Diary September 6, 1916
Diary for Wednesday, September 6, 1916:
Major James Thomas Byford McCudden was one of the very small number of pre-war rankers who rose to commissioned service and command in the RCF. He was tragically killed, when his score stood at 57, after an engine failure in 1918.
Western Front: Flight-Sergant McCudden (DH2 pilot in 29 Squadron) scores
first of 57 victories in I Anzac Corps Ypres sector. Royal Flying Corps 5th Bde (2 lost) bomb 2 German airfields east of Bapaume, destroy 1 aircraft on ground.
Transylvania: Falkenhayn‘s Ninth Army formed. Rumanians occupy province capital Hermannstadt.
Battle of the Somme: British capture Leuze Wood and advance to Ginchy. Asquith inspects Fricourt ruins; French guns smash 10 German counter-attacks southwest of Barleux and south of Belloy.