Diary May 12, 1918

top ace of the British fighter pilots 'Mick' Mannock

The top ace of the British fighter pilots ‘Mick’ Mannock achieves 73 kills until the armistice, although he has lost one of his eyes.

World War One Diary for Sunday, May 12, 1918:

Air War

Western Front: Mannock’s SE5a flight of No 74 Squadron destroy 6 of 8 German fighters encountered, Mannock scores over 20 victories during May including 3 Pfalz fighters and a Hannover two-seater (May 21).

Sea War

St George’s Channel: White Star liner and troopship Olympic (46,359t) rams and sinks U-103 after she summons 4 others to intercept convoys (coastal submarine UB-72 sunk at Royal Navy submarine D4).
Eastern Atlantic – ‘Invasion of St Kilda’: U-19 (Spiess) shells remote Scottish Western Island’s only settlement; then lands armed party to shoot sheep.
Adriatic: Italian destroyers sink transport from Austrian convoy off Durazzo.
Mediterranean: ­British transport Omrah sunk by U-boat off Cape Spartivento (Sardinia); transports Leasowe Castle (99 lives lost; May 26) and Missir (44 lives lost; May 29) similarly sunk off Alexandria.

Politics

Germany: Kaiser and Emperor Charles sign Austro-German Waffenbund at Spa (including economic cooperation especially in Ukraine; Charles agrees to major offensive in Italy; one draft of ‘Charles’ journey to Canossa’ extends political treaty to January 1, 1940.

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