The RAFs Aegean Group (formed on 1 April 1918) is a disparate selection of isolated stations scattered over the Aegean area from Lemnos to Crete. In theory the Air Ministry’s intention was that each of the two wings should comprise a fighter, a light bomber, and a seaplane Squadron.
However, the reality of demands for pilots and aircraft on the Western Front meant that the wings were always below their allotted strength. Practicality reigned and one wing (62) consisted of three composite units each consisting of two Flights of bombers and two of fighters stationed at Stavros and Imbros, and the third also at Imbros but available to be moved work as required.
63 Wing comprised two seaplane squadrons, distributed among the stations at Talikna(Lemnos), Skyros, Suda Bay, and Syra along with the depot ship Ark Royal. The Group’s headquarters was at Mudros, where the central aircraft depot formed an erecting and distributing centre for aeroplanes to all stations.
The duties of the group are:
(a) Bombing attacks on enemy centres.
(b) Routine patrols of the Dardanelles and Sea of Marmara to give warning of enemy naval activity, with occasional reconnaissances to Constantinople.
(c) Anti-submarine patrols, and
(d) Army reconnaissances on the Salonika front (by the Stavros unit).
As part of this, Bombers from 62 Wing have been carrying out attacks on Constantinople since 1 July 1918 with the aim of bringing the war to Turkish civillians.
Today 12 DH9s in two separate formations of seven and five attacked the city, reporting hits on the War Office, the railway, and on the suburb of Haidar Pasha. All the aircraft returned safely.