28 May 1915 – They’re gone

Soon after the occupation of Karibib, German South West Africa, on 6 May, an advanced party of the South African Aviation Corps took over an aerodrome previously used by the Germans and made it serviceable.

The first reconnaissance flights from the new aerodrome were made today. Lieutenant K. R. van der Spuy, in one of the Henri Farmans, flew out North-East towards Omaruru where the enemy had retreated to. He reports that few of the enemy are left there and that it looks as if the enemy is preparing to abandon the place. This will be welcome news to General Botha and his men who are stuck in Windhoek awaiting the repair of the railway.

There is no sign of the German Aviatik which has been spotted occasionally. Rumours abound that it crashed a couple of days ago near Kalkfeld, NE of Omaruru.


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