Diary May 9, 1918

Capitaine Rene Fonck

Capitaine Rene Fonck is a master of deflection shooting and his sparing of ammunition bordering on the uncanny. His official victory score as a thoughtful and analytical fighter pilot was 75 at the end of the war, but he claimed 127 kills.

World War One Diary for Thursday, May 9, 1918:

Air War

Western Front: French ace Fonck in 5min 50sec (in Spad) destroys 6 German aircraft (again on September 26) over the Somme firing only 52 rounds.
France: Allied Supreme War Council first discusses air policy. 3 of 4 ‘Giant’ bombers flying raids on coastal targets destroyed in crash-landings (fog).

Western Front

Flanders: German attacks in La Cytte-Voormezeele sector.
Somme: French success at Grivesnes northwest of Montdidier.

Southern Fronts

Piave: Lieutenant Carlo Sabatini and 4 Arditi lead Italians onto Mt Corno (Vallarsa valley) and retain it with 100 PoWs against counter­-attacks on May 11.

Sea War

Channel: Troop transport Queen Alexandra rams and sinks coastal submarine UB-78 north of Cherbourg.

Call of War
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