Diary October 12, 1916

Raymond Collishaw

Raymond Collishaw, first flying Sopwith 1 1/2-Strutters he had destroyed three enemy aircraft by the end of 1916. After a short spell flying Pups he switch to the Sopwith Triplane. His score reached 40 by then end of 1917 and 60 until the armistice. He became an Air Marshal of the RAF in WW2.

World War One Diary for Thursday, October 12, 1916:

Air War

Western Front: Canadian RNAS aviator Collishaw scores first of 60 victories.
Germany: No 3 Wing RNAS, first British strategic bombing unit, flies first major operation from Luxeuil (Vosges) with 21 aircraft (3 lost) against Mauser small-arms factory in Oberndorf; 34 French aircraft (6 lost) participate. German fighters attack at the target and back.

Western Front

Battle of the Somme: British attack on 4­-mile front Eaucourt-Bapaume, gain 500-1000 yards. French have taken 40,125 PoWs since July 1.

Southern Fronts

Isonzo: Italians push Austrians east of river Vallano. Operations suspended in evening after total of 8,200 PoWs taken in 2­-mile advance for 24,000 casualties.
Salonika: British War Office committee ‘We have had to deal with a specially virulent … malarial infection in a body of troops unseasoned to tropical conditions’ (304 deaths to November 11, 1916.

Neutrals

Greece: Admiral Fournet demands Allied control of police, no Greek citizens to carry arms, no war material to Thessaly, but wheat exports can be resumed.

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