Diary October 28, 1916

German fighter ace Oswald Boelcke

The German fighter ace Oswald Boelcke is killed in an emergency landing after an airplane collision, because he was not properly strapped.

World War One Diary for Saturday, October 28, 1916:

Air War

Somme: Captain O Boelcke (40 victories), first great air combat tactician killed, aged 25, in Albatros mid-air collision over Pozieres with Jasta 2 wingman Lieutenant Erwin Boehme during dog-fight in which 8 German fighters down 3 RFC artillery observation aircraft and a Nieuport. One of 12 German aircraft losses in October.

Sea War

Irish Sea: British Donaldson liner Marina (18 lost, including six Americans) sunk without warning by U-boat off Fastnet.

Politics

Anglo-German Agreement to exchange interned civilians over 45 years.
USA: U-boat sinks US SS Lanao off Portugal.

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