11 March 1915 – Neuve Chapelle day 2 – disaster for 4 Squadron

The weather worsened today making artillery observation almost impossiible. Nevertheless, the RFC continued to bomb selected targets. Before dawn,  4 Squadron attempted the RFC’s first ever night bombing against Lille Station – against the wishes of the Squadron Commander, Major Longcroft, who thoughr the attack foolish in the onditions. Predictably it was a disaster. Ot the three aircraft assigned, Captain R. J. F. Barton, was forced by engine failure to land soon after starting, and wrecked his aeroplane. Lieutenants A. St. J. M. Warrand and G. W. Mapplebeck, crashed behind enemy lines and failed to return.

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  1. Pingback: 19 March 1915 – Captain Warrand dies, Captain Mapplebeck still missing | airwar19141918

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