 20 Fokker D.VII): At 09.00 one Airco D.H.9 over Armentières.
6th victory(and last)of Heinrich Seywald(CO Jasta 23 Pfalz D.XII): One Airco D.H.4, W of Cantin.
26th victory of Otto Fruhner(Jasta 26 Fokker D.VII): At 08.45 one Bristol F.2b over Fontaine.
12th victory of Christian Mesch(Jasta 26 Fokker D.VII): At 17.55 one Sopwith Camel over Reincourt.
8th victory of Fritz Classen(Jasta 26 Fokker D.VII): One Sopwith Camel over Recourt.
7th victory of Helmut Lange(Jasta 26 Fokker D.VII): At 08.50 one Bristol F.2b, NE of Quiery.
16th victory of Rudolf Klimke(Jasta 27 Fokker D.VII): One Sopwith Camel.
8th victory of Friedrich Noltenius(Jasta 27 Fokker D.VII): One Bristol F.2b or Airco D.H.4.
30th victory of Emil Thuy(CO Jasta 28 Fokker D.VII): One S.E.5a.
1th victory of Ltn Holle(Jasta 31 Fokker D.VII): At 09.15 one Airco D.H.4(A7788) of No.25 Sqn over Douchy. Capt R.L.Whalley and 2th Lt E.B.Andrews KIA.
1th victory of Uffz Brüngel(Jasta 31 Fokker D.VII): At 08.45 one scout near Gricourt.
19th victory of Georg Meyer(CO Jasta 37 Fokker D.VII): At 15.30 one scout over Marquion.
4th victory of Johannes Jensen(Jasta 57 Fokker D.VII): By 09.15 one R.E.8, N of Sauchy-Cauchy.
6th victory of Arthur Korff(Jasta 60 Fokker D.VII): One Spad.
Joachim von Hippel(Jasta 71 Pfalz D.XII 2675/18)crashed in landing at Habsheim. Hippel, surviving the crash, as technical officer of Jasta 71 send a negative report of the Pfalz D.XII.
3th victory of Gustav Frädrich(Jasta 72 Fokker D.VII): One Spad.
2th victory of Herbert Mahn(Jasta 72 Fokker D.VII): One Spad.
40th and 41th victories of Bruno Loerzer(CO JG 3 Fokker D.VII): At 09.00 one Bristol F.2b over Dourges and one S.E.5a.
34th victory of Eduard von Schleich(CO JGR 8 Fokker D.VII): One Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 over Marquion.
By the Aviation Militaire
11th victory of Léon Nuville(Spa57 Spad VII S4938): One two-seater over Romain-Bourlandon. Shared with Adj Raymond Vanier.
4th victory of Raymond Vanier(Spa57 Spad XIII S9577): One two-seater over Romain-Bourlandon. Shared with S/Lt León Nuville.
35th victory(and last)of Maurice Boyau(Spa77 Spad XIII): At 11.17 one balloon(Drachen)near Marville. Shared with Asp Cessieux. Lt Maurice Boyau was KIA the same day, shot down by Ltn Georg von Hantelmann of Jasta 15.
Cpl René Walk(Spa77 Spad XIII)hit by AAA and crash by the enemy lines. POW.
11th victory of Marius Ambrogi(Spa90 Spad XIII): At 10.30 one balloon over Cirey. Shared with Adj Jean Pezon and Cpl Riviere.
6th victory of Jean Pezon(Spa90 Spad XIII): At 10.30 one balloon over Cirey. Shared with S/Lt Marius Ambrogi and Cpl Riviere.
9th victory of Gustave Daladier(Spa93 Spad XIII): At 10.25 one LVG C, NE of Juvelize. Shared with Adj Pierre Delage.
1th victory of Pierre Delage(Spa93 Spad XIII): At 10.25 one LVG C, NE of Juvelize. Shared with S/Lt Gustave Daladier.
19th victory of Claude Marcel Haegelen(Spa100 Spad XIII): At 12.00 one EA over Bois de Sept Sarges. Shared with Sgt Peuch.
By the RAF
19th victory(and last)of Harold Kullberg(1th Sqn S.E.5a B8427): At 10.30 one Fokker D.VII over Valenciennes.
1th victory of William Maxted(3th Sqn Sopwith Camel B7905): At 18.10 one Fokker D.VII over Bourlon Wood.
15th and 16th victories(and last)of Eugene Coler(11th Sqn Bristol F.2b E2215): By 08.30 one Pfalz D.XII and one Fokker D.VII, E of Cambrai. Observer was Lt E.J.Corbett.
9th victory of Cecil Gardner(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3818): At 09.40 one Fokker D.VII, N of Lille. Shared with Lt James Hardman.
6th victory of James Hardman(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin D3769): At 09.40 one Fokker D.VII, N of Lille. Shared with Capt Cecil Gardner.
6th victory of Roger Del’Haye(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin D5236): At 09.40 one Pfalz D.III, N of Lille.
3th victory Lewis Ray(19th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C4129): At 09.40 one Pfalz D.III, S of Lille.
24th, 25th and 26th victories(and last)of William Thomson(20th Sqn Bristol F.2b E2154): At 08.15 one Fokker D.VII, NE of St.Quentin and by 08.20 two more, over and NW of St.Quentin. Observer was Lt Harold Edwards.
15th victory of August Iaccaci(20th Sqn Bristol F.2b E2213): At 08.25 one Fokker D.VII, W of Lesdin. Observer was Sgt Arthur Newland.
2th victory of Nicholson Boulton(20th Sqn Bristol F.2b E2467): At 08.25 one Fokker D.VII, W of Lesdin.
12th victory of Frank Gibbons(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b E2454): At 15.30 one Fokker D.VII over Quesnoy Wood. Observer was Sgt Christopher Shannon.
6th victory(and last)of T.W.Martin(22th Sqn Bristol F.2b D8089): At 15.30 one Fokker D.VII over Quesnoy Wood. Observer was Sgt M.Jones.
5th and 6th victories of Harold White(23th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C8187): By 08.30-08.33 two Fokker D.VII over St.Quentin, the first shared with Lt A.P. Pehrson.
11th and 12th victories of Ernest Hoy(29th Sqn S.E.5a E5974): By 08.40-08.45 two Fokker D.VII, N of Quesnoy and E of Becelaere.
11th victory of Camille Lagesse(29th Sqn S.E.5a E4084): At 08.35 one Fokker D.VII, E of Linselles.
8th victory(and last)of Claude Wilson(29th Sqn S.E.5a D6940): At 09.17 one Fokker D.VII, N of Loos aerodrome.
4th victory of Bogart Rogers(32th Sqn S.E.5a E1399): At 18.10 one Fokker D.VII over Sancourton.
29th victory of Geoffrey Bowman(41th Sqn S.E.5a E4092): At 14.10 one Fokker D.VII near Houthulst.
47th and 48th victories of Donald MacLaren(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel F2137): One Fokker D.VII over Cambrai, shared with Lt R.Viall and Lt Cyril Sawyer and a second over the same area.
2th victory of Cyril Sawyer(46th Sqn Sopwith Camel D6693): At 18.15 one Fokker D.VII over Cambrai. Shared with Capt Donald MacLaren and Lt R.Viall.
15th victory(and last)of Cyril Crowe(56th Sqn S.E.5a B8354): At 18.45 one Fokker D.VII over Sauchy-Couchy.
4th victory of Harold Molyneux(56th Sqn S.E.5a D338): At 17.55 one Fokker D.VII over Havrincourt Wood.
6th victory of Lynn Campbell(62th Sqn Bristol F.2b). One Fokker D.VII. Observer was 2th Lt I.Egan.
8th and 9th victories of Ronald Bannerman(79th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C3879): At 11.45 one type C, N of Hollebeke and at 12.00 a second over Hooge.
12th victory of Carl Falkenberg(84th Sqn S.E.5a E6024): At 14.00 one Fokker D.VII over Montigny.
8th victory of Sidney Highwood(84th Sqn S.E.5a C6490): At 06.30 one Rumpler C over Selenoy, shared with Lt Cecil Wilson.
4th victory of Cecil Wilson(84th Sqn S.E.5a B8420): At 06.30 one Rumpler C over Selenoy, shared with 2th Lt Sidney Highwood.
11th victory(and last)of Herbert Larkin(87th Sqn Sopwith Dolphin C8163): At 17.30 one Fokker D.VII, W of Abancourt.
12th and 13th victories of Kenneth Conn(88th Sqn Bristol F.2b E2216): By 17.50 two Fokker D.VII, NE of Habourdin aerodrome. Observer was 2th Lt Bruce Digby-Worsley.
9th victory(and last)of Frederick Travers(150th Sqn Bristol M.1c C4976): At 12.05 one Fokker D.VII over Lake Doiran. Capt Travers was the only ace on Bristol M.1c Bullet.
13th victory(and last)of Reginald Brading(201th Sqn Sopwith Camel C196): At 17.35 one Fokker D.VII, SE of Cambrai.
6th victory(and last)of Robert McLaughlin(201th Sqn Sopwith Camel C195): At 17.35 one Fokker D.VII, SE of Cambrai.
6th victory of Frederick Britnell(203th Sqn Sopwith Camel D9611): At 18.40 one Fokker D.VII near Haynescourt.
15th, 16th and 17th victory of Charles Hickey(204th Sqn Sopwith Camel F3942): At 18.55 one Fokker D.VII over Blankenburghe-Zeebrugge, shared with 2th Lt N.Smith, Lt Risdon Bennet, Lt F.G.Bayley and 2th Lt J.R.Chisman and by 19.10 two more over the same area.
4th and 5th victories(and last)of Risdon Bennett(204th Sqn Sopwith Camel D8187): By 18.55-19.00 one Fokker D.VII over Blankenberghe-Zeebrugge, shared with Capt Charles Hickey, 2th Lt N.Smith, Lt F.G.Bayley and 2th Lt J.R.Chisman and at 19.00 one LVG C over Blankenberghe.
3th, 4th and 5th victories of William Craig(204th Sqn Sopwith Camel D3374): By 19.05-19.10 three Fokker D.VII over Blankenberghe.
By the AFC(Australian Flying Corps)
10th and 11th victories of Roby Manuel(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C1948): At 07.30 one Fokker D.VII over Habourdin and at 08.00 a second, 1.5 m S of Droglandt.
7th and 8th victories of Francis Smith(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a C6403): By 07.30 two Fokker D.VII over Lille.
1th victory of Frank Alberry(No.2 Sqn S.E.5a D6995): At 07.30 one Fokker D.VII, NW of Lille.
17th victory of Elwyn King(No.4 Sqn Sopwith Camel E7202): At 06.25 one Fokker D.VII over Le Quesnoy.
13th victory of Herbert Watson(No.4 Sqn Sopwith Camel D8159): At 06.25 one Fokker D.VII over Le Quesnoy.
3th victory of George Jones(No.4 Sqn Sopwith Camel C3324): At 08.20 one Fokker D.VII over Frelinghien.
2th victory of Thomas Barkell(No.4 Sqn Sopwith Camel E7191): At 08.20 one Fokker D.VII over Frelinghien.
1th victory of Arthur Palliser(No.4 Sqn Sopwith Camel F1403): At 08.20 one Fokker D.VII over Frelinghien.
By the USAAS
7th and 8th victories of Frank Luke(27th Aero Sqn Spad XIII): One balloon over Reville and at 19.40 a second over Romagne.
3th and 4th victories of Joseph Wehner(27th Aero Sqn Spad XIII): At 19.40 one balloon over Romagne and at 19.45 a second over Mangiennes.
2th victory of Chester Wright(93th Aero Sqn Spad XIII): At 13.20 one Fokker D.VII over Chambley. Shared with Lt H. D. Lindsley.
By the Italian front
5th victory(and last)of Sebastiano Bedendo(71a Spad VII): One EA.