Diary March 15, 1918

Captain Rene Fonck

Captain Rene Fonck, with 75 victories at the end of the war, absolute Allied top ace and one of the most feared snipers among fighter pilots.

World War One Diary for Friday, March 15, 1918:

Air War

Western Front: French ace Fonck (20 victories to date) kills German ace and fighter leader Tutshek (27 victories) over Champagne.

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.

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