20 March 1915 – Germans bomb Deal

Four German aeroplanes (three Friedrichshafen FF29 floatplanes and an Oertz FB3 flying boat) attempted to attack coastal shipping off the Kent coast. Some excitement was caused in the vicinity of Deal on Saturday morning by the appearance of one of the planes, which dropped several bombs on merchant ships in the Downs. The machine was first seen about 11.35. One bomb fell near the derelict ship Montrose, others fell alongside the U.S. barque Manga Reva and the Dutch SS Flora.

Later that day, Flight Lieutenant C A Eyre and based at RNAS Dover took off in a White & Thompson No.3 Flying Boat, serial number 1197 to search for the attackers, but failed to find them.


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