Diary June 16, 1917

Zeppelin L42 and L63

L42 and L63 lie in their shed.

World War One Diary for Saturday, June 16, 1917:

Air War

Britain: Strasser (new ‘Leader of German Navy Airships’) rashly attempts London raid on nearly shortest night of year with 4 Zeppelins (2 return early). L42 (Dietrich) fortuitously detonates a Ramsgate naval ammo store, but L48 (Schütze, Strasser’s deputy) hounded to death from c.13,000ft over Suffolk by 3 RFC aircraft after suffering double engine failure (night June 17-18, 3 survivors).

Southern Fronts

Trentino: Italians vainly attack Austrian Mt Ortigara positions all day, losses over 6,000 soldiers.

Sea War

Mediterranean: Allied blockade of Greece lifted, frees small craft for anti-submarine duties.

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