Diary June 24, 1917

Heinrich Gontermann Fokker Dr I

Destroying the heavily-defended balloons called for a high degree of courage, some pilots specializing in the work. One such was Heinrich Gontermann, who accounted for 18 before being killed.

World War One Diary for Sunday, June 24, 1917:

Air War

Western Front: Germans shoot down 3 BEF Second Army balloons, 2 more subsequently. Independent Jagdgeschwader 1 of Jasta 4, 6, 10 and 11 formed under Richthofen (returned from 6 week leave on June 14) with c.50 fighters.

Western Front

Artois: BEF First Army advances astride river Souchez as Germans retreat before 46th Division’s attacks (night June 24-25).

Politics

Austria: Count Czernin ‘We could have a separate peace with England in 8 days. It would be a momentary
salvation, but … the certain ruin of the dynasty.’

Neutrals:

Greece: Prime Minister Zaimis resigns, will not recall Venizelist­-dominated Chamber of 13 June 1915.

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