The weather improved today on the Western Front, although the snow remained on the ground, and visibility remained poor. hampering artillery co-operation work. Photographic work and bombing was more successful including attacks on Ingelmunster and Staden aerodromes.
19 Squadron RFC are based at Ballieul as part of 11 Army Wing and provided air cover for these operations. Like their 1 Squadron colleagues, they are also saddled with an obsolete aircraft in the SPADVII. They got into a scrap with German pilots from Jasta 3 shortly after 1000 near Houthulst Forest and claimed seven enemy Albatrosses out of control. Major Albert Desbrisay Carter claimed one, and Lieutenant John G S Candy attacked another which was diving on Major Carter from behind and shot it down out of control. Lieutenant Arthur Bradfield Fairclough destroyed one and shot down a second out of control, and Lieutenant John Dartnell De Pencier hit one which fell out of control, while Captain Patrick Huskinson shot down two out of control. German records suggest that none of claims actually resulted in any losses.
19 Squadron did however lose one of its own aircraft when 2nd-Lieutenant Howell Elias Galer was shot down and taken prisoner in his SPADVII (B6780). Leutnant Carl Menckhoff from Jasta 3 claimed the victory.