The Christmas cheer is most definitely over as today saw nine combats reported to RFC Headquarters., though the only victory of the day was achieved by the RNAS.
2nd Lieutenants G L Fitt and M Head of 8 Squadron were on reconnaissance over Sancourt in their BE2c (2670). They were attacked by Oberleutnant E Althaus of KEK in his Aviatik and shot down. Both men were killed.
18 Squadron also took its first losses when Lieutenant E J Strover and 1AM W Holden were shot down in their Vickers FB5 (2343). Striver managed to land the plane and both were taken prisoner.
The only British success of the day was reported by 1 Wing RNAS IN Dunkirk when Flight Sublieutenant JBP Ferrand and 1AM Oldfield shot down an enemy seaplane in their FBA Flying Boat (3113) near Westende. They ended up in a combat with four aircraft and saw one crash into the sea and sink.